A story of tragedy, insecurity, love, imagination, forgiveness, and survival. A tale that forces you to think what would I do? I laughed and cried. Unforgettable listening experience.
This is not a kind review I guess. I was trying out Picoult because had heard she is admired. Will not be writing any more poor reviews For this author I promIse; because I will never try another book of hers. She is 'not for me'.
I might have finished the book as a time filler but the audio transitioned poorly. When multiple characters tell a story it would not kill the audiobook editors to insert a spoken caption between characters. Especially when a female narrator does multiple characters, but a male narrator is used for the one male character. Weird. On top of which, as the story unfolds you realize one thread is a story inside the story, while the rest are just the story. If you think my description was inelegant imagine experiencing it as a listener who does not suspect how the book is laid out.
The second reason I couldn't get through the book was that it was that icky chick lit bunkum that I can't tolerate. Heroine who is horribly disfigured but actually strikingly beautiful, plus an orphan; noble Harvard lawyer who although sticking with the program, realizes after he graduates that the culture is not a good fit, ditches it all for a low paid position as Nazi tracker (with is frankly winding down from attrition these days and is difficult to picture as a calling for a young, sharp, and motivated man who wants to make a difference); Nazi SS guard hiding in plain sight, in the same small town as a holocaust survivor; Jewish mother; vampires; generations of amazing bakers (who are related but who are also each self taught because baking is a genetic gift not a skill); a nun who spurned her vows but has regular epiphanies. And a little dog too.
I should have known that I would be intolerant of such a mix of characters unless the book was a genre- bending meta sendup. I am deeply sorry to Picoult lovers and the author for a nasty review, but for my fellow eye-rollers who feel like they have heard it all and are looking for a new author: Picoult's probably not for you either.
Didn't need to. Never liked them in the first place.
Narrators were good but transitions between characters perspectives was absent and confusing.
Didn't get through book. Would have added audio captions when switching between characters.
Minka's story of survival of the Holocaust as a prisoner at Auschwitz and how it intertwined with Josef Weber's story as an SS guard at Auschwitz during World War II.
Leo Stein because he's charming and funny.
When the farmer's wife washed Minka's hair.
Experience the Holocaust Through Minka's Eyes
Next to "The Kitchen House" and "The Healing," "The Storyteller" was the best book I've read all year.
A riveting Jodi Picoult book woven with heartbreaking truths and inescapable realities. The question that lingers with me.. What would i have done? Sometimes forgiveness is impossible.
I must confess, if I'd known this book has the Holocaust theme in it, I wouldn't have bought it. I didn't know what this book was about, it's the first time I read this author, and I'm so glad I've read it. You see, I'm jewish. I live in Israel. I have already heard it all. not from books, not from the history channel, I grew up with it, stories from my own relatives who survived. I know it, it's in my DAN. But as I kept listening, I had the feeling of- this is too much, as a fictional book the auther must know that there is a limit to what the reader can take- reading about the never ending suffering in the camps, and then it hit me, though I have heard it first hand from my grandfather, there was no limit to their suffering in reality. and yes, the book is very well written, but more importently, if you didn't hear it from your grandparents, this book will give you a real glance to what it was like. It's a must.
You will know when you get there, but there are parts of this book that will make you cry. In addition to feeling sorrow, you will get angry at some of the characters and angry that such atrocities actually occurred in the past. This story is a good reminder to be greatful for the little things in life and for the most obvious.
I love that this is a story in a story in a story. There are so many layers to this book. It just makes you think on so many levels.
Yes and no. It's not an edge of the seat type of thriller. But I was so captured by the characters and their stories that I definitely had to keep listening.
Minka is a character I won't soon forget. She is written so well, and the performance really does her justice. .
This book made me want to discuss it with everyone. I have most of my friends listening or reading just so we can do that. Just the questions of right and wrong, coupled with forgiveness for those acts keep me thinking about this story long after I finished it.
I think this book should be required reading - especially in ethics classes.
This was a hard one to get into. I almost returned it as this story and how it jumped around so much from stories almost lost me. It grabbed me when the Grandmother started telling her story and then I was hooked. Fantastic narration and just grabbed you with her heart breaking saga of being in a concentration camp as a young girl and how she survived. The ending just kept getting better as it all came together. I'm still not thrilled with how this author threw in a few chapters of who is this and how does this connect with the story, but at the end you find out. It's a great 4 star book with a 5 star narration from this group. WOW!!