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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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    Candi West Union, SC, United States 08-15-13
    Candi West Union, SC, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing, wakes you up to a world forgotten!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Life is full of history. Both tragic and beautiful. We need to understand the past to truly understand and appreciate our future.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I wanted to know what came next. I felt I was the granddaughter hearing the story of my family and I had to know more.


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

    The passion of each character. A kind of realization.


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

    There were parts I laughed out loud and said that is so me, other times I cried and was very angry!


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    Susan Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-13
    Susan Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"

    As always, Jodi Picoult has captivated me by her writing. She is always a good read!

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    nevina CT, United States 08-15-13
    nevina CT, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2006

    nevina

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    "One of her best."
    Any additional comments?

    The Storyteller is not as polarizing as some of Jodi Picoults previous books. i think we can all agree that nazi war criminals are a pretty black and white subject. Even though this book is one of the most depressing books ive read/listened to in a long time, (holocaust stories never get easier to hear). It does explore the theme of forgiveness in an interesting and thoughtful way. This might be the Jodi Picoult book I have enjoyed the most.
    Excellent narration by a multi voiced cast. Not a weak link among them.

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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.

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    R. Montoya Santa Fe, NM 08-01-13
    R. Montoya Santa Fe, NM 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

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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

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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!

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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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