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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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    Kathy J. Garrett Saint Charles, IL 07-16-13
    Kathy J. Garrett Saint Charles, IL 07-16-13

    Kathy Garrett

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    "Best Picoult Book I've read"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    It had a hold on me from beginning to end. It is by far her best I've read. The narration by the cast of voices was excellently cast. If you like historical fiction this book will be the one you can't put down.


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    Nancy Dillard, GA, United States 07-14-13
    Nancy Dillard, GA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth 10 Stars!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The story kept me intrigued from the start. I couldn't stop listening . . . stayed up way past my bedtime!


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

    Yes, the multiple narrators made it even better: Young Anya, old German Joseph. Much better listened to than read.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best Jodi Picoult book I've ever read/listened to. In fact it may be the BEST BOOK I'VE EVER, EVER READ! I can't recommend it highly enough. You won't be disappointed.

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    Åsa Varmdo, Sweden 07-13-13
    Åsa Varmdo, Sweden 07-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not worth the time"
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    Jodi Picoult failed to touch my soul with this book. Characters, story and milieu lacked the sparkle needed to transform them into real, captivating people. The notion that I was reading about fictional characters created in someone's imagination never left me. I jumped several chapters to get to the end. The moral conundrums at stake never challenged me.
    No, there's better stuff out there.

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    Andrew 07-13-13
    Andrew 07-13-13
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    "Well performed, but the Holocaust again?"
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    If you have never read about the Holocaust in World War II, this is an excellent book to acquaint you with the horror and madness of that era. And, not that there are two sides to the story, but there are two sides to the people--both Germans and Jews. Well-written and superbly read, the book works as history and novel.

    But, if you have more than a passing knowledge of the Holocaust, or have known people who have lived through it, you might not want to revisit the subject. I have known survivors, and was not aware of the Holocaust part of the story before listening to it. My problem was "seeing" my relatives as participants in the story, and that was to say the least, uncomfortable.

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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 07-12-13
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 07-12-13 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    "A Masterpiece"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    This was a book so steeped in emotion that I found it hard to turn off the car and come in the house. Several times, I walked in the front door wearing my headset! The voices of the various performers were masterful. The story was engaging and painful in many places. I cannot think of a negative to mention.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard question to answer. Saige was an interesting and complex character. But I also enjoyed Jozef, despite his horrid history and the fact that he had been a monster during World War II. The character development was well-done and I particularly liked the way Ms. Picoult moved from character to character, telling the story from that person's viewpoint. Very well done.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The grandmother's accent was fairly well done. I liked Saige's voice... I found it strangely calming, even when she was agitated.


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

    Yes, it definitely was a book I wanted to continue listening to. I have been recommending it.


    Any additional comments?

    Holocaust novels are particularly difficult for me to listen to though i lost no family in the camps. This one has such an interesting premise and is very well written in my opinion.

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    Dale 07-11-13
    Dale 07-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good as the dickins!"

    Very good book for sure. So hard to read at times because of just how terrible it was for the Jews during WW2. Super creative in the separate stories all coming together in the end.

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    LaVerna Claremore, OK, United States 07-10-13
    LaVerna Claremore, OK, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Historical and informative"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrators had great voices and the historical facts of the story. I loved it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Narrators were great.


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

    I did laugh at times, and felt sad at others.


    Any additional comments?

    You just got to hear this book

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    P. Carson Connecticut 07-09-13
    P. Carson Connecticut 07-09-13 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook Raven

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    "The Story the Storyteller did not want to tell"

    I liked The Storyteller primarily for the stories that wrap around the central story of a Polish Jewish Ghetto and the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The relationships formed by the main characters (Sage and her sisters and her grandmother; Josef Weber and his brother; Sage's married lover, Adam; and Sage's new lover, Leo) are more interesting to me than the details of the grandmother's deportation to Auschwitz and her life there. The details of the Auschwitz segment are well told by Jodi Picoult but those facts have been told in many other novels, including some fairly recent best-sellers, such as, Chris Bohjalian's novel Skeletons at the Feast and Jenna Blum's novel Those Who Save Us.

    The unique appeal of The Storyteller lies in the examination of guilt and forgiveness, lies and truth, ugliness and beauty. Sage, who is physically scarred because of an accident, is the granddaughter of a woman scarred by the concentration camp. Sage also becomes the friend of a very old man, who is mourning the death of his wife but also seeking death and forgiveness for his actions 70 years earlier. How Sage deals with this old man's guilt and need for forgiveness is deeply moving and human. Her feelings and actions are ambivalent, flawed, and understandable. The author's ability to portray Sage's internal conflict lifts this novel to the high level of acclaim that it has attracted.

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    Tiesha Thomas San Antonio 07-09-13
    Tiesha Thomas San Antonio 07-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected in a good way!"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, intriguing, captivating


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Anne 07-08-13
    Anne 07-08-13
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    "THIS is what Jodi Picoult can do!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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