This book was perfect to listen to the narrators were all faultless. The story was sad, happy, devastating and kept me up for hours. this will not be a wast of a credit.. This was my first Jodie picoult and won't be my last..
Great, thought provoking!
Minka, could not imagine going through all that she had.
Everything, I do not read books. The German accents and pronunciations would not have been the same.
A movie you won't forget!
I actually liked the book better the second time I listened to it.
The characters and plot were very interesting. I recommend this book. How does one scarred person feel in public? Is it common for a concentration camp survivor to remember so many details? Is punishment ever too late? Never thought that in my overly busy schedule I would be considering these.
The Issue is very sensitive. Many readers will be provoked in taking sides. I live in Singapore and Japan invaded us. My grandmother still remembers it. I like Japan not since I have not been through the War. Hmmm... This story is very... brave.
Any book that provokes your thinking and challenge your courage.
Hard to comment.
Ya. Why not, if I have the time.
Keep up the good work, Jodi.
Absolutely. Since reading all of Gillian Flynn's work, I have been searching for a novel that lived up to her standard of literary brilliance. The Storyteller delivered. Between the powerful characters, raw emotion, and stunning performances by all the narrators, this audiobook and I have formed an intimate relationship. It has captured my undivided attention and I feel as though I am cheating on it when I read other books.
Nearly impossible question. They are all so real-- it's like deciding which piece of the sky is your favorite. You need them ALL.
With multiple narrators, there is sometimes an issue of one narrator out-performing others. All of these narrators, however, worked together so beautifully-- each one as talented as the last, which offered a seamless performance.
Laugh, cry, cringe, nearly vomit, but always hopeful
You will not regret buying this.
Not a typical JP but well written and moving. Despite having to listen over a few weeks it kept my interest even only catching 15 minutes at a time sometimes. Always looked forward to going back to listening.
Sometimes I think Jodi Picoult nails her books and other times I feel they become a bit maudlin. This story about the Nazis and a holocaust victim is told in a unigue and fresh way. It is very poignant and all the characters seem sympathetic and you remember them after the book is done. I enjoyed every minute and recommend it. You really see the story through the eyes of the granddaughter far removed from the time of the holocaust and being Jewish. Quite a journey.
YES it was an amazing book and I can still their voices replaying on certain touching parts of the story. This is one of those books that make readers enjoy reading. Or as an audio book, the narration was perfect and matched the characters perfectly.
There are multiple story lines within the book. The pieces of each story start and stop perfectly and they blend well. I didn't realize the full impact of this book, what it was about, and where it was going...but I'm glad because it lead me on an unexpected surprise. It was wonderful!!!! I kept checking how many more chapters there was to the end because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!!!
I actually cried a few times!! My first with an audio book! Picoult's works always moves you because she connects you to the characters.
This is one of those books you need to read. It's moving and sticks with you after the end.
I like the way Picoult presents her stories from different angles. Here in this difficult subject matter which we expect from Picoult, is the story of the Holocaust. The narrative is emotional and graphic but not overwhelming. Picoult presents it from the perspective of three people:
1. The granddaughter, Sage, a non-practicing and non-religious believer of Judaism, is a baker that works nights to avoid contact with the outside world after a car accident disfigured her face. She is a young woman that has been attending a grief counseling group since the death of her mother 3 years prior.
2. Here she meets 95 yr. old Josef Weber, a retired and beloved teacher, who she will soon find out is a former German SS guard.
3. Later we meet a Holocaust survivor, Minka, the grandmother of Sage who never speaks of her time in Poland during WWII.
Sage does not give much thought to her grandmother's past or her own heritage until she befriends Josef Weber. As Sage and Josef become closer the story unfolds.
The short stories written by her grandmother, as a young girl, remind me of the Ann Frank’s Diaries but Minka’s were stories based on when she and other Jews were forced to live in “the Ghetto” and Auschwitz. Writing these stories give the grandmother a reason to go on.
To say more about how "the Storyteller" unfolds and the many side stories would be to reveal too much of the plot. I do not believe that I have done so thus far. Instead, I'd recommend you grab a copy of this book that includes love, friendship, unrequited love, hate, fear, jealousy and more. I love how Picoult ties so many things together.
I knew from Picoult’s other books there is always a twist at the end and there was in this one.
I always look forward to Jodi's books - she takes on difficult subjects and presents them in a thought provoking and engaging manner - makes you think! I have read loads about the Jewish experience in WWII and hesitated to take on this topic once again. But I am really glad that I did - Picoult brings it right to home. Highly recommend