I would, and have, recommended this book with gusto I loved it so much. The story starts off slow so please make sure you give it time. It will all come together but it took me about 3 hours of listening before I was hooked. I found myself trying to find 10 min here and there to listen to this book, which never happens. It is a powerful story that is written from three different characters perspectives. You bounce around from character to character and before the chapter is over, you have great emotion linked to their story whether it be sympathy or hate or both. The ending left me surprised and I was so sad to let this book go. This book left a lasting mark on me and I would highly recommend it.
Not at first but once you are a few hours in, I could not put this book down. I wanted so badly to side with one character and then I would hear the next chapter from another character and I would change my mind again.
The narrators do a fabulous job with story. The accents and german are perfectly done and add so much to the characters of this tale.
This story was sooooo good in the first 10 hours then the concentration camp part started and it just went on and on (hence the 4 stars). But the book is so good I HAD to find out what happens next so I listened not only when I was driving or exercising (like I usually do) but at my house, (usually reserved for TV watching). But obviously it was thought provoking since I took the time to write my first Audible review. Definitely will read Picoult again so glad I found another good writer that develops characters so completely and engrossing.
Rare the contemporary fiction that delivers unique characters, compelling narrative and a plot twist at the end. The Storyteller delivers in spades. Sage is the truly flawed as the protagonist and any woman can't help but yearn for a Leon the plucky and endearing FBI agent who grew up as a nerdy outsider who accepts Sage - partly because OF her flaws.
The experiences of Nimka (sp) in WWll are dark - what a reminder of man's inhumanity against man. How Holocaust survivors got on with their lives never ceases to amaze me - and cause me to pause and feel gratitude for where I am and for what I have/have not.
How Jodi continues to create these rich-drawn characters written into tightly woven narratives is truly astonishing - especially after getting
stuck with some truly bad fiction.
Go on - use the credit - you'll be immensely satisfied.
This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. The book was intricate and inspiring, and the book was read by an entire cast of performers all of whom portrayed their characters beautifully.
I have listened to many books about the Holocaust, but at times, I had to stop listening and take a break. Disturbingly graphic, but overall,a good story. Good performances, however, the German accents seemed forced. Not my favorite, but interesting.
How Jodi Picoult weaved the story between different characters was masterful. The book had me connected to the characters as they went through their obstacles, conflicts, trial and tribulations. Very much enjoyed it.
Jodi Picoult is an amazing story teller and this is now my favorite book she has written. She weaves an intricate story of 4 lives that come together to challenge the reader to question their position on good and evil, forgiveness and retribution, love and hate. The characters have such depth to them and the readers do such an excellent job of creating them that I found myself absorbed not only in the many story lines the book takes you on but in the characters themselves. I highly recommend this book.
Sorry if this is a spoiler in any way, but half the book is a holocaust survivor story. It was very good, but I wish I knew that it was about this. It made for a very depressing drive to work.
This is by far the best Jodi Picoult book I've read. She does an amazing job of making the Holocaust real to generations who have heard about it and yet cannot imagine the unfathomable reality of it. The different narrators are good, and I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the modern story of Sage with Minka's Holoucaust story, and her own piece of fiction. But it was really Minka's story that moved me. I knew about the atrocities in an academic way, but after reading her stories I feel that I understand the sheer unrelenting, stupid madness of this evil a little more. I am still struggling with the idea that so many Germans participated in this travesty, though.