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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Surprising, intriguing, captivating
I really liked this book. It was not at all what I had expected it to be but I was pleasantly surprised. It was reads very well and kept me entertained. I hated when I had to press pause to go do things throughout my day and could hardly wait to come back to it to start back up where I left off.
Ms. Picoult, when on her "A" game, is a brilliant storyteller. She has phoned in a couple recent efforts, but not this one. "The Storyteller" is not an easy book to read. But it is SO worth it! She weaves a complex story with complicated characters and a challenging plot. But it is just so, so well-woven. The modern romance and worthy-of-today's-headlines love story are nicely drawn and effective. But it is in the story of the Grandmother/Storyteller's time in the captivity of the Nazis that will compel you to listen, even when "the going gets tough."
This is a very human story. It is about guilt and redemption and the realistic levels of tolerance. It's also about triumph and determination and sheer put-one-foot-in-front-of-another courage. And it's so much more.
I highly recommend it. Narration is very well done. Don't analyze. Don't think too much about it. Just read it.
No, I enjoyed it, but I rarely reread books. This one isn't uplifting or funny, so it doesn't need a second visit
The details of what the concentration camps were like were fascinating.
I loved the mixture of the narrators. That kept me interested in the book
It's a good book, it's not uplifting and I didn't agree with the main characters actions. In some ways, it took me a while to get her and I'm not sure I ever really embraced her. I actually could "get" the other characters better for what ever reason. It's well written and interesting but it did get long.
This was a riveting story of the holocaust. Starts out sort of slow, but then became very intense, so emotional.
Yes, the story was so well written you felt as if you were there, witnessing it all.
Excellent!!! Everyone of the narrators made the story come to life.
The middle of the book, when the Grandmother was telling her memories of life a a jew in the camps.
I laughed, I cried, I laughed, I cried. This book stayed with me for awhile. I embraced the characters. I had to stop listening and just cry. The rollercoster ride was worth it. I was hooked from the begining. Be prepared to have a hard time putting this one down. Simply amazing book..
This is an amazing story that everyone should taken a listen to. It helps put into perspective what it meant to live in the concentration camps during WWII, and raises the question.. what is justice, and how should justice be executed.
This is a very long book, which is not in itself a problem. Although Picoult is clearly an excellent writer, in this case she seems to enjoy her own writing too much. The "surprise" ending to the book is given away at about 2/3 into it. One can only assume this was on purpose, but the reason is not at all clear and to this reader deflated the ending.
"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.
"Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de"
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"don't judge a book by its cover"
near the very top
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.
this is the first book with any of these narators
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.
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.
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
"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!
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.
"A must read...."
Excellent believable thoughtful
The grandmothers story of the german camps.....I had no idea!
I like the way each person became alive
Don,t listen to it at night.....you won,t sleep......too much for one sitting
My fav bit was the song for her mothers funeral.......sort of thing that would happen to me
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