Emotionally moving experience
There were several narrators for different characters that were telling their story. I enjoyed the different voices.
Some of the descriptions of the concentration camps were vivid and horrifyingly realistic.
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
While I don't regret spending the time listening to this, the middle of the book gets very repetitious. The story within a story, within a story, format is laboured. After spending too long on the middle of the story, the very ending is rather brief, which is consistent with some of Picoult's other books. I think some of her other works have a better pace to them and are more suspenseful and engaging. It was very well read by all the narrators.
I probably will listen to The Storyteller again - I love the way it was narrated - I love the story ... so wonderful!
The plot was outstanding - it just was.
I think that Minka was my favorite character... she was so strong.
It made me laugh out loud, I argued with decisions made, I cried when you listen to Minka's story.... so good.
Love this book!!
What must you break to bring a family together? Bread of Course! - One of my favorite quotes from the Book :)
Full of all of the things I love best about Jodi Picoult! So many twists and turns and you will never guess the ending! Full of moral dilemmas and makes you wonder... What would you do in her shoes?
Great allegory.. the grandmother in her youth lived vicariously through a story she wanted to write as a means to survive both the Jewish Ghetto and the concentration camp. Was one of those rare books that you never want to end. Not overly graphic but descriptive enough to make you feel there.
Avid reader and journalist deploying my pen in the service of this planet's visionaries.
No one really wants to read about life in a concentration camp, but Jodi Picoult takes us and holds us there with a gripping narrative that weaves several story lines together.
It is the story of identify that focuses on a woman with a birthmark that makes social interaction excruciating for her. She embarks on a journey of self discovery when she encounters an old man who seems harmless, but is not. He asks her to kill him and, she discovers, he has good reasons to want to be dead. In turn, she has good reasons to want him dead. But it turns out she has just as many good reasons to keep him alive.
Here, the multiple storyline structure has a valid and welcome purpose - it's not a stylistic vanity. Picoult's multiple protagonists provide the reader with relief from the tougher parts of this narrative and the story lines all arrive elegantly in a plausible authentic place in a satisfying conclusion.
This is a courageous story about the grey areas between good and bad, about where our own shortcomings and petty jealousies can lead us. It is about siblings and families and rivalries and finding some kind of purpose in our lives. And it also about just how sadly the wars that we embark upon as nations can impact, distort and destroy human lives.
NO! There were NO ENDS TO ANY OF THE STORIES! With several story lines in the book, I was HOPING there would be an ending to one of them, but NO.
Yes, don't think I would ever read anything from this author again. This was my first and probably my last.
I did LOVE the historical depiction of Minka through the Holocaust. That part was great.
With so many different story lines to this book, it looks like the author could have made one of them come out "right". Even the ending with Leo and Sage is off. Not everyone is an author and can make "their own ending". That's why I love to read.........for the endings.
Not one I'd recommend. Overall an interesting story, but too long and I almost gave up on it because it was so choppy -- I didn't think she did a great job weaving together the story lines. I found the Holocaust scenes disturbing and I did not like the horror fairy tale/fable she worked in and weekly tied in toward the end.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT THEY DOWNLOAD FROM ANOTHER LISTING SO THAT THERE WOULD NOT BE THE DIFFICULTY IN REVIEWING THE PLACE ON IPOD TO FIND WHERE YOU ARE. IT WAS VERY ANNOYING TO HAVE THE SINGULAR TRACK FOR THE WHOLE BOOK!
While not a fast-paced thriller, this novel was gripping nonetheless and kept me listening for hour upon hour. The author (an awesome storyteller) tells related stories from several vantage points and it's not until close to the end that you realize how they mesh. The main character is a young American girl who has distanced herself from her Jewish heritage. Seemingly by accident, she meets an old man who has a connection to one of her ancestors. He is tormented by guilt and asks her to help him. Several interesting characters and plot twists keep this novel moving at a good pace. Highly recommend.this listen.
Many things can be taken away from this book and so not to spool it for any one, I will only review on the main thing I gained from this story. Many have forgotten the true horror and brutality of the Holocaust, thank you Jodi Picoult for painting a real and touching reminder in respect to the Jews who survived and those that did not... May God have mercy and never allow humans to repeat this kind of hate and ignorance again.....