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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?

©2013 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 05-23-13
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Story Teller - Awesome"

    This book was one of the best books I have listened to yet. The narration as well as the storyline was fantastic. The book gave me a better understanding of the Holocoust (informative) and what happened during that time. I could not put my earphones down, even snuck them into work because I had to finish the book. I would recommend this book highly.

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    margaret seaton 05-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I just finished reading Ken Follet's Winter of the World and this was another interesting angle on the same subject.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ken Follet - Dangerous Fortune.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Yes - I like Jodi's work although I find I need to take a break between novels.


    What character would you cut from The Storyteller?

    None. All Characters were necessary - but I did feel the performer doing the Grandmother was right. She is very good but just didn't make me think of the grandmother - perhaps to young to be the grandmother.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. Felt sad to be finished!

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    Shery Seaford, DE, United States 05-22-13
    Shery Seaford, DE, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply Amazing!!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely in the top 5!!


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

    I listen to audio books during my 2 hour commute. This book made me want to keep driving!!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it so much, I told anyone who would listen to read, listen to, or both!! Jodi Piccoult's best so far!!

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    Kathryn WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 05-20-13
    Kathryn WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "slow to start, but worth the wait"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It took me quite a while to get into this book. Not until they started telling the stories of Joseph and Minka did the story really begin comming together. After that, Sage's story became more interesting as well.


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    Yvonne Austin, TX, United States 05-20-13
    Yvonne Austin, TX, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The narration was done by very talented individuals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was surprising and not expected. So many details of the story kept you hanging on.

    Some authors try to capture an audience many adjectives and numerous descriptions that leave little for imagination; this often bores me. This author secured my attention with critical details and a provoking story. If you like to think while you listen and reflect consistently, this is the book for you.


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

    Mila, Her voice was so genuine. It never sounded as if she was reading text but revealing accounts as if they just happened. If was captured by her tone, pauses and her pitch. I have listened to this book twice and I'm about to start the third time.


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    April RENTON, WA, United States 05-19-13
    April RENTON, WA, United States 05-19-13
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    "unbelievable!!"

    this book was magnificent. it has it all - food, horror, mystery, romance - just don't read it if you cannot handle hearing some of the more tragic details of the holocaust (it was hard to read several places, i wasn't sure i could make it through, but am glad i did).

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    Edward Weston, FL, United States 05-17-13
    Edward Weston, FL, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book"

    This book gets you from the start. One of the best listens in a long time. I have been a member of Audible for 10 years and this book is definitely in my top 10

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    Andy 05-17-13
    Andy 05-17-13
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    "Fantastic, and so unlike Jodi Picoult..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    did not read the printed version.

    I did not expect the book like this from my favorite author. It is so different from the others! BUT: It is absolutely GREAT!!!! Of course it is very heavy, not a "summer read" but it is so well done! I was born in Poland and this subject is not foreign to me. I have read many books about Auschvitz survivers. This book is so captivating, so well written - and so, it is valuable to the young generations... I have read all Jodi's books, whereas many were my favorites, this one sticks out with its severity and a serious content, it is a heavy load, yet absolutely worth reading!!!! It brings me the recollection of "The Schindler's List"....


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honesty, likelihood that this is a true story...It reads like a real recount of historical events, but one feels to be part of it....


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    It was OK, but the book's content overshadowed the narration. Probably it was good, since it was such a pleasure to listen!


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

    I almost did!!!! I have read it in 2 days (or less).


    Any additional comments?

    Yet another splendid book by Jodi Picoult! Do not miss out on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    donna Brook Park, MN, United States 05-17-13
    donna Brook Park, MN, United States 05-17-13

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    "Another heart grabber for Jodi....great book!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jodi has the stories you dont forget. Amazing writer. Every time I read another Picoult, I find another favorite! How do you do it Jodi???


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

    It was fairly easy to take a break..but I really looked forwards to my "book time". A really good book.


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    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 05-14-13
    ellegreenland Seattle, WA United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Engrossing story"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I'm not one to re-listen to books, but with The Storyteller, I would find myself replaying chapters at a time. The story is very moving and the dialogue completely captures you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No spoilers, but the ending is beautiful, haunting and both gives you closure, but also illuminates possibilities of the storylines left unwritten.


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

    All of the characters were interesting - the thing about Jody's books are that her people are so multi-dimensional. This makes them unpredictable and in this case, the story more wrenching. Minka's voice stands out. incredible, the nuances, accent and inflection were flawless.


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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • trish
    10/14/14
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    "A must read...."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent believable thoughtful


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

    The grandmothers story of the german camps.....I had no idea!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like the way each person became alive


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

    Don,t listen to it at night.....you won,t sleep......too much for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    My fav bit was the song for her mothers funeral.......sort of thing that would happen to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Mcfarlane
    Saltburn-by-the-sea
    9/12/14
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    "Heartbreaking and Wonderful in Equal Parts"

    I love Jodi Picoult and this is the first of her books I have listened to (altho I also have the paperback). The narration is excellent and added to the depth of the story for me, I guessed at the twist early in the tale, but it doesnt spoil the ending, in fact I thought it made the revelations even more poignant. Another winner from Jodi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "The lives I have known"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Hell and back


    What did you like best about this story?

    Three stories in one. The story Sage is living, her grandmother experience in Nazi Germany and the story Sage grandmother has written.


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

    Sage. Sage is having an internal struggle with herself. On one hand she is living with the guilt of her mothers death and the scars on her face. On the other hand can she forgive Josephs his crimes against the Jews during the war. Is it her place to forgive. Can she forgive herself for living while her mother died.


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

    When, as a young girl, Sage grandmother witnessed the cold blooded murder of her friend and the subsequent beating, leaving her battered and broken.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story. I will no doubt listen to it again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    6/16/14
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    "Brutal, Harrowing, Heartfelt"

    A story that will make you wretch, cry, reflect, smile and stay with you.

    The Storyteller begins in present day when a complex young woman Sage, meets an old German man Josef at grief group - it's not the most gripping start but stick with it - what follows are chapters told from different characters POV flashing between present day and the period of the Second World War.

    The characters Sage, Leo, Josef, Minka and Anya each build the story layer by layer with tales of horrendous brutality, contemplations of good and evil and questions about humanity.

    Josef's chapters left me feeling sick and at times I thought I would have to turn off as the descriptive passages were so brutal - and yet I kept listening because I knew these details were gleaned from the truth of our living history.

    Minka's chapter's were equally harrowing and took up the largest part of the book, although I was happy to hear her story, which was so full of tragedy, unfairness, hardship, family and in a weird kind of way luck too.

    Whilst I have watched films and read non-fiction accounts of the brutality the Jewish people faced during the rise of Hitlers Army there is something about the first person narrator in this book that transports you right there, so the horror's are tangible.

    Each time I paused this book I found myself thinking about it constantly and whilst I know my mind will eventually drift back to the little problems in my life it has actually made me appreciate how lucky I am to live in a society where I am free, valid and equal. I feel like telling anyone who has little knowledge of the brutality of the concentration camps to read this book, just so they understand the suffering.

    I have read several of Jody Picoult's books, my favourite up until know being 'Change of Heart' but the 'Storyteller' has snatched the top spot - a truly powerful and moving novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. S. Brennan
    Leeds, UK and Maganey, Ireland
    1/28/14
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I'm not one to leave reviews generally, but i thought that i would for this book as i was enthralled from the moment i started listening to it. Wonderfully narrated with raw emotion and the way it has been told really let you feel that you wre there in the moment. Harrowing at times, but extrenely well done and with great sensitivity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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