Ms. Picoult, when on her "A" game, is a brilliant storyteller. She has phoned in a couple recent efforts, but not this one. "The Storyteller" is not an easy book to read. But it is SO worth it! She weaves a complex story with complicated characters and a challenging plot. But it is just so, so well-woven. The modern romance and worthy-of-today's-headlines love story are nicely drawn and effective. But it is in the story of the Grandmother/Storyteller's time in the captivity of the Nazis that will compel you to listen, even when "the going gets tough."
This is a very human story. It is about guilt and redemption and the realistic levels of tolerance. It's also about triumph and determination and sheer put-one-foot-in-front-of-another courage. And it's so much more.
I highly recommend it. Narration is very well done. Don't analyze. Don't think too much about it. Just read it.
No, I enjoyed it, but I rarely reread books. This one isn't uplifting or funny, so it doesn't need a second visit
The details of what the concentration camps were like were fascinating.
I loved the mixture of the narrators. That kept me interested in the book
It's a good book, it's not uplifting and I didn't agree with the main characters actions. In some ways, it took me a while to get her and I'm not sure I ever really embraced her. I actually could "get" the other characters better for what ever reason. It's well written and interesting but it did get long.
This was a riveting story of the holocaust. Starts out sort of slow, but then became very intense, so emotional.
Yes, the story was so well written you felt as if you were there, witnessing it all.
Excellent!!! Everyone of the narrators made the story come to life.
The middle of the book, when the Grandmother was telling her memories of life a a jew in the camps.
I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried. This book stayed with me for awhile. I embraced the characters. I had to stop listening and just cry. The rollercoster ride was worth it. I was hooked from the begining. Be prepared to have a hard time putting this one down. Simply amazing book..
This is an amazing story that everyone should taken a listen to. It helps put into perspective what it meant to live in the concentration camps during WWII, and raises the question.. what is justice, and how should justice be executed.
This is a very long book, which is not in itself a problem. Although Picoult is clearly an excellent writer, in this case she seems to enjoy her own writing too much. The "surprise" ending to the book is given away at about 2/3 into it. One can only assume this was on purpose, but the reason is not at all clear and to this reader deflated the ending.
Ranked amongst my favourites this book really takes you in and you feel desperately for the characters.
It was intense and I appreciated the breaks - but was desperate to get back to it