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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There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This book had all the right elements for a great read: it was a good story that had many levels, the writing was good, there were lessons about history, as well as philosophical or ethical questions to ponder.
I loved the way there were 3 different stories going on at once. First there is the story of Sage and her struggle with how to interact with Joseph Weber and her meeting Leo. Then there is Minka’s story of the Upior, based on an old Polish fairy tale. This was interesting as a parallel and a metaphor for many of the actions and horrors that occurred in the book. The third and, to me, the most dramatic story was that of Minka herself and her path into and finally out of two different German concentration camps. The author very skillfully weaves these 3 story lines together in such a way that each story line adds to and helps to develop the other.
Spoiler alert here: I had trouble putting the book down! If I have any criticism, it’s with the ending. I’m not sure that the big switch in the character of Joseph Weber at the end was necessary or very well explained. Also, the idea that Sage pulls off her final act but seems to have no intention of sharing it or talking about it with Leo seems unrealistic. OR perhaps I’m unconvinced that she really could or would pull off this final decision. I feel like this final section was, perhaps, rushed or underdeveloped in relation to all that had come before. However, this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book overall.
I highly recommend it.
You will know when you get there, but there are parts of this book that will make you cry. In addition to feeling sorrow, you will get angry at some of the characters and angry that such atrocities actually occurred in the past. This story is a good reminder to be greatful for the little things in life and for the most obvious.
I love that this is a story in a story in a story. There are so many layers to this book. It just makes you think on so many levels.
Yes and no. It's not an edge of the seat type of thriller. But I was so captured by the characters and their stories that I definitely had to keep listening.
Minka is a character I won't soon forget. She is written so well, and the performance really does her justice. .
This book made me want to discuss it with everyone. I have most of my friends listening or reading just so we can do that. Just the questions of right and wrong, coupled with forgiveness for those acts keep me thinking about this story long after I finished it.
I think this book should be required reading - especially in ethics classes.
This was a hard one to get into. I almost returned it as this story and how it jumped around so much from stories almost lost me. It grabbed me when the Grandmother started telling her story and then I was hooked. Fantastic narration and just grabbed you with her heart breaking saga of being in a concentration camp as a young girl and how she survived. The ending just kept getting better as it all came together. I'm still not thrilled with how this author threw in a few chapters of who is this and how does this connect with the story, but at the end you find out. It's a great 4 star book with a 5 star narration from this group. WOW!!
Back in the 70's and 80's I read a myriad of books relating to WW11 from many different authors. I was never so much interested in the military angle but more so the stories of the Jews and others that were caught up in Germany's blunder. Many great authors such as Leon Uris, James Michener's Poland (why are none of his books on audio?) and Ken Follett to name a few. Going into this book I was not aware that so much of this book would be a first person account of a very believable story about Auschwitz. The story is wonderful all the way around. Also, great narrators. I think that whether you have any knowledge about that time period or not this is a great listen. . This is the second book by Picoult that I have purchased and both books have stayed with me. I find myself thinking about them still many weeks later.
I'm typically a murder, suspense, & thriller type reader; however, I'm expanding, exploring, & expanding my interests.
This is another gripping read by Jodi Picoult. The story is heart-wrenching, yet warm & touching. I really enjoyed reading this book and I know it is fiction, but I always find it difficult to read about war, suffering, and the hurt that was endured.
This book reminded me of Sarah's Key.
Great storyline, characters, and very detailed descriptions of the era. The twists and turns were numerous, but the ending is what pushed me over the edge. It really left me thinking, wondering, and then thinking again--- isn't that what a GREAT book does??
I have over 600 books on audible. This is in the top 3!
the humanization of the jews.they were not statistics they were people.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
If this story had been billed as a drama it would have gotten a five star rating but as a mystery, although well written, it drags on and too much time is spent in the past.
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