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The Storyteller | [Jodi Picoult]

The Storyteller

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?
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Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

©2013 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Chip Kamloops, BC, Canada 07-25-14
    Chip Kamloops, BC, Canada 07-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful story! Couldn't wait to listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Loved the different characters, great twists, back and forth in history to present day.....kept me enthralled!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, story kept moving along!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this one, you won't be disappointed! SO interesting!

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    charles Solon, OH, United States 07-23-14
    charles Solon, OH, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "You won't be disappointed!"

    Much different storry than what I had expected. I listened to this with some (actually alot) of coaxing from my wife on our long trip back and forth from Cleveland to South Carolina. I ended up being the one to enjoy it the most. Found the grandmother's 'story' to be most spell-binding - wanting to hear more despite the awful occurrences as one would expect during the holocaust. As another reviewer mentioned, my wife disliked the made up story by the grandmother. However, I rather enjoyed it and really the story was essential to the grandmother's survival. The analogies with in, regarding her current conditions, I did rather enjoy altho sometimes being a little corny(like from a vampire harlequin novel)
    I did find the ending predictable altho my wife kept disbelieving my guess til the very end. I still enjoyed the ending despite this as the 'obvious' path would have been a little less gratifying(would have missed the greater conflict of emotions). I've never listened to the author's My Sister's Keeper but I am inclined to now.
    Excellent narration by all as well. Overall highly recommend!

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    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 06-12-14
    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 06-12-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Will get you thinking"

    Let me take a minute to take this all in. Wow.
    This book will get you thinking, about survival, guilt, forgiveness, mercy, hatred, kindness and so on. This story is mainly about the holocaust, so if you don't enjoy reading about that, then this is not for you. Also, it is not an uplifting book either. It is a dark story both in the present day storyline and the holocaust storyline. There is no nicely fitted happy ending.
    In the beginning, the story is somewhat slow going, but give it time and it will draw you in. We are told the story of a holocaust survivor and the side of her tormentor, along with the after effects in present day of them and the people they come in contact with.

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    Jennifer 06-06-14
    Jennifer 06-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The storyline and the story of living in the concentration camp was so moving


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    When she realized who the old man really was


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The ability to put such emotion in her reading


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it is really long


    Any additional comments?

    Very sad

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    Carmen GEORGETOWN, Panama 05-31-14
    Carmen GEORGETOWN, Panama 05-31-14
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    "amazing book! Jodi Picoult keeps you guessing"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    yes, I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult's work and my favorites keep you guessing until the end on how the story line will weave together. this is definitely one of those. I found I would look. for this to clean with my headset on just to keep listening.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the narrators brought the changes from the different story lines to life and they would jump back threw the generations to help you understand the lives of the characters.


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    Janice A. Hale Corpus Christi, Texas 05-31-14
    Janice A. Hale Corpus Christi, Texas 05-31-14 Member Since 2014

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    "enjoyable"

    I liked the characters voices and really got lost in the story. Granted the story and what is going on can be very dark but I like the way you saw it from a human perspective, and from the other side.

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    Claire Indio, CA, United States 05-10-14
    Claire Indio, CA, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Jodi Picoult at her best"

    Sad, Intriguing, hopeful. I loved the book. One of Jodi Picoult's better reads.

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    Bearwife 04-10-14
    Bearwife 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    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!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The characters sprang to life through the narrators, despite the overwrought plot devices.


    Could you see The Storyteller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


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    Julie 04-10-14
    Julie 04-10-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Still with me long after finishing the book"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    No because I don't listen more than once


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka. Remarkable in her ability to survive and make a life after the war.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Josef Weber


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Minka was spared a beating when she found her father's suitcase and unraveled his sweater.


    Any additional comments?

    The many serious questions raised in this story remain with me. This is my favorite book in the past year.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-01-14
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "a great book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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