While the performance is phenomenal, the story is very predictable. I enjoyed the book and was deeply disturbed by the stories of the Holocaust. It was riveting. Not an easy listen/read because of this. I wish the story overall had not been so predictable in the end.
Well written. Good not stop listening. This story weaves a tale of love, hope and new beginnings. I loved it
The story is filled with episodes that are thrilling, heartbreaking, and even funny... Sometimes all at the same time. The character portrayals are rich and believable.
Adventure and suspense please!
The story is very engaging and well written and the narration is perfect. However, beware, it is a holocaust story and it doesn't hold back. There are scenes from this story that may haunt forever. I am not convinced it's a good thing to understand how monstrous humans can be or how tragic a life. Perhaps, to fill our heads with such truths is a waste of a good life. Is it wise to borrow sorrow, disgust and rage?
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.