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 fans will be familiar with her usual formula of court-room drama and moral dilemmas. Her endings are never quite spelled out and the ultimate decision about what happens is left for the reader to decide. While still dealing with moral issues, the court-room drama is missing this time. The Storyteller is an historical novel that uses the Holocaust to explore guilt, responsibility and family. Like all Picoult's novels, The Storyteller is exceptionally well researched and the narration is outstanding. However,I did not find the story at all compelling. Vampires? Really? It just did not work for me and yes I did get the analogy Picoult tried to make but it was so unnecessary. All the characters, except the grandmother, felt shallow and contrived. I simply couldn't engage with a disfigured reclusive (not to mention self centered) baker, a 90 year old Nazi who is suddenly overtaken with remorse and a barista who speaks only in haiku (I got distracted counting syllables). Meanwhile, Jesus appears in a loaf of bread, a vampire wrecks havoc in a small village and three sisters are called Sage, Pepper and Saffron. Honestly, it could have been a comedy if it weren't for the grandmother's story. When I was listening to the chapters about Minka growing up in Poland and her time in the concentration camps, I was totally engrossed. It was disturbing and devastating and so unlike the rest of the book. I wanted much more of Minka and much less of everything else.
I used to be Jodi Picoult fan. I have read almost all of her novels but with each new book recently, she tries the same old formula and fails miserably. I miss the days when Picoult wrote novels that I could get lost in and that didn't bore me to death or make me roll my eyes in disbelief.
I love audiobooks, ebooks, and physical books. I like a variety of genres, but really got started on Dean Koontz. Since then I'll read (listen) to just about anything except child abuse themes.
I will definitely read (listen) to this story again, and again, and again. I will tell my kids, my kids kids and all my family & friends to read this book. If I were an educator, it would be required reading (even though it's fiction). All my life I've heard about "The Holocaust" but I never really got it until this book. The horror is unimaginable but the story is wonderful. Listening to the book with all the accents makes the story come alive. It's almost like listening to a movie where the film is running in your mind. No other story has made such an impact on me as this one. And the fact that the story is happening in present day United States makes it feel more like a story but has the impact of a history lesson.
The most memorable moment was when one of the Nazis had so much compassion for the victims he actually brought them into his company to protect them from sure death, even when he didn't need all of the ones he already had.
It was such a horrific description of the holocaust told from the viewpoint of a Jewish participant. Heart rendering and brutally descriptive view into the lives of those who were persecuted. It brought the horror to life and gave me a whole new perspective of WWII, the German occupation, and the Allied Liberation.
Minka, she was so brave, strong, self-reliant, giving and she persevered.
It broke my heart. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to listen to it, it gives great meaning to the term "Lest We Forget".
Such a heartwarming story. You go back and back with the characters. It's never easy to pick a side. And just when you think you've figured it out, you turn the page and change your mind. There were a few times that I was like, 'Come on. No way.' Keep going. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with the delivery and pronunciation. It wasn't easy at times, but it was commendable. This isn't a light read, and you'll have to stay focused. But it's well worth the time put into it.
This was my first Jodi Picoult book and I loved it. I found the story moving because of its historical basis, but also due to the unique story line and great narrators. I listened to this book in a week and about to buy another Picoult book.
Captivating, well done.
The plot left you always wanting to hear what happened next. The storyline could have been predictable, and maybe in some ways it was, but it was so well told, I wanted to keep going.
I think these are some of the same voices that do many other Jodi Picoult books, but the different voices for the different characters go a long way towards making the story more of a play and giving it an interesting voice.
Spoiler: this was totally well done and a great story. But, since I've read/listened to many other Jodi Picoult books, I knew there would be a twist and found myself constantly thinking about it. The book wasn't so complicated that you couldn't guess - in fact, I figured out the twist early on and was disappointed to learn I was right. Her books are awesome, but I really do wish that plot line was much less predictable.
The different characters were fantastic. The different narrators are wonderful.
The plot seemed to be transparent but like all the Picoult books I am always waiting for the unexpected twist.
I couldn't name one. They were all fantastic.
I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. I was hard to tare myself away from it and could not wait to get back to it.
I never have enough good things to say about Picoults books. I absolutely love every one of them.
The story was interesting, but had so many plot lines and interjections into the narrative that I found myself confused and frustrated more than once, as well as lacking motivation to keep listening. If you are interested in the WWII era, you may like the attempt at historical fiction, but overall was not impressed.
absolutely amazing read
Even though it was truly a horror story, I could not wait to listen to it every chance I could get
Narrators spoke with feeling
The entire book was great. I can't say just one particular moment moved me
This truly is a must read or listen
although this book has had some bad reviews I found it to be a touching and compelling story even though I do not like to read anymore about the holocaust. It causes me too much distress. Picoult did a remarkable job of telling the story and I got a kick of how she ended it.
"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.
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.
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.
Definitely, this was a haunting tale that stayed with me all day, I wanted to saver the listening absorbing the story along the way.
It was beautifully structured and the characters were believable with scenes which you felt part of in the way they were described and read.
"LOVED THIS BOOK"
Definitely. I loved the story, but the 4 narrators just brought it to life. Enjoyed every minute.
I loved them all, but particularly liked Sage, as she blossomed, and Leo's portrayal was very good.
Can't choose - they were all very good.
Not outloud, but it made a big impression.
Having read Jodi Picoult before and finding her books increasingly similar I had been reluctant to read this book. After several recommendations from friends and indeed from Twitter I decided to give this book a chance. It's a great book - it's so moving and really makes you think about life. It made me think about the holocaust in a way that I hadn't before. Now I'm very keen to read more Jodi Picoult's book - hope she doesn't let me down. The different narrators work well and enliven the story.
"another great read from Jodi Picoult"
This book was so interesting and also very sad. The events so horrific to read at times, but these events in history must be told. Away from the doom and gloom, love blossoms, also a surprise ending.
"Excellent, but maybe not ideal holiday reading..."
This was a really good story, up to Ms Picoult's usual standard. The unfurling plot made it gripping listening, and she always manages to inject some unexpected twists throughout.
I enjoyed the novelty of the fiction within the fiction too. However the storyline has some quite harrowing content, and although I was utterly gripped and spent every available moment of the first 4 days of my holiday listening, it did have the affect of making me quite introverted and reflective, which was unfortunate for my husband. So not one for some 'light holiday reading' - but don't miss out, Ms Picoult is never afraid of tackling difficult and controversial subjects.
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