I have over 600 books on audible. This is in the top 3!
the humanization of the jews.they were not statistics they were people.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
If this story had been billed as a drama it would have gotten a five star rating but as a mystery, although well written, it drags on and too much time is spent in the past.
I only cared to listen to this once. Depressing holocaust story with the expected cruelty and evil. Even the baker grand-daughter's story that is entwined with her grandmother's death bed story is lonely and sad.
I'm not sure, as to Picoult. This one, The Tenth Circle, and Lone Wolf, all of which I have read recently, were all disappointing. I did like My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes very much. As to the narrators, yes indeed. Well done!
I think the Holocaust was bad enough that Picoult simply did not need to add additional gruesome inventions of her own. She seemed to feel that the mass starvation and extermination of 12 million people (including 6 million Jews) just wasn't over the top enough. Nor did her main character have to be the World's Most Awesome Baker, never mind the extremity of her personal story. And layering onto that endless exaggeration about how impossible it is to find and try Nazis, the inability of an ancient man to die without assistance, and the miraculous ability to spin an gripping horror story from memory alone . . . I don't know, my ability to suspend disbelief just collapsed. Please, Ms. Picoult, pick one serious story and tell it . . . seriously and quietly.
The characters sprang to life through the narrators, despite the overwrought plot devices.
Probably, with writers who dropped a lot of the less necessary drama. I'd want to give some greater thought to casting, though I think younger, less well known actors would be a better choice for the younger characters . . . maybe in a TV miniseries format for this lengthy tale.
No because I don't listen more than once
Minka. Remarkable in her ability to survive and make a life after the war.
When Minka was spared a beating when she found her father's suitcase and unraveled his sweater.
The many serious questions raised in this story remain with me. This is my favorite book in the past year.
I love books!
First time author, Jodi PIcoult. "The Storyteller" caught my eye as I liked the plot being about World War II. This story follows the life of a young Polish girl coming of age as the war is starting and follows her through the war and afterwards, looking at it mainly through the eyes of her granddaughter. The story touches on family relationships and has several stories going on at the same time. This is a page turner without being a thriller. It's a great story and I highly recommend it.
Kneel Before Zod!!
Yes, it's an incredible story and worthy of all the high praise it receives and then some.
The subject matter isn't unfamiliar but the way the story plays out is original so it's hard to compare it to anything.
The training and killing done by SS Officers from their perspective.
This would make a very powerful movie or mini-series, and hopefully someone will do that.
If you like Jodi Picoult's stories, this is one that you will enjoy without exception. It will take you to a place you have not been, but after listening to this book you will feel like you have. Very emotional and mind opening. A great read.