Recently I have read many books about the WWII and concentracion camps. Ms PIcoult makes this one feel personal. One needs to pay attention to all the different story lines, but well worth the effort. This one would be a great one for a book club. I have recommended the book to lots of friends. As always Picoult has some twists and turns to the story line.
I loved everything about this book. It is a great story and I am so happy that I listened to it rather than read it. The voices for each character fit perfectly.
It did. My only wish is that we would have heard more from Josef.
Minka's entire account of her life moved me.
I would listen again to adsorb more of the details that I cried through the first time.
They were wonderful
Made me cry!
Most interesting as the book described how a young German man was convinced Hitler was trying to help Germany was interesting to hear how normal young men were made into monsters..
Mary Dean RN, BSN, Health Sciences Teacher. Member since March 2010.
The entire story-line. This book as told by the grand-daughter and the grand-mother touched my emotions so deeply. I laughed a bit and cried a lot. I was totally engaged while listening to this book. I tolerated no outside interruptions. I wanted to hear and feel every word of this book. I was surprised at the true identity of the Nazi. I was not disappointed in this listen in any way. Great book. Great listen.
I do not have anything similar to compare it to.
Just listening to the different character accents enhanced this listen and made it so realistic.
How Hitler affected the Germans, the Jews, as well as the rest of us.
My father served as a guard over German officers on a ship during WWII. He brought home pictures that one German officer took while at the concentration camp. They were beyond belief. I saw for myself what the Nazis' did to the Jews. Those pictures were in my mind through every word of this book. From what I saw in those pictures, the grand-mothers account of her life in the concentration camp was exactly as those pictures revealed.
Jodi has the stories you dont forget. Amazing writer. Every time I read another Picoult, I find another favorite! How do you do it Jodi???
It was fairly easy to take a break..but I really looked forwards to my "book time". A really good book.
This book/story was skillfully crafted, really well done.
I enjoyed the interweaving of the stories and putting together the pieces during the telling prior to them being revealed more directly.
I really liked the different narrators, and will seek other books with multiple narrators now.
I cried helplessly at times and felt quite strongly several times. Part 2 of the book was so engrossing, I found it difficult to even multitask and just sat actively listening to much of that part.
I loved this book so much, I'm still feeling tempted to listen to it a second time right now immediately after finishing it, regardless of having 11 new audio books to select from.
This is by far one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.
When it all comes together... past, present, and future, it was touching, heartbreaking, and hopeful.
The different voices for the characters and the different views really made the book come alive!
I definitely could have listened to this book in one sitting but used it as a treat for my mind while I went walking.
I LOVE to read!! I prefer mysteries but I dabble in every genre!!
This is the true definition of an audiobook! I am so glad I decided to use a credit for this! The narrators really captured the essence of the characters and kept me listening.
The heart of this story is definitively Minka's grim tale of life in the Jewish ghetto and concentration camps. I liked the contrast in her personal story and Josef's personal story of that same time period.
The narrators brought the story to life. I think they made it more realistic. I felt as if I was in the story myself.
"Forgive or forget?"
I'm not really good at tag lines!
I've only read a few other Jodi Picoult books, but she holds true to form in this novel and she doesn't disappoint. I admire books that dive into history and the extensive research it must have taken to complete.
I like how Jodi Picoult takes current issues and produces an emotional fictional account. The Storyteller is all that but a little bit more. The different perspectives she includes are so thought provoking that I continue to consider them even after finishing the book. Although I have read Picoult's more recent books, they had lost some of their edge for me. They had become somewhat predictable and familiar. The Storyteller is my new Jodi Picoult favorite. I highly recommend this book and already have to my friends and family.