Ms. Picoult is a talented writer, and I "read" most everything she writes, but typically I find her books a bit formulaic, but well written nonetheless.
This book is not in the least "formulaic!" It is a story told with so many layers, and each one is as captivating as the next. It's not difficult to follow, and if it seems to be implied here, I don't mean it to be. It's absolutely fascinating. Each layer is beautiful and compelling.
Bravo, Ms. Picoult!
Worth every bit of your time and money! The story, the story within the story and history of the characters will keep you captivated. The cast of performers were excellent.
I'll break with tradition and start with a review of the narration. In short, it was excellent, with each reader performing exceptionally well. I've listened to many books with multiple narrators where one or more of the actors didn't perform as well as the others. In those cases, having a comparative co-narrator made their inadequacies more glaring.
As for the story, it was bit different from what I expected. The main character living in the presentwas a bit too whiny for my tastes, but it turns out she was actually not in over half of the story. The middle part of the book deals with the story of her Grandmother during the war, which is a good thing, as that part of the story was very good.
There were parts of the book that could have been edited out. The affair the main character had was not necessary to the story at all, and I felt it detracted from the overall plot. As for the "story" her Grandmother authored during her youth and through her internment, I found it distracting at first, but it did eventually form a central point for the entire novel.
The ending and the coincidences manufactured for the story were a bit too obvious, but hey, it's fiction, and although it made the ending a bit predictable, it didn't harm the story all that much.
So, in summary, it is worth the credit and the time to check out. The narration definitely enhances the story, so the audible format may be the best option.
Loved the narration, and the story was amazing.
Held my attention and made me look for reasons to walk or drive, which is when I listen to books. This author is great and rarely disappoints!
The story was always flowing and developing and I found it hard to turn it off.
Great book but no one can accuse this book of lifting your spirits. Lots of great truths in this book. Makes you think.
Avid reader and hard-core dreamer!
I enjoyed listening to Minka's life story the most. She was easy to love.
The Storyteller is a very precise, accurate title for this book as it intricately weaves several stories into one that brings you to this ahhhhhhh haaaaa moment at the end (that I particularly did not see coming).
I was absolutely heart broken to read the stories of the Holocaust victims and survivors and while you know this is a story of fiction, you also know in your heart that certain facts are true and there must have been people who had experiences such as this one. You learn about this event in school, but not to the detail that Jodi describes.
I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and I immensely enjoy how she weaves serious religious issues into each of her books with such care and thought as to provoke you into other ways to think about a particular subject.
Forgiveness was the main issue that I took from this book. While the Lord's prayer states "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us", this book asks you to take into question the two words 'against us" at the end of that phrase and that maybe we don't have to necessarily "forgive" people who sin against humanity, but that that phrase is moreso asking us to forgive those who sin against us to keep the bitterness out of our heart. I thought this was particularly interesting because I had not ever thought of it quite like that. Personally, I still like the thought of forgiving everyone as it's not our place to judge, it's Gods.
Sage was not my favorite character. I found her to be quite weak, annoying, oh poor pitiful me, etc and unfortunately she never really redeemed herself. That would be my only qualm with this read.
I loved the story teller! It was nothing like I thought it would, it gave me a deep understanding of things I didn't understood before. It was weird to stand with the main characters in the fence on right and wrong.
what a journey through history. I was enthralled by the story. it felt like you were always waiting for an answer to something new