A Jodi Picoult novel, narrated by Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, Suzanne Toren, and Fred Berman. The Storyteller is just over 18 hours of listening in the audiobook format.
There are near 10,000 reviews, you need not go far for a synopsis of plot.
No issues with narration, it’s fine.
These comments are directed to the overall impression of mixing a diabolical historical event still an open sore to survivors/descendants, and a mythical SciFi character. The Storyteller very typically Picoult, well written, a page turning mystery with considerable research, a vivid imagination, or a combination of both.
The story within the story is a part of the book I didn’t particularly like - it was extraneous to the heart of the tale - one of the darkest eras of humanity, the holocaust. That segment of the story devoted to modern day Nazi hunting and the memories of Minka through a ghetto, box cars, multiple concentration camps, multiple losses of family and friends, Nazi visceral brutality and genocide, etc., is a gripping tale. These segments are interrupted with another story however, the fictional tale of a vampire - Minka’s writings and link to sanity during her ordeal.
The overall story had me completely lost, initially, until I figured out that the vampire story was Minka’s writings. I had trouble grasping this; it was so bizarre and unrelated to the holocaust. Even Picoult’s effort to weave the vampire tale into a Nazi siblings relationship at the end of the book is a bit silly.
I’m torn with liking/recommending this book. I guess if you like the work of Picoult, you’ll like the book. The Storyteller isn’t the best holocaust book, nor is it the best vampire book - but it is a Picoult novel. Not her best, though.
I know, reading plenty of Jodi Piccoult novels, that there is usually a big twist. I paid very close attention, and was happy that I had it sort or right.
reading this novel gave me more insight into world war 2 and the carnage, faced by Jews. I was brought to tears nearly every time I listened. this book was amazing and told in exquisite detail, even some, which were difficult to hear. simply wonderful! thank you.
The characters are breathtaking in their ambiguities and power. The narrators seem perfectly cast and bring to life these real and struggling people in the story.
This book was littered with coincidence and moments that were supposed to be poignant but were laughable because they sounded like they were scripted for a movie. While I enjoyed the stories regarding Minka's plight during the Holocaust, I found the rest of the book pretty ridiculous. So many thing made me say "Oh, come on!" aloud in disbelief. One example is that Sage's co-worker only speaks in haiku. Yes, haiku. I'm not kidding. But there are at least another dozen things I could list that were ridiculous in this book, but I'll let it go because I'm talking myself into lowering my rating. So bottom line: Minka's story which takes up about half of the book is good; Sage's story is two thumbs down.
We live in Wisconsin and enjoy listening to books as we travel. Being retired has it perks.
this book was captivating and a pleasure to listen to. great piece of history made into a fictional masterpiece. The ending is some what unpredictable.
What a wonderfully written book. I loved how all the characters were connected.
The story jumps back and forth from present day to World War II in Poland. The detail provided and the story developed shot the nazi reign and abide of Jews was just heart wrenching.
The book starts off a little slow, but picks up pace quickly. You will not want to stop listening!!