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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?

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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."
    Any additional comments?

    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

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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!!

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    Jennifer Charleston, WV, United States 04-19-13
    Jennifer Charleston, WV, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The narration of this book was excellent! I loved the characters, especially Sage, and the story itself. It was such a powerful and moving book.


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

    No, this was my first audio book by this narrator, but I thought it was excellent!


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    Thomas Levin Chicago 04-19-13
    Thomas Levin Chicago 04-19-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Extremely well written"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    Great performances. Easy to determine which character is which by the dramatization


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

    The ending


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

    This novel is far from my usual 'genre' but I found it to be captivating. Particularly liked the story within the story and the associated allegories.


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    Jamie L Cullen New Wilmington, PA, US 04-18-13
    Jamie L Cullen New Wilmington, PA, US 04-18-13
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    "Another Amazing Story by Jodi Picoult"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio version because I like someone telling me a story. The words sink in better because I'm not skimming through to get the answers like I usually do with a written book. I also enjoy being able to listen to a book while having to do mundane household chores. With a book like The Storyteller, there are a lot of names that are hard to pronounce so it's nice to have someone tell you what the words are. I would definitely read the book, though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka - She endured so much, but fought to survive the whole way through her story. She was kind, strong, independent, loyal, and loving. She loved her family and she softened the hardest hearts during the war with her stories. I love that she never finishes the story because in my eyes it's not particularly so that others can make up their own endings, it's to spite Franz. All he wanted was the ending of her story, but in her eyes, as long as that story was unfinished, she would stay alive. Maybe somewhere in her mind, she still felt that way, like the story could never end.


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

    The accents - the pauses - inflections, it's so different being able to hear a story read to you opposed to reading it yourself.


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

    When the Germans wanted all the kids under 10 rounded up because "they wouldn't know what was happening to them." I cried. Hearing about the abuse to the children was the hardest thing to read. I've read many books on the Holocaust and those parts get me every time. When Basha accidentally killed Meyer in order to keep him silent, I thought of my own 2 year old son and I just wept for her. In the end, it was better for him to die in his mother's arms then to be given to the SS, though. It was the hardest part of the book to read for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was amazing. The way Jodi Picoult writes is fantastic. There hasn't been a book of hers that I haven't liked. I will have to say that after reading this, it's my favorite. It was so interesting to get both sides of the story in one book. The ending was not a surprise to me. I thought that Reiner was actually Franz, but then there were moments I recanted that, but to know that Franz carried around the leather book of Minka's all these years was heartwarming. It frustrates me knowing that he never got to speak to her. He beat her, but he saved her life because Reiner would have surely killed her if not. Luckily he was able to get her out of there and on another train.

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