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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I'm not sure, as to Picoult. This one, The Tenth Circle, and Lone Wolf, all of which I have read recently, were all disappointing. I did like My Sister's Keeper and Nineteen Minutes very much. As to the narrators, yes indeed. Well done!
I think the Holocaust was bad enough that Picoult simply did not need to add additional gruesome inventions of her own. She seemed to feel that the mass starvation and extermination of 12 million people (including 6 million Jews) just wasn't over the top enough. Nor did her main character have to be the World's Most Awesome Baker, never mind the extremity of her personal story. And layering onto that endless exaggeration about how impossible it is to find and try Nazis, the inability of an ancient man to die without assistance, and the miraculous ability to spin an gripping horror story from memory alone . . . I don't know, my ability to suspend disbelief just collapsed. Please, Ms. Picoult, pick one serious story and tell it . . . seriously and quietly.
The characters sprang to life through the narrators, despite the overwrought plot devices.
Probably, with writers who dropped a lot of the less necessary drama. I'd want to give some greater thought to casting, though I think younger, less well known actors would be a better choice for the younger characters . . . maybe in a TV miniseries format for this lengthy tale.
No because I don't listen more than once
Minka. Remarkable in her ability to survive and make a life after the war.
When Minka was spared a beating when she found her father's suitcase and unraveled his sweater.
The many serious questions raised in this story remain with me. This is my favorite book in the past year.
I love books!
First time author, Jodi PIcoult. "The Storyteller" caught my eye as I liked the plot being about World War II. This story follows the life of a young Polish girl coming of age as the war is starting and follows her through the war and afterwards, looking at it mainly through the eyes of her granddaughter. The story touches on family relationships and has several stories going on at the same time. This is a page turner without being a thriller. It's a great story and I highly recommend it.
Kneel Before Zod!!
Yes, it's an incredible story and worthy of all the high praise it receives and then some.
The subject matter isn't unfamiliar but the way the story plays out is original so it's hard to compare it to anything.
The training and killing done by SS Officers from their perspective.
This would make a very powerful movie or mini-series, and hopefully someone will do that.
If you like Jodi Picoult's stories, this is one that you will enjoy without exception. It will take you to a place you have not been, but after listening to this book you will feel like you have. Very emotional and mind opening. A great read.
I loved this story, and it really got me looking into the true history of the Holocaust. A book to remember! I would definitely listen to this again if I could find the time.
Have not read print version
The story of how a so few germans overpowered so many Jewish families and how they manipulated them.
The young girl in the bakers shop with her father
The moment in the book that overpowered me was the concentration camp itself and how it worked and how ruthless the Gemans were to the Jews
After reading this book I went to Germany on a tour and visited the concentration camps and because I had a background story I could relate it to the sites, very sad but part of history
Life is an onion. So many layers to get to the core. We are but a tiny piece in a puzzle beyond our scope of vision. This tale spans decades of time, telling the stories of folks caught in various prisons. Well worth a listen. Has a really good message of spirit triumph.
I read Picoult's website, carefully examining her reason for why she wrote this story, but I don't get it. If she thinks she has added to the body of knowledge of the Holocaust, she is sadly mistaken.
This story has a novel twist in it, but only one. It brings nothing new to the table regarding the Holocaust survivors. In fact, I just finished reading a few months ago the memoirs of women survivors in A Train in Winter before starting the Storyteller. In so many ways Storyteller repeats the exact same story. Picoult brings no new ways of understanding personal dynamics in the camps, no new ways of understanding survivors or their offspring. I'm to going to accuse her plagiarism, but scene for scene in the march out of the camp to the next camp, I could have been in the other book. Yes, I realize she used a lot of research but she should have read the body of literature out there already to be original.
I read A Train in Winter for book club; Storyteller for my own entertainment because I liked My Sister's Keeper. Picoult's Storyteller is one dimensional. For a nuanced look at suffering in WWII and a book which brings a new perspective to the table, try The Book Thief, or go see the movie.
"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.
"Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de"
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"Wow what a book"
The story is fantastic, Minkas performance is excellent. Love this book as a read but the audio blew me away......
"fantastic book - gripping, a must listen! "
the voices of the characters really draw you in. the story is well written! love
"A mesmerising, gripping story told from the heart"
Even there's a lot of German language used in the book and pronounced well. I congratulate the narrators, they did an amazing job bringing this well-written novel to life.
"Always enjoyable dilemmas"
Picault describes people and their thinking so that you really understand their struggle with dilemmas
"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!
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