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The Storyteller Audiobook

The Storyteller

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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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    Amazon Customer SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 06-01-13
    Amazon Customer SCHENECTADY, NY, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen Excellent voice performances"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Jodi tells a story that is captivating and holds your interest. This is a different type of Holocaust story told from the perspective of the victims and the perpetuators.


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

    Sage is an awesome character who battles her own demons while investigating other ones.
    Her discussions with Minka and Josef are well written and voiced


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

    The narrators bring the story alive. Their accents are real not staged and they all bring strong emotion to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    My only disappointment was the ending. I felt that Sage needed to stay above the fray of getting even. Her ongoing struggle with a developing moral ethic collapsed in the end.

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    Jeffrey Athens, Texas, United States 05-29-13
    Jeffrey Athens, Texas, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read from the Jewish perspective"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Life's A Story


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

    The ending when the picture book was found in the night stand.


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

    It brough the characters to life.


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

    It's not just another Anne Franks tale.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always been drawn to the conflict in WWII, but the book pulls the reader into the grey areas and tries to get into the how and why people acted the way they did.

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    Janet 05-29-13
    Janet 05-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Picoult's tells a great story"

    Recently I have read many books about the WWII and concentracion camps. Ms PIcoult makes this one feel personal. One needs to pay attention to all the different story lines, but well worth the effort. This one would be a great one for a book club. I have recommended the book to lots of friends. As always Picoult has some twists and turns to the story line.

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    Julia San Mateo, CA, United States 05-28-13
    Julia San Mateo, CA, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This was an amazing book with amazing narrators!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved everything about this book. It is a great story and I am so happy that I listened to it rather than read it. The voices for each character fit perfectly.


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

    It did. My only wish is that we would have heard more from Josef.


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

    Minka's entire account of her life moved me.


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    nurseforcomfort San Diego 05-28-13
    nurseforcomfort San Diego 05-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "absoluting fascinating induced many tears"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I would listen again to adsorb more of the details that I cried through the first time.


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

    The rescue


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

    They were wonderful


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

    Made me cry!


    Any additional comments?

    Most interesting as the book described how a young German man was convinced Hitler was trying to help Germany was interesting to hear how normal young men were made into monsters..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GAYNOR SANDTON, South Africa 05-27-13
    GAYNOR SANDTON, South Africa 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A REALLY good Jodi Picoult book !"

    New to audio but I REALLY loved this book ! Cannot recommend it highly enough!

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    Amazon Customer Danville, KY USA 05-27-13
    Amazon Customer Danville, KY USA 05-27-13 Member Since 2013

    Mary Dean RN, BSN, Health Sciences Teacher. Member since March 2010.

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    "Superb book! Realistic to the max!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The entire story-line. This book as told by the grand-daughter and the grand-mother touched my emotions so deeply. I laughed a bit and cried a lot. I was totally engaged while listening to this book. I tolerated no outside interruptions. I wanted to hear and feel every word of this book. I was surprised at the true identity of the Nazi. I was not disappointed in this listen in any way. Great book. Great listen.


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

    I do not have anything similar to compare it to.


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

    Just listening to the different character accents enhanced this listen and made it so realistic.


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

    How Hitler affected the Germans, the Jews, as well as the rest of us.


    Any additional comments?

    My father served as a guard over German officers on a ship during WWII. He brought home pictures that one German officer took while at the concentration camp. They were beyond belief. I saw for myself what the Nazis' did to the Jews. Those pictures were in my mind through every word of this book. From what I saw in those pictures, the grand-mothers account of her life in the concentration camp was exactly as those pictures revealed.

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    donna Brook Park, MN, United States 05-17-13
    donna Brook Park, MN, United States 05-17-13

    Donna

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    "Another heart grabber for Jodi....great book!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jodi has the stories you dont forget. Amazing writer. Every time I read another Picoult, I find another favorite! How do you do it Jodi???


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

    It was fairly easy to take a break..but I really looked forwards to my "book time". A really good book.


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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.

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    Mary Apple Valley, ca, United States 05-11-13
    Mary Apple Valley, ca, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2015
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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!

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  • Sarah
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "A real page turner"

    Enjoyed this book but wasn't too impressed/satisfied with ending.

    Gripping in many places but couldn;t really connect with character Sage.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a moving account of the holocaust with excruciating attention to the horror- the subject matter is dealt with better then might be expected. However, I was desperate for the book to do more that it managed to achieve- it promises in its subplots and undertones to explore the monstrous nature of humanity and unpack the complexity of forgiveness and death. However, these themes never seem to quite get out of the box. I failed to understand the ending and the decisions made by the central characters left me back tracking through the story to see whether it was my mistake to find it baffling. This book promises much that it can’t quite deliver, tackling an incredibly difficult subject it falls short of its own very high ambitions and, a victim of its own ambition, left me a little bewildered and disappointed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • loulabellauk
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "A Page Turner"

    Whilst its definately a page turner that will have you listening way into the night its not my favourite Picoult book because I failed to relate to the main characters. I found Sage quite whiney but then she was in a difficult position.



    You think you know it all but you will be led up different paths before finally it all becomes clear. Well worth listening to but somewhat different to what we have come to expect from Jodi Picoult. The subject matter is difficult and an horrendous period in time which she deals with very well.



    The ending had to be a difficult one but I felt it to be the best we could expect.



    I loved listening to this book as the narrators really bought it to life, totally first class reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "Moving, but predictable"

    The writing and narration were beautiful. Minka's retelling of her experiences of the Holocaust was heartbreaking and moving. Much of the rest was entirely predictable and cliched.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Greet
    UK
    2/3/14
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    "Good, but..."

    Being a great fan of Jodi Picoult, again, this book is excellent if somewhat terrifying, and like all others I have read by her, extremely well researched.
    However, I found the voice of Leo (Fred Berman) hugely distracting and irritating because of the sharp intake of breath before each sentence. The other narrators were good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Taylor
    8/29/16
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    "Simply The Best Book I have read!"

    From the beginning it hooks you. The characters are fascinating and I honestly felt I was missing them when I had to stop listening to the book inbetween opportunities to listen. I don't want it to end. Harrowing at times, addictive yes, beautiful throughout. Thank you JP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    2/15/16
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    "thought provoking"

    fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gillian
    1/25/16
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    "Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"

    This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Whitmore
    1/18/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
    With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
    Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    12/28/15
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    "Major flaw in the plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, and this is a first with a Picoult book. The premise the book was based on was flawed. At no point did Sage ask "Why can't you kill yourself? Why do I have to bear the guilt/responsibility?" If he wanted to die, due to the guilt of his actions, why would she facilitate his death, enabling him to continue to spread his evil to another person?


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I did learn things about the holocaust and it was well written and flowed well. However I just couldn't accept the key premise of the storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    First Picoult book I've read which made me feel it was written to meet a deadline, not because there was a story waiting to be told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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