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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This is a truly Incredible Book. Twists and turns, great character build and a Shock at the end. The Readers are Wonderful!!!
The Characters through time.
The narrators add incredible reality to the story.
This book made me laugh and cry.
A Must Read!! I am buying the hard cover for my teenagers to read!
I cannot say enough about this book. It is several stories within a story. Each narrator plays their part perfectly, especially Toran as Minka. This book begins in present day with Sage. As we begin to learn her story, she meets an old man with a disturbing secret. As his tale is revealed, Sage seeks guidance from her Grandmother Minka. At this point, Minka takes over, and we hear her amazing story of living as a Jew in Nazi occupied Poland. Minka is able to survive because of her talent as a writer. Throughout the entire book we hear bits and pieces of Minka's own unpublished novel. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Honestly, Minka's story alone makes this one worth the listen.
Couldn't finish it. Couldn't sympathize with the protagonist and her incessant psychological self-flagellation. Her internal struggle about killing the Nazi? What nonsense! And the silly vampire story woven in? What was up with that? Go watch "The Apt Pupil" if you want to see a powerful tale of hidden Nazi war criminals. Pulp.
Inspiring! Relevant! Thoughtful!
In many ways, this reminds me of Sarah's Key. I suppose some of it is that they both deal with WWII, but I think both challenge the reader to think more deeply about human nature and the depths we can sink to but also to see the hope of change.
They all did an excellent job in narrating the story. I appreciated the use of multiple narrators to reflect different characters. They performed with great emotion.
Parts made me want to cry. I do not know how one can bear witness (granted this is fiction but it is based on facts) to the horrors of WWII and not feel remorse or horror or sadness. It also made me think about how I define myself. Sage defines herself in one way and fails to see all of the other facets of herself. We get to see her understand herself and her grandmother and the world.
It as seemed for awhile that the author has had a mold: family, hospital, law suit. In this book the author breaks away from that in a new and fresh way.
Definitely a book worth a second, third, or fourth listen!
The book also awakened me to the fact that there are Nazis (discovered or hidden) still in the United States. It made me do a little research. Sure, their country of origins do not want them back, but should they really be allowed to continue to collect Social Security and such? If their crimes had been known, they would not have been allowed in. They have in effect acted fraudulently and defrauded the US government and her citizens. Doing nothing seems like a crime for us as well.
Yes. Life is full of history. Both tragic and beautiful. We need to understand the past to truly understand and appreciate our future.
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.
The passion of each character. A kind of realization.
There were parts I laughed out loud and said that is so me, other times I cried and was very angry!
The male narration was beautifully done Edoardo Ballerini as Josef was fantastic and completely believable and Fred Berman as Leo reminded me a bit of Scott Brick ( I am a fan so that is a compliment), however the voices of Jennifer Ikeda as Anya and Mozhan Marno as Sage sounded very similar at first until Suzanne Toren as Minka started telling her story then I could finally hear a clear definition of Anya’s story. I am glad they said who was narrating which part at the beginning because I would have guessed Minka was Jennifer & Anya was Suzanne. All in all I would highly recommend this on audio.
The different views/stories were very interesting and very well done it was really interesting to hear Minka & Josef’s different views of the holocaust , Minka’s story broke my heart as well it should but she had a couple decent people help her out even though they were employed by the Nazi’s they still saved her life a couple times. Also Anya’s story about the Wampir (sp.audio) was almost eerie considering what Minka lived after she started writing this story.
I liked the character of Sage, scarred inside and out from a car accident, she keeps to herself works nights so she doesn’t have to see other people or more so no one sees her. Her boyfriend is a married man and I think she likes this safe no commitments relationship because she never has to go out in public together. She attends a grief counseling group where she meets an old man named Josef they strike up a friendship until Josef comes clean with her and tells her of his horrendous past and asks her to do the unthinkable and so begins the moral dilemma that is the premise of this book.
I would highly recommend this book to all as a great story and well crafted historical fiction.
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.
It's a historical mystery and I loved it. I really can't compare it to anything because it's different than other books.
Listening to the grandmother tell her story was so neat. I think at one point I cried.
Bread is food for the heart
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.
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
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.
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.
I have read and listened to many books about the Holocaust...this one includes so many different facets...the granddaughter of a woman who survived the camps, the holocaust survivor herself, and one of the camp officials and his background. Listened to this obsessively to see how it ended; also, it gave some insight on how Germans were recruited to participate in "the final solution." Chilling, gripping.
"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.
"Simply The Best Book I have read!"
From the beginning it hooks you. The characters are fascinating and I honestly felt I was missing them when I had to stop listening to the book inbetween opportunities to listen. I don't want it to end. Harrowing at times, addictive yes, beautiful throughout. Thank you JP!
fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.
"Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"
This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.
Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
"Major flaw in the plot"
Probably not, and this is a first with a Picoult book. The premise the book was based on was flawed. At no point did Sage ask "Why can't you kill yourself? Why do I have to bear the guilt/responsibility?" If he wanted to die, due to the guilt of his actions, why would she facilitate his death, enabling him to continue to spread his evil to another person?
I did learn things about the holocaust and it was well written and flowed well. However I just couldn't accept the key premise of the storyline.
First Picoult book I've read which made me feel it was written to meet a deadline, not because there was a story waiting to be told.
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