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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?

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    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not your typical Jodi Picoult Book....Better"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved the history, the characters and the overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships and the amount of strength the characters portrayed while expereincing horrific life situations.


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

    I truly liked each caharter and though that the performaces were perfect and well done!


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

    I can never do it but I did have trouble stopping when I needed to, so yes.


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    Donna United States 08-04-13
    Donna United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted more"

    I generally don't like reading about the holocaust because it's too depressing but I read it on the recommendation of my daughter. If you like stories about the holocaust, you will not be disappointed.

    With that being said, I was totally captivated and couldn't turn the book off. I finished it in two days. In typical Picoult style she brings the story to life through the different perspectives of each character.

    I wish there was more on Joseph and his brother since their roles are the least understood by me. How can a human being (or worse, thousands of human beings) do these things to other human beings? And although they came from the same family with the same values, they were two very different men.

    What's with the weird monster story a la carte? It was distracting. The story could have worked just as well without it. I could see there needed to be some storytelling, but this was just rambling, unless I just didn't understand it.

    Although the book detailed the horrors of the holocaust, it seems the book was really about Joseph and Minka and their personal journeys.

    The ending did surprise me. I can't say more about why without giving it away. This would be a great book for a book club. So much to think about.

    I highly recommend this book.





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    Christine LA JOLLA, CA, United States 08-01-13
    Christine LA JOLLA, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful writing, but not my type of story"

    There's no question that Jodi Picoult is a beautiful writer. She is a true master of the English language, and from that perspective I enjoyed this book. However, I found the descriptions a little too intense and graphic. I understand that given the subject matter (the Holocaust) this was bound to be the case, but the horror was just a little too much for me. It was just too depressing and upsetting for me. By the middle of the book I almost couldn't continue because I was so upset, but I knew that I had to continue because it would get less depressing eventually so I wouldn't be left in such an awful mental state. I also didn't find the story as compelling as I expected to. The characters were interesting, but I found things moved a little slow at times.

    I've read one other Jody Picoult novel and I had a similar reaction to that one (I can't remember which it was), so I suspect I just don't care for her stories, despite her beautiful writing. I can see why others would very much enjoy this book. But if you are sensitive to horror and strong negative emotions and situations, this is probably not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Montoya Santa Fe, NM 08-01-13
    R. Montoya Santa Fe, NM 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Chefdujourr

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    "Wow what a story!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The character development


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

    When Minka would not die on the Nazi's terms and went outside to discover the guard towers were empty and the survivors were FREE.


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

    Great character voices with believable accents


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

    Not at first but as the story progressed, I could not turn it off!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniela Uberaba, Brazil 07-30-13
    Daniela Uberaba, Brazil 07-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Professor at Federal University of Uberlândia (Brazil). I love romances and thrillers. Feel free to send me e-books suggestions!

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    "Very interesting details of Second World War"

    This was an amazing audiobook. I just finished it and I already feel empty without it. The narrators were wonderful... and in my opinion made the book even better. I couldn't stop listening to the details about Second World War, it really hooked me in the plot.

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    K. lang 07-30-13
    K. lang 07-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Mo Chamblee

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    "I wish I could give this one 10 stars!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The intertwining of the past and present. Especially the story of Anna.


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

    Sage and Leo hearing her grandmother's story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    With Jodi's books, it is always the twist at the end.


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

    Of course! However, with Audible, you don't have to sit!


    Any additional comments?

    I am always amazed by the diversity of Jodi Picoult's stories. They are always a new adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jill HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 07-29-13
    Jill HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book stole my heart :)"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's by far the best book I have listened to ever! It melted my heart, I enjoyed every minute of it. I even had dreams about it and I couldn't wait to listen to it every morning on my way to work.


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

    It's a historical mystery and I loved it. I really can't compare it to anything because it's different than other books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Listening to the grandmother tell her story was so neat. I think at one point I cried.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bread is food for the heart


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Best book ever! Would recommend students read it in high school it's so good. I just thought it was so well written. The beginning is really slow but once it picks up it is amazing. Will change your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 07-28-13
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    "Too Many Stories"
    Any additional comments?

    I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books, and for the most part have found them enjoyable to either read or listen to. Because of that I was eager to hear The Storyteller. However I did find this book a disappointment. I was at the point of giving up on the story, or stories, when the book finally held my interest.
    This story is comprised of three stories, one poor, one so so and finally (at least for me) one good story. Perhaps these stories would be less confusing at the beginning if I had the actual book to refer back to. Quite frankly the storyline involving the vampire was totally unnecessary to the overall story. The book would have been better if there had been just Sage's story and Minka's memories of the Holocaust.
    The narrators were fine. There were times that Minka's German accent was a bit off, but overall all the narrators were easy on the ear.
    My hope is that Jodi Picoult's next book is better than The Storyteller.

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    hinbar 07-23-13
    hinbar 07-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!!"

    Not your typical holocaust story, though some passages in it are as horrific as holocaust recounts can be. This book is partly about The Holocaust, but mainly about the way "little" holocausts are interwoven into the matrix of our contemporary lives, our family relationships, our friendships and love affairs, our myths and fairytales. Where every one of us is at the same time a victim, a survivor and a Natzi perpetrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-22-13
    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book will stay with me forever."

    I've loved every book I've read from Jodi Picoult and I think this one is one of her best. I'm actually not ready to listen to another book yet for fear of disappointment because I'll be comparing it to this one.

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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.

    4 of 4 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
  • Sally
    London
    5/17/15
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    "Great read"

    Riveting story of people involved in different ways around the holocaust. I could not put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    3/23/15
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    "don't judge a book by its cover"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the different narrators, because this enabled you to understand where the book changed pace, direction and enabled me to keep up with what was going on.


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

    this is the first book with any of these narators


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    very connected to the book, I cried, sobbed, got angry, yelled, and swooned.
    The way it was written was very clever, despite the subject matter, I didn't feel sick at any of the gruesomes elements.


    Any additional comments?

    I was going to return this book originally as I thought it was a girly beach book. I am so glad I didn't. The write up for the book was completely misleading, I thought it was going to be shallow and pointless, I was stagger by content of the book, it was full to bursting point.
    This now ranks as one of the best books I have ever had the joy to read. the holocaust part was emotional, raw and I hope factual. totally captivating in every way and I felt lost once I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Cater
    3/10/15
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    "Great book"

    fabulous book as all of jodi picoult novels are.
    great story, moving and addictive.
    historically factual with rich characters, the story had me from the first chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/15
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    "Holocaust, morals and ethics"

    This is my second Jodi Piccoult book. I am drawn into them by the way she looks at all the characters and plays devils advocate when you do not expect it.
    Great narration for Minka and her story, I liked the character Sage as she was not flawless and very believable. For such a harrowing book, I did laugh out loud at the mess up of the funeral song, you will understand when you listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • julie
    1/11/15
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    "Absolutely fabulous"

    This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I've immediately downloaded another. The story was gripping, I didn't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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