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The Storyteller Audiobook

The Storyteller

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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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    Jessica Seattle, WA, United States 02-28-13
    Jessica Seattle, WA, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "She has outdone herself!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have about 400 books in my audible library, and this ranks among the best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    All of it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There are several narrators for all of the roles, and all were great.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books, and they are all great but this one is the best.

    17 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 04-04-14
    AudioAddict 04-04-14

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Five stories perfectly entwined"

    STORY - Audible has categorized this as a mystery/thriller/modern detective. I would call it historical fiction, though there are mystery and detective components. The main characters are richly developed, and each tells his own story. There is Josef, who is an old man haunted by the crimes he commited against Jews during the Holocaust. Sage is a young woman who works as a baker at night so she can hide her disfigured face from the world. Leo is a government attorney who finds and prosecutes war criminals. Minke, Sage's grandmother, was a prisoner at Auschwitz and is "The Storyteller." Minke writes a story about Anya and two vampire brothers, which captivates those who hear it.

    The book jumps between these five stories, sometimes for hours at a time and sometimes just for minutes. They are easy to keep straight because they are each read by a different narrator. Minke's story about her life at Auschwitz is very long and details numerous atrocities, but it didn't bother me to listen to it. Josef seeks forgiveness for his crimes and surprisingly asks Sage to kill him, which causes Sage to meet Leo and investigate who Josef really was and what crimes he might have committed.

    The book is deep and emotional, but I found it enjoyable and not gut-wrenching. Many of the characters are emotionally damaged. Some heal and some do not. The ending is very good, and I must say it came as a complete surprise to me.

    PERFORMANCE - How can you go wrong with five different narrators? They all did great jobs.

    OVERALL - I highly recommend this book to anyone, as long as you don't mind probing around in this dark period of our history.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 08-31-14
    Calliope 08-31-14
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    "1001 Nights in Nazi Germany"

    Sage is a young woman who befriends an elderly man in her grief support group, and he asks her to kill him as a kind of twisted form of justice for his previous crimes 60+ years before when he was an SS officer..........but that's not really what the book is about. Too bad, because that would have made a more interesting book about justice, forgiveness, sacrifice, self-loathing, and self-doubt.

    Instead we get a retrospective story about how Sage's grandmother lived and survived though World War II and internment in Nazi concentration camps, in great part because of her unfinished and ongoing story that she'd written.....the story had captivated an SS officer who helped her survive Auschwitz because he kept wanting to know what happened next in her story. That forms the biggest chunk of the book, and it's mixed with that telling of the story that she (the grandmother) wrote - which bears an unfortunate resemblance to a teen vampire love story. 'I killed for him, isn't that a sign that we were meant to be together?' -- Ugh!

    There's a definite undertone of Christian mythology in the book, in spite of the fact that Sage is an atheist and her grandmother was a Jew who survived the holocaust: Mary, Joseph, Adam, and Eve (well, it's actually Eva), all appear and bread is a central thread as the staff of life and livelihood, and the manifestation of the baker's emotions. Overall, I thought it was rather heavy handed in it's symbolism and language.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-20-13
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Worth listening to"

    I have been a big fan of Jodi Picoult, despite the fact that in the past few years she seems to be sacrificing quality for quantity. In this book she has gotten her groove back on a horrific subject and handles it with amazing realism! The holocaust story was very well constructed and at some points literally had me in tears. The writing was Jodi at her best! The rest of the book was a disappointment. Perhaps she needed a more honest editor. First of all there were too many unnecessary storylines which just distracted from the important story. Second, her allegorical story/fable was unnecessary and did nothing for the book. Third, it seemed that she borrowed from, The Reader, in that a prisoner survives because of a story/reading. I also think the names she gave her characters are a bit silly-sisters named Sage, Saffron & Pepper - are you kidding me? The readers were all great except for the voice of Misha, I found her intonation annoying.
    All in all, I enjoyed listening to this book and I would still recommend it even with the negatives that I have described.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 09-21-16
    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 09-21-16 Member Since 2015

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    "The Storyteller"

    I am not sorry that I listened to this book if for nothing else then to have the vivid reminder of what mankind can do to each other in the name of War or God or whatever excuse they find. I didn't think however that this story blended well and I felt the boy, girl love stuff was silly considering that the bulk of the story was about the Holocaust.
    It is so horrific that at times it was hard to listen to, but listen you must.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer rockport,maine 08-25-16
    Amazon Customer rockport,maine 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "as usual, poignant and moral allegorical"

    a moral tale critical to explore
    far reaching
    beyond what is simply a tale of right and wrong

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie A Brossman Schuylkill Haven, PA United States 08-24-16
    Julie A Brossman Schuylkill Haven, PA United States 08-24-16
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    "Could not stop listening to this story. "

    Felt like I was living through the Holocaust as one of the characters. The narrative was wonderful. Can't wait to listen to another one od Jodi's books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barb 08-18-16
    Barb 08-18-16

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    "Compelling"

    It was hard to put this one down. Well written and narrated. Very interesting ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 08-15-16
    Sharon 08-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Spellbinding, disturbing and thought provoking"

    So many layers of the book, the scenes from the concentration camp were graphic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marvene 07-31-16
    Marvene 07-31-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprising story and fabulous narration"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I listened to the audio first then went out and bought the book.


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

    Every moment was filled with suspense.


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

    I have NEVER read anything about the Holocaust. Well written in story form. Loved it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In the barn with the farmers wife...


    Any additional comments?

    Very long but an excellent story! Bravo

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • M. Chamberlain
    12/16/15
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    "Great story pity about the ending"

    I enjoyed this story up until the last chapter. Felt the strong story line could have done with a more dramatic ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jan
    12/1/15
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    "Great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    Not read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and this one does not disappoint


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

    Different voices for each character help to follow the story


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

    Yes. This is a very gritty story which is painful to listen to at times. It is sobering to think that it is set in world war 2 but similar atrocities are happening today


    Any additional comments?

    Jodi Picoult at her best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
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    5/17/15
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    "Great read"

    Riveting story of people involved in different ways around the holocaust. I could not put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    3/23/15
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    "don't judge a book by its cover"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the different narrators, because this enabled you to understand where the book changed pace, direction and enabled me to keep up with what was going on.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    this is the first book with any of these narators


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

    very connected to the book, I cried, sobbed, got angry, yelled, and swooned.
    The way it was written was very clever, despite the subject matter, I didn't feel sick at any of the gruesomes elements.


    Any additional comments?

    I was going to return this book originally as I thought it was a girly beach book. I am so glad I didn't. The write up for the book was completely misleading, I thought it was going to be shallow and pointless, I was stagger by content of the book, it was full to bursting point.
    This now ranks as one of the best books I have ever had the joy to read. the holocaust part was emotional, raw and I hope factual. totally captivating in every way and I felt lost once I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Cater
    3/10/15
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    "Great book"

    fabulous book as all of jodi picoult novels are.
    great story, moving and addictive.
    historically factual with rich characters, the story had me from the first chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/15
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    "Holocaust, morals and ethics"

    This is my second Jodi Piccoult book. I am drawn into them by the way she looks at all the characters and plays devils advocate when you do not expect it.
    Great narration for Minka and her story, I liked the character Sage as she was not flawless and very believable. For such a harrowing book, I did laugh out loud at the mess up of the funeral song, you will understand when you listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • julie
    1/11/15
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    "Absolutely fabulous"

    This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I've immediately downloaded another. The story was gripping, I didn't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • trish
    10/14/14
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    "A must read...."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent believable thoughtful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The grandmothers story of the german camps.....I had no idea!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like the way each person became alive


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

    Don,t listen to it at night.....you won,t sleep......too much for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    My fav bit was the song for her mothers funeral.......sort of thing that would happen to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Mcfarlane
    Saltburn-by-the-sea
    9/12/14
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    "Heartbreaking and Wonderful in Equal Parts"

    I love Jodi Picoult and this is the first of her books I have listened to (altho I also have the paperback). The narration is excellent and added to the depth of the story for me, I guessed at the twist early in the tale, but it doesnt spoil the ending, in fact I thought it made the revelations even more poignant. Another winner from Jodi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "The lives I have known"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Hell and back


    What did you like best about this story?

    Three stories in one. The story Sage is living, her grandmother experience in Nazi Germany and the story Sage grandmother has written.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Sage. Sage is having an internal struggle with herself. On one hand she is living with the guilt of her mothers death and the scars on her face. On the other hand can she forgive Josephs his crimes against the Jews during the war. Is it her place to forgive. Can she forgive herself for living while her mother died.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When, as a young girl, Sage grandmother witnessed the cold blooded murder of her friend and the subsequent beating, leaving her battered and broken.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story. I will no doubt listen to it again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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