If you have never read about the Holocaust in World War II, this is an excellent book to acquaint you with the horror and madness of that era. And, not that there are two sides to the story, but there are two sides to the people--both Germans and Jews. Well-written and superbly read, the book works as history and novel.
But, if you have more than a passing knowledge of the Holocaust, or have known people who have lived through it, you might not want to revisit the subject. I have known survivors, and was not aware of the Holocaust part of the story before listening to it. My problem was "seeing" my relatives as participants in the story, and that was to say the least, uncomfortable.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
This was a book so steeped in emotion that I found it hard to turn off the car and come in the house. Several times, I walked in the front door wearing my headset! The voices of the various performers were masterful. The story was engaging and painful in many places. I cannot think of a negative to mention.
Hard question to answer. Saige was an interesting and complex character. But I also enjoyed Jozef, despite his horrid history and the fact that he had been a monster during World War II. The character development was well-done and I particularly liked the way Ms. Picoult moved from character to character, telling the story from that person's viewpoint. Very well done.
The grandmother's accent was fairly well done. I liked Saige's voice... I found it strangely calming, even when she was agitated.
Yes, it definitely was a book I wanted to continue listening to. I have been recommending it.
Holocaust novels are particularly difficult for me to listen to though i lost no family in the camps. This one has such an interesting premise and is very well written in my opinion.
Very good book for sure. So hard to read at times because of just how terrible it was for the Jews during WW2. Super creative in the separate stories all coming together in the end.
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The narrators had great voices and the historical facts of the story. I loved it.
Narrators were great.
I did laugh at times, and felt sad at others.
You just got to hear this book
I liked The Storyteller primarily for the stories that wrap around the central story of a Polish Jewish Ghetto and the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The relationships formed by the main characters (Sage and her sisters and her grandmother; Josef Weber and his brother; Sage's married lover, Adam; and Sage's new lover, Leo) are more interesting to me than the details of the grandmother's deportation to Auschwitz and her life there. The details of the Auschwitz segment are well told by Jodi Picoult but those facts have been told in many other novels, including some fairly recent best-sellers, such as, Chris Bohjalian's novel Skeletons at the Feast and Jenna Blum's novel Those Who Save Us.
The unique appeal of The Storyteller lies in the examination of guilt and forgiveness, lies and truth, ugliness and beauty. Sage, who is physically scarred because of an accident, is the granddaughter of a woman scarred by the concentration camp. Sage also becomes the friend of a very old man, who is mourning the death of his wife but also seeking death and forgiveness for his actions 70 years earlier. How Sage deals with this old man's guilt and need for forgiveness is deeply moving and human. Her feelings and actions are ambivalent, flawed, and understandable. The author's ability to portray Sage's internal conflict lifts this novel to the high level of acclaim that it has attracted.
Surprising, intriguing, captivating
I really liked this book. It was not at all what I had expected it to be but I was pleasantly surprised. It was reads very well and kept me entertained. I hated when I had to press pause to go do things throughout my day and could hardly wait to come back to it to start back up where I left off.
Ms. Picoult, when on her "A" game, is a brilliant storyteller. She has phoned in a couple recent efforts, but not this one. "The Storyteller" is not an easy book to read. But it is SO worth it! She weaves a complex story with complicated characters and a challenging plot. But it is just so, so well-woven. The modern romance and worthy-of-today's-headlines love story are nicely drawn and effective. But it is in the story of the Grandmother/Storyteller's time in the captivity of the Nazis that will compel you to listen, even when "the going gets tough."
This is a very human story. It is about guilt and redemption and the realistic levels of tolerance. It's also about triumph and determination and sheer put-one-foot-in-front-of-another courage. And it's so much more.
I highly recommend it. Narration is very well done. Don't analyze. Don't think too much about it. Just read it.
No, I enjoyed it, but I rarely reread books. This one isn't uplifting or funny, so it doesn't need a second visit
The details of what the concentration camps were like were fascinating.
I loved the mixture of the narrators. That kept me interested in the book
It's a good book, it's not uplifting and I didn't agree with the main characters actions. In some ways, it took me a while to get her and I'm not sure I ever really embraced her. I actually could "get" the other characters better for what ever reason. It's well written and interesting but it did get long.
This was a riveting story of the holocaust. Starts out sort of slow, but then became very intense, so emotional.
Yes, the story was so well written you felt as if you were there, witnessing it all.
Excellent!!! Everyone of the narrators made the story come to life.
The middle of the book, when the Grandmother was telling her memories of life a a jew in the camps.
I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried. This book stayed with me for awhile. I embraced the characters. I had to stop listening and just cry. The rollercoster ride was worth it. I was hooked from the begining. Be prepared to have a hard time putting this one down. Simply amazing book..