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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I would def consider the audio version. It reads with drama and accent that takes you there.
Minka was full of courage & resolve. I loved her story, however haunting it was.
I visualized Minka reading her novel to her "bunk mates" and felt their need for a place far from themselves.
Would have loved too, but enjoyed going back to it each day. It is a long one, so hard to do in a day.
This was my first Jodi Picoult novel. I was impressed. Already looking for another. This was a well-told story, full of varied perspectives and gritty truth. I loved the connectivity between the past and present. I guessed the twist early, but felt the author laid the hints on pretty thick throughout purposefully. I loved the length of the novel and wish it kept going with how Sage & Leo. Did she ever tell Leo what she did? etc.
No regrets with this one!
Endearing, tragic, hopeful
There were so many poignant moments but one that was especially emotional for me:
When Minka reunites with Daria at Aushwitz after having separated from her father.
They successfully captured the story within the story through their narration. I don't think reading it would have been as powerful.
First I have to say the readers were excellent especially the voice of Minka. The book as a whole was for me a little too dependent on incredible coincidences . The denouement was pretty predictable. Having said all that, however, I listened to the end and it certainly kept my interest. Just not up to Ms Picoult's other books.
Even through some parts of this were extremely depressing it is a story every one should read. To often history is swept under the carpet and not passed on but this horrific crime to humanity needs to be told and passed on to every generation. This is a great book. This arthur is a great writer. Thanks for writing this it must have taken so much time and thought.
The novel is more depressing than I expected. The Narrators were not true to their character.
Overall , not her best work and not my favorite listening experience
They did not seem connected to their characters
It took me till chapter 25-30 before I started to like this book. For me, the characters seemed unrelatable- but that's just me I'm sure. I caught the big final twist way back when Joseph was hospitalized and it bothered me from that point on, but at least in the end it was covered. I guess I just wasn't as surprised by the plot twist as I hoped to be. I do feel that the side story- Anya's story- was essential and in the first 25 chapters it was the only reason I kept going. I would still recommend this book but only if you don't have anything else in mind to listen to.
this book goes on and on way too long with detail so gruesome I had to fast forward it through some. also goes on and on with boring detail. after all that, the ending was disappointing and did not wrap up all of the plot. it had a fantasy side plot that was silly and just drug everything out longer.
No, the narrators sounded like they were in different rooms not responding to one another. This is a problem that audiobook editors seem not to get when listening to the performance, I tried listening, but had to give up.
Just another narrator, there are a number of really poor narrator's. I speak from experience I've purchased over 200 books. It is just amazing that whoever puts the audiobooks together do such a poor job with narrators!
Having read a boat-load of murder mysteries, thrillers and suspense novels, I am always pleased when an author surprises me with an ending that I had not anticipated. The topic of this book is an extremely sensitive one and it was a tad too long...chapters could have been removed without distroying the message. But I still very much enjoyed it . I particularly enjoyed Sage's breadmaking description. Delightful. The narrator is excellent...not too over-the-top!
I'm a big Picoult fan, but this book represents a significant departure from her usual character-driven, "moral dilemma" tale.
The book is well-written and reasonably well-narrated (I didn't care for the female reader's attempt at male dialogue, but it wasn't terrible), but I found the story to be lacking in Picoult's usual intensity.
The moral dilemma, while present, isn't a driving force. Much time is spent on a fantasy story told by one of the characters. The protagonist strikes me as too weak, unrealistically lacking in confidence.
On the bright side, the fictionalized retelling of one character's experience with Nazi occupation in WWII is excellent. Picoult covers not just the death camps, but also the long constriction of freedoms that led up to that extreme. Definitely my favorite aspect of that book.
That said, I listened to most of the story while on a long road trip. I'm now just 30 minutes from the end, and I can't say that I feel terribly compelled to finish. Nope, not even to hear the resolution of the moral dilemma. The history part is over and I've lost interest.
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