The best part was the story woven between Minka's story and the story of her life. It has the least surprising ending of any Jodi Picoult book I've ever read, bit the beauty of the story more than made up for it!
Fabulous book in every way. It started out slow but having listened to Jodi's other books, I knew there was a lot more to come. This was no different. Well narrated and perfectly written, this book will not let you down.
I absolutely loved the Storyteller! I didn't quite realize what I was about to read. I thought the novel was well developed, fascinating, and emotional. I did find some parts too coincidental at times, but it didn't change my overall enjoyment. My favorite Picoult to date.
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Possibly. As much as it was engaging throughout, some questions were answered much too late or not at all, and the major plot twist was too similar to that of another (more expertly told) quietly suspenseful work: Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper.
Don't wait so long to tell Minka's story. Don't repeat over 20 times the lines "My father trusted me with the details of his death" and "But in the end, I was too late" and then fail to deliver on a definitive father/death scene. Don't wait so long to tell why the young female narrator has a disfigured face and a guilty conscience...and then, when you do tell it, do try to give sufficient detail so that both those facts somehow make sense and remain vivid in the mind of the reader!
No, I dont think I have heard any of these multiple narrators before, although all were good. I particularly enjoyed Leo and Minka.
Possibly, if only to explain the unlikely way in which the essentially decent young female narrator, Sage, would rationalize her decision to continue to hide the truth about her onetime friend, Josef, from her new (and presumably lasting) romantic partner at the end of this book.
This is a story of struggle in WW2 Nazi Germany written, and performed, in several voices. It is a story of unspeakable horror and of bravery & hope. The underlying story is a bit vague. That's ok because it is the tale of Josef, Minca, Daria & other victims of Nazi Germany that are the real story here.
This is my first Jodi Picoult novel. I look forward to many more.
In closing I would like to give a nod to the narrators. Using more than one reader is a stroke of genius. I hope others pick up on this idea as well. Best performance I've heard in a while.
Thank you for the entertainment. It was well worth the time.
To those reviewers who wrote that the ending was foretold, I am incredulous that you would say such s thing. This intricate tale of love, betrayal, incredible courage, and forgiveness was never predictable. Nor is the ending. "How does it end?", Franz cries out. Jodi has left us to imagine.