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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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    Cheri Oxford, GA, United States 11-26-15
    Cheri Oxford, GA, United States 11-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Engaging in every front..."

    Ms. Picoult is a talented writer, and I "read" most everything she writes, but typically I find her books a bit formulaic, but well written nonetheless.

    This book is not in the least "formulaic!" It is a story told with so many layers, and each one is as captivating as the next. It's not difficult to follow, and if it seems to be implied here, I don't mean it to be. It's absolutely fascinating. Each layer is beautiful and compelling.

    Bravo, Ms. Picoult!

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    Amazon Customer 11-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Worth every bit of your time and money! The story, the story within the story and history of the characters will keep you captivated. The cast of performers were excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 11-24-15
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 11-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent melding of the past and present"

    I'll break with tradition and start with a review of the narration. In short, it was excellent, with each reader performing exceptionally well. I've listened to many books with multiple narrators where one or more of the actors didn't perform as well as the others. In those cases, having a comparative co-narrator made their inadequacies more glaring.

    As for the story, it was bit different from what I expected. The main character living in the presentwas a bit too whiny for my tastes, but it turns out she was actually not in over half of the story. The middle part of the book deals with the story of her Grandmother during the war, which is a good thing, as that part of the story was very good.

    There were parts of the book that could have been edited out. The affair the main character had was not necessary to the story at all, and I felt it detracted from the overall plot. As for the "story" her Grandmother authored during her youth and through her internment, I found it distracting at first, but it did eventually form a central point for the entire novel.

    The ending and the coincidences manufactured for the story were a bit too obvious, but hey, it's fiction, and although it made the ending a bit predictable, it didn't harm the story all that much.

    So, in summary, it is worth the credit and the time to check out. The narration definitely enhances the story, so the audible format may be the best option.

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    Melanie Hilton Texas 11-21-15
    Melanie Hilton Texas 11-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Amazing"

    Loved the narration, and the story was amazing.
    Held my attention and made me look for reasons to walk or drive, which is when I listen to books. This author is great and rarely disappoints!

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    Shannon 11-17-15
    Shannon 11-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing but cant put down"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The story was always flowing and developing and I found it hard to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book but no one can accuse this book of lifting your spirits. Lots of great truths in this book. Makes you think.

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    123 11-12-15
    123 11-12-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader and hard-core dreamer!

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    "A moving story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to Minka's life story the most. She was easy to love.


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    Jessica Columbia, SC 10-27-15
    Jessica Columbia, SC 10-27-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Steller, well-researched story about the Holocaust"
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    The Storyteller is a very precise, accurate title for this book as it intricately weaves several stories into one that brings you to this ahhhhhhh haaaaa moment at the end (that I particularly did not see coming).

    I was absolutely heart broken to read the stories of the Holocaust victims and survivors and while you know this is a story of fiction, you also know in your heart that certain facts are true and there must have been people who had experiences such as this one. You learn about this event in school, but not to the detail that Jodi describes.

    I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and I immensely enjoy how she weaves serious religious issues into each of her books with such care and thought as to provoke you into other ways to think about a particular subject.

    Forgiveness was the main issue that I took from this book. While the Lord's prayer states "forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us", this book asks you to take into question the two words 'against us" at the end of that phrase and that maybe we don't have to necessarily "forgive" people who sin against humanity, but that that phrase is moreso asking us to forgive those who sin against us to keep the bitterness out of our heart. I thought this was particularly interesting because I had not ever thought of it quite like that. Personally, I still like the thought of forgiving everyone as it's not our place to judge, it's Gods.

    Sage was not my favorite character. I found her to be quite weak, annoying, oh poor pitiful me, etc and unfortunately she never really redeemed herself. That would be my only qualm with this read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    EVERLYN 10-21-15
    EVERLYN 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So raw!"

    I loved the story teller! It was nothing like I thought it would, it gave me a deep understanding of things I didn't understood before. It was weird to stand with the main characters in the fence on right and wrong.

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    Joyce A. Reynolds 10-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved the narration. what an ending"

    what a journey through history. I was enthralled by the story. it felt like you were always waiting for an answer to something new

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    Ray Stewart 10-17-15
    Ray Stewart 10-17-15
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    "Excellent!"

    Could not stop listening to this audio book. Beautifully written even though much was said about the Holocaust. Wonderful character development.

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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"
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    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
  • Faye Lindsay
    12/27/16
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    "Wow what a book"

    The story is fantastic, Minkas performance is excellent. Love this book as a read but the audio blew me away......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jasmin Matharu
    12/13/16
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    "fantastic book - gripping, a must listen! "

    the voices of the characters really draw you in. the story is well written! love

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Nestler
    11/18/16
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    "A mesmerising, gripping story told from the heart"

    Even there's a lot of German language used in the book and pronounced well. I congratulate the narrators, they did an amazing job bringing this well-written novel to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lena
    Stockholm, Sweden
    11/12/16
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    "Always enjoyable dilemmas"

    Picault describes people and their thinking so that you really understand their struggle with dilemmas

    0 of 0 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

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