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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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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 07-28-13
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    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.

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    hinbar 07-23-13
    hinbar 07-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!!"

    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.

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    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-22-13
    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book will stay with me forever."

    I've loved every book I've read from Jodi Picoult and I think this one is one of her best. I'm actually not ready to listen to another book yet for fear of disappointment because I'll be comparing it to this one.

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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow start, but a good listen overall"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was an interesting account of the Holocaust and I liked how it was told from multiple points of view.


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

    Admittedly, it was slow at first - I wasn't sure I was going to keep listening. However, once the point of view changed a few times to reveal other characters' perspectives, I became more interested. Everything from Josef and Minka's points of view was particularly compelling.


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

    I like that there is a different narrator for each point of view in the novel. It made for a more robust experience.


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

    Not at first, but when I got about halfway through, it was tough to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    The Holocaust certainly doesn't make for lightweight reading material, but this story is a worthwhile experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 07-17-13
    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Long"
    What would have made The Storyteller better?

    Way too long, with way too many details. I got lost in all the details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    no


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

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sadnes


    Any additional comments?

    Not a fun book to read and we know so much about the Holocaust, there was too many details givene

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    Amber M. Henderson Wardensville, WV United States 07-17-13
    Amber M. Henderson Wardensville, WV United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2014

    All I need is a good book and a blanket and I'm good :D

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    "Predictable Picoult"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending


    Did The Storyteller inspire you to do anything?

    Research more about the Holocaust and Auschwitz. I love fiction with historical tie ins.


    Any additional comments?

    Great historical background and tie in but the flashing to the contemporary story ruins it. Overall an interesting read but the ending is typical Jodi Picoult for those familiar with her style.

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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 2015
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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 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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