although this book has had some bad reviews I found it to be a touching and compelling story even though I do not like to read anymore about the holocaust. It causes me too much distress. Picoult did a remarkable job of telling the story and I got a kick of how she ended it.
I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
The narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The story was absorbing and yet very hard to hear in parts....so much pain in people's lives. Watching some of them triumph over the past gives me hope!
The gripping account of the grandmother's experiences in the death camps in Germany during WWII. It was told in such a way that you didn't escape the horror, but also brought humanity not only to the prisoners, but to one particular German. So stunningly told, you feel as if you now know for yourself what it was like to be a Jew in the death camps. Perfectly told, telling us the truth, but not maudlin.
They captured the presence of each character perfectly!
I almost did!
I love the beautifully intertwined stories of the characters, realizing, as the story goes on, that each character is like an onion and their true selves are exposed in stages. A gripping story. Amazing!
Say something about yourself!
I have read several of Jodi Picoult's books. They usually present some really interesting ethical issues. All of her books are very well written and beautifully told. I liked this book but perhaps not as much as some of her previous books.
I feel a little cheated by the end. There is an implausible twist at the end that I did not appreciate. Sure, it makes the story more troubling but as I said, just implausible.
There is nothing better than a good book!
This was simply the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to. The writing was beautiful, gripping, raw....the narration was FLAWLESS. bravo Jodi Picoult.... You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel your heart break in two.... This is. MUST MUST MUST have!!!!
I couldn't finish this book. The descriptions of the Holocaust were just too graphic.
I am normally a fan of Jodi Picoult, having read all her books to date. This is the first I have not been able to finish because of the story. She asks the reader to sympathize with a Nazi war criminal, attempting to explain what made him follow orders to do unspeakable things. The premise is all right, because clearly the protagonist is not going to excuse what he did, but I just couldn't stomach the descriptions of his actions. I never even got to the story of the title character, which presumably is more of the same. It was just plain too much!!
The narration of this book was excellent! I loved the characters, especially Sage, and the story itself. It was such a powerful and moving book.
No, this was my first audio book by this narrator, but I thought it was excellent!
Great performances. Easy to determine which character is which by the dramatization
This novel is far from my usual 'genre' but I found it to be captivating. Particularly liked the story within the story and the associated allegories.
I like the audio version because I like someone telling me a story. The words sink in better because I'm not skimming through to get the answers like I usually do with a written book. I also enjoy being able to listen to a book while having to do mundane household chores. With a book like The Storyteller, there are a lot of names that are hard to pronounce so it's nice to have someone tell you what the words are. I would definitely read the book, though.
Minka - She endured so much, but fought to survive the whole way through her story. She was kind, strong, independent, loyal, and loving. She loved her family and she softened the hardest hearts during the war with her stories. I love that she never finishes the story because in my eyes it's not particularly so that others can make up their own endings, it's to spite Franz. All he wanted was the ending of her story, but in her eyes, as long as that story was unfinished, she would stay alive. Maybe somewhere in her mind, she still felt that way, like the story could never end.
The accents - the pauses - inflections, it's so different being able to hear a story read to you opposed to reading it yourself.
When the Germans wanted all the kids under 10 rounded up because "they wouldn't know what was happening to them." I cried. Hearing about the abuse to the children was the hardest thing to read. I've read many books on the Holocaust and those parts get me every time. When Basha accidentally killed Meyer in order to keep him silent, I thought of my own 2 year old son and I just wept for her. In the end, it was better for him to die in his mother's arms then to be given to the SS, though. It was the hardest part of the book to read for me.
This book was amazing. The way Jodi Picoult writes is fantastic. There hasn't been a book of hers that I haven't liked. I will have to say that after reading this, it's my favorite. It was so interesting to get both sides of the story in one book. The ending was not a surprise to me. I thought that Reiner was actually Franz, but then there were moments I recanted that, but to know that Franz carried around the leather book of Minka's all these years was heartwarming. It frustrates me knowing that he never got to speak to her. He beat her, but he saved her life because Reiner would have surely killed her if not. Luckily he was able to get her out of there and on another train.
I enjoyed the writing and the characters, but not the topic. Had I known this had so much graphic description of the holocaust, I would never have ordered.
Of course the accents
Personally, no. As I said before, I really didn't like subject.
I think somewhere in the review it should be mentioned that approximately a third of the book is devoted to the brutality of the holocaust. Had I been reading the book it would have been easier to just skip those parts. Unfortunately, I will not recommend this book to anyone.
This was a well told story from multiple point of views. Jodi Picoult weaves fact with fiction with well developed characters. I could not stop listening to this book!