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The Storyteller Audiobook

The Storyteller

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Lit Chick 10-28-14
    Lit Chick 10-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Litchick

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    "Outstanding"

    This was an amazing book. Makes you cry and think. Possibly Picoult's best ever. Narration was simply great.

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    sdriggs California, USA 10-13-14
    sdriggs California, USA 10-13-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm typically a murder, suspense, & thriller type reader; however, I'm expanding, exploring, & expanding my interests.

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    "Gripping & Thought Provoking"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    This is another gripping read by Jodi Picoult. The story is heart-wrenching, yet warm & touching. I really enjoyed reading this book and I know it is fiction, but I always find it difficult to read about war, suffering, and the hurt that was endured.


    What other book might you compare The Storyteller to and why?

    This book reminded me of Sarah's Key.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Phenomenal narration!


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

    Great storyline, characters, and very detailed descriptions of the era. The twists and turns were numerous, but the ending is what pushed me over the edge. It really left me thinking, wondering, and then thinking again--- isn't that what a GREAT book does??


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    Jason Roth 09-11-14
    Jason Roth 09-11-14
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    "Excellent Book"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes. Everytime I listen, I hear a small wonderfull detail i missed the first time.


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    Steve PROSPECT, Cayman Islands 09-09-14
    Steve PROSPECT, Cayman Islands 09-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I have ever listened to."
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have over 600 books on audible. This is in the top 3!



    What did you like best about this story?

    the humanization of the jews.they were not statistics they were people.


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    mary 08-31-14
    mary 08-31-14

    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.

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    "Good But Not Great"

    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.

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    Betty 06-13-14
    Betty 06-13-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Depressing"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 2016
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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.

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  • Sarah
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "A real page turner"

    Enjoyed this book but wasn't too impressed/satisfied with ending.

    Gripping in many places but couldn;t really connect with character Sage.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a moving account of the holocaust with excruciating attention to the horror- the subject matter is dealt with better then might be expected. However, I was desperate for the book to do more that it managed to achieve- it promises in its subplots and undertones to explore the monstrous nature of humanity and unpack the complexity of forgiveness and death. However, these themes never seem to quite get out of the box. I failed to understand the ending and the decisions made by the central characters left me back tracking through the story to see whether it was my mistake to find it baffling. This book promises much that it can’t quite deliver, tackling an incredibly difficult subject it falls short of its own very high ambitions and, a victim of its own ambition, left me a little bewildered and disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • loulabellauk
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "A Page Turner"

    Whilst its definately a page turner that will have you listening way into the night its not my favourite Picoult book because I failed to relate to the main characters. I found Sage quite whiney but then she was in a difficult position.



    You think you know it all but you will be led up different paths before finally it all becomes clear. Well worth listening to but somewhat different to what we have come to expect from Jodi Picoult. The subject matter is difficult and an horrendous period in time which she deals with very well.



    The ending had to be a difficult one but I felt it to be the best we could expect.



    I loved listening to this book as the narrators really bought it to life, totally first class reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "Moving, but predictable"

    The writing and narration were beautiful. Minka's retelling of her experiences of the Holocaust was heartbreaking and moving. Much of the rest was entirely predictable and cliched.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Greet
    UK
    2/3/14
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    "Good, but..."

    Being a great fan of Jodi Picoult, again, this book is excellent if somewhat terrifying, and like all others I have read by her, extremely well researched.
    However, I found the voice of Leo (Fred Berman) hugely distracting and irritating because of the sharp intake of breath before each sentence. The other narrators were good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Taylor
    8/29/16
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    "Simply The Best Book I have read!"

    From the beginning it hooks you. The characters are fascinating and I honestly felt I was missing them when I had to stop listening to the book inbetween opportunities to listen. I don't want it to end. Harrowing at times, addictive yes, beautiful throughout. Thank you JP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    2/15/16
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    "thought provoking"

    fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gillian
    1/25/16
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    "Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"

    This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Whitmore
    1/18/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
    With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
    Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    12/28/15
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    "Major flaw in the plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, and this is a first with a Picoult book. The premise the book was based on was flawed. At no point did Sage ask "Why can't you kill yourself? Why do I have to bear the guilt/responsibility?" If he wanted to die, due to the guilt of his actions, why would she facilitate his death, enabling him to continue to spread his evil to another person?


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I did learn things about the holocaust and it was well written and flowed well. However I just couldn't accept the key premise of the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    First Picoult book I've read which made me feel it was written to meet a deadline, not because there was a story waiting to be told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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