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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?

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    Liz Charlotte, NC, United States 04-22-13
    Liz Charlotte, NC, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly a Great Read"
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    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.

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    Jacqueline Austin, TX, United States 04-22-13
    Jacqueline Austin, TX, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Captivating"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, well done.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Crystal Knox, IN, United States 04-22-13
    Crystal Knox, IN, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another wonderful Picoult"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The different characters were fantastic. The different narrators are wonderful.


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

    The plot seemed to be transparent but like all the Picoult books I am always waiting for the unexpected twist.


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

    I couldn't name one. They were all fantastic.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I never have enough good things to say about Picoults books. I absolutely love every one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison United States 04-21-13
    Alison United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok, not great."
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    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.

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    Mary Warwick, New York, United States 04-21-13
    Mary Warwick, New York, United States 04-21-13
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    "Mesmerizing"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    absolutely amazing read


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

    Even though it was truly a horror story, I could not wait to listen to it every chance I could get


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Narrators spoke with feeling


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

    The entire book was great. I can't say just one particular moment moved me


    Any additional comments?

    This truly is a must read or listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cookie box piqua, ohio 04-20-13
    cookie box piqua, ohio 04-20-13 Member Since 2003

    creative cook

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    "the storyteller is a wonderful story"

    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.

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    Pat Coatesville, PA, United States 04-20-13
    Pat Coatesville, PA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2010

    I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.

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    "Nothing is as it seems!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The narrators did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The story was absorbing and yet very hard to hear in parts....so much pain in people's lives. Watching some of them triumph over the past gives me hope!


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

    The gripping account of the grandmother's experiences in the death camps in Germany during WWII. It was told in such a way that you didn't escape the horror, but also brought humanity not only to the prisoners, but to one particular German. So stunningly told, you feel as if you now know for yourself what it was like to be a Jew in the death camps. Perfectly told, telling us the truth, but not maudlin.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They captured the presence of each character perfectly!


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

    I almost did!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the beautifully intertwined stories of the characters, realizing, as the story goes on, that each character is like an onion and their true selves are exposed in stages. A gripping story. Amazing!

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    Nancy United States 04-20-13
    Nancy United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another great story with an ethical dilema"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Intense. Troubling...


    What other book might you compare The Storyteller to and why?

    I have read several of Jodi Picoult's books. They usually present some really interesting ethical issues. All of her books are very well written and beautifully told. I liked this book but perhaps not as much as some of her previous books.


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

    I feel a little cheated by the end. There is an implausible twist at the end that I did not appreciate. Sure, it makes the story more troubling but as I said, just implausible.


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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-20-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "***Absolutely everything an audiobook should be***"

    This was simply the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to. The writing was beautiful, gripping, raw....the narration was FLAWLESS. bravo Jodi Picoult.... You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel your heart break in two.... This is. MUST MUST MUST have!!!!

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    Mamabetz Cranbury, NJ USA 04-19-13
    Mamabetz Cranbury, NJ USA 04-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Waaay Too Much"
    What disappointed you about The Storyteller?

    I couldn't finish this book. The descriptions of the Holocaust were just too graphic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am normally a fan of Jodi Picoult, having read all her books to date. This is the first I have not been able to finish because of the story. She asks the reader to sympathize with a Nazi war criminal, attempting to explain what made him follow orders to do unspeakable things. The premise is all right, because clearly the protagonist is not going to excuse what he did, but I just couldn't stomach the descriptions of his actions. I never even got to the story of the title character, which presumably is more of the same. It was just plain too much!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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