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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Ania Grandbois MA, USA 05-13-13
    Ania Grandbois MA, USA 05-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    This book/story was skillfully crafted, really well done.


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

    I enjoyed the interweaving of the stories and putting together the pieces during the telling prior to them being revealed more directly.


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

    I really liked the different narrators, and will seek other books with multiple narrators now.


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

    I cried helplessly at times and felt quite strongly several times. Part 2 of the book was so engrossing, I found it difficult to even multitask and just sat actively listening to much of that part.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much, I'm still feeling tempted to listen to it a second time right now immediately after finishing it, regardless of having 11 new audio books to select from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Apple Valley, ca, United States 05-11-13
    Mary Apple Valley, ca, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to.


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

    When it all comes together... past, present, and future, it was touching, heartbreaking, and hopeful.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for the characters and the different views really made the book come alive!


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

    I definitely could have listened to this book in one sitting but used it as a treat for my mind while I went walking.


    Any additional comments?

    Picoult's finest!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Pottstown, PA, United States 05-11-13
    Stacy Pottstown, PA, United States 05-11-13

    I LOVE to read!! I prefer mysteries but I dabble in every genre!!

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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    This is the true definition of an audiobook! I am so glad I decided to use a credit for this! The narrators really captured the essence of the characters and kept me listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heart of this story is definitively Minka's grim tale of life in the Jewish ghetto and concentration camps. I liked the contrast in her personal story and Josef's personal story of that same time period.


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

    The narrators brought the story to life. I think they made it more realistic. I felt as if I was in the story myself.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Forgive or forget?"
    I'm not really good at tag lines!


    Any additional comments?

    I've only read a few other Jodi Picoult books, but she holds true to form in this novel and she doesn't disappoint. I admire books that dive into history and the extensive research it must have taken to complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Gillette, WY, United States 05-11-13
    Cathy Gillette, WY, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought Provoking"

    I like how Jodi Picoult takes current issues and produces an emotional fictional account. The Storyteller is all that but a little bit more. The different perspectives she includes are so thought provoking that I continue to consider them even after finishing the book. Although I have read Picoult's more recent books, they had lost some of their edge for me. They had become somewhat predictable and familiar. The Storyteller is my new Jodi Picoult favorite. I highly recommend this book and already have to my friends and family.

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    kellyann jackson n. bellmore, new york United States 05-09-13
    kellyann jackson n. bellmore, new york United States 05-09-13
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    "GREAT Book, disappointing ending"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The readers were fantastic and the story was gripping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The grandmother, because of her strength and wisdom.


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

    When the Germans came in and knocked the chicken dinner off the table. I don't know why but that scene stayed with me throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    There was some foreshadowing regarding the ending..... but I still feel as though too many ends were left in the air. I would have liked a few more details

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 05-09-13
    Tim United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not to be missed"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    weaving our history


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

    No, this was the first. Pure pleasure to ride along on this riveting journey


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

    Make you realize our emotions tied to events are not separated by more than a degree or a small bakery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey COLUMBIA, MO, United States 05-09-13
    Stacey COLUMBIA, MO, United States 05-09-13
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    "Great Book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent book!! Jodi Picoult is an AMAZING author. All of her books including Storyteller are awesome!! From the first page to the last there was never a dull moment. I didn't want the book to end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detailed information describing the concentration camps. So sad, you could feel Menka's pain.


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

    No


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

    Yes. Although it's my reason to exercise. If I don't exercise then I don't get to listen to a book. Kept me motivated everyday to burn some calories while listening to a great book!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katy PARKER, CO, United States 05-06-13
    Katy PARKER, CO, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A compelling read"
    Any additional comments?

    The Storyteller skillfully intertwines multiple story lines into a compelling tale about guilt, forgiveness, and retribution.The voice talent on this audio book drew me in and kept me listening. My only criticism of the book was the ending--it seemed hasty and abrupt--and the final actions of the main characters seemed inconsistent with the the rest of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Verdugo 05-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The whole book was memorable to me. It has suspense and sorrow and a bit of lust.


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

    All the readers were great. I love books that allow me to use my imagination and not think twice about whether or not the voice matches the characters.


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

    Well I didn't do much laughing but I was saddened and heart broken at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not expect this book to end they way it did and I honestly wasn't sure what I was in for. But I really really enjoyed it. I love the way the book is written. I'm am Polish and my family was too once in the situation so I suppose it hit close to home.

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    marilyn 05-06-13
    marilyn 05-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "What a story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Because some of the characters are from different countries, hearing those differences really brought the story to life.


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

    For me, the chapters where Minka tells her story were at times horrifying, sad yet riveting.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Their performances truly made you believe they were who they were speaking.


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

    There were so many because the story was so beautiful but if I had to choose one it would be Minka's death.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't get enough of this book and have even considered buying the print version to re-read one day. The voices of the characters were so well chosen that I believe I will forever hear them in my head and that's what made this so great. Kudos to Jodi Piccoult for an amazing story and kudos to Audible for making this book come alive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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