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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?

©2013 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Mary H. Crockett Dayton, Ohio 06-09-13
    Mary H. Crockett Dayton, Ohio 06-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous "read" - fabulous storytellers."
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The different voices were fabulous. I really am into Jodi Picoult now...how she took the halocaust story and brought it to life, all while throwing in vampires (ompures) and a little mystery/romance in one tale. Sounds perhaps too complicated, but the 3(or more) concurrent stories that all interconnect are all powerful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Obviously -- the stories. all running concurrently but all powerful and interesting...and moving. Siblings -- guilt -- Judaism. Justice versus forgiveness...Aristophanes...The description of baking and fabulous bakery items. Great discussion of forgiveness -- what can be forgiven? Are some crimes too great to forgive? Great stories.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    the voices were all perfect. And - men reading women's parts, women reading mens, women reading mens, halocoust - romance, love. The accents - the story of the grandma and the horrific experience of being a european jew in the 1940s. The concurrent story of modern-day baker Sage who is grieving and baking and avoiding people after the guilt she has of causing her mothers' death ...


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

    Several places left me in tears... When Minke (spelling) lost her best friend Dario...when "How Does it end?" kept surfacing. The surprise ending was something.


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 06-07-13
    Bill 06-07-13
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    "Very much worth your time"

    I love great stories with history imbedded. The characters are great and the author kept me interested to the very end. The cast was outstanding, especially Mozhan Marno!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Casey SUFFOLK, VA, United States 06-07-13
    Casey SUFFOLK, VA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This book was so sad but intriguing."
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the different aspects of the story from everyone was awesome.


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

    Sage was my favorite character, she was strong and beautiful.


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

    It mad me cry at some spots, and made me laugh at others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Millie WHEATFIELD, IN, United States 06-07-13
    Millie WHEATFIELD, IN, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2011

    Midwest Mom Addicted to Audible!

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    "Spectacular!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great story with wonderful narration!


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

    Minka telling her story


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes even with a great book and a good narrator, I feel like I would have enjoyed the book better had I read it myself. Never once did I feel like that with this one. All the characters became so real with this one. Great job!!!


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    The story was spectacular, and the narration every bit as good as the story! Would highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justine San Diego, CA, United States 06-07-13
    Justine San Diego, CA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye Opener"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend because I really looked forward to listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sage. I could relate to her.


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

    No


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

    Very extreme. I cried and hurt for the Jews who suffered the affliction of the Germans in the Holocaust.


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Wallace Midlothian, TX USA 06-05-13
    Denise Wallace Midlothian, TX USA 06-05-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Boring"

    I got this book because I usually love Jodi Picoult books. This one I found to go on too long and I found the story to be very boring. I tried to force myself to try to finish it because of the price but I just couldn't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Canby, OR, United States 06-04-13
    Laura Canby, OR, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"
    Any additional comments?

    Bravo... What an amazing book. Probably one of the best I have ever listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer ANKENY, IA, United States 06-04-13
    Jennifer ANKENY, IA, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "loved it"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I already started to listen to it again because I wanted to catch the details I may have missed the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like them all really.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I thought each narrator really fit their character well and made them come alive.


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

    It was interesting to hear many of the historic details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Skip Baton Rouge, LA USA 06-02-13
    Mr. Skip Baton Rouge, LA USA 06-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "History Lesson"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I would not listen again. Not that it is not a good listen, I already know the ending, which is very good.


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

    The likelyhood of this really happening.


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

    No


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

    That would give away a big part of the mystery of the story. I could not wait to hear another chapter (
    Jjust like in the book, know that I think about it!).


    Any additional comments?

    Juat get through the first few paragraphs and you will be hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandi Denmark, Australia 06-02-13
    Sandi Denmark, Australia 06-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "what a great listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    can't answer this because I haven't read it - only listened to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept me enraptured for the full time. I kept waiting until I could listen to the next part.


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

    It was narrated beautifully. What a pleasure to listen to different voices for the different characters instead of just one narrator moderating his/her voice.


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

    No - it is meant to be listened to slowly so that you can enjoy it more.


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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.

    4 of 4 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
  • Sally
    London
    5/17/15
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    "Great read"

    Riveting story of people involved in different ways around the holocaust. I could not put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    3/23/15
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    "don't judge a book by its cover"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the different narrators, because this enabled you to understand where the book changed pace, direction and enabled me to keep up with what was going on.


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

    this is the first book with any of these narators


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

    very connected to the book, I cried, sobbed, got angry, yelled, and swooned.
    The way it was written was very clever, despite the subject matter, I didn't feel sick at any of the gruesomes elements.


    Any additional comments?

    I was going to return this book originally as I thought it was a girly beach book. I am so glad I didn't. The write up for the book was completely misleading, I thought it was going to be shallow and pointless, I was stagger by content of the book, it was full to bursting point.
    This now ranks as one of the best books I have ever had the joy to read. the holocaust part was emotional, raw and I hope factual. totally captivating in every way and I felt lost once I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Cater
    3/10/15
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    "Great book"

    fabulous book as all of jodi picoult novels are.
    great story, moving and addictive.
    historically factual with rich characters, the story had me from the first chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/15
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    "Holocaust, morals and ethics"

    This is my second Jodi Piccoult book. I am drawn into them by the way she looks at all the characters and plays devils advocate when you do not expect it.
    Great narration for Minka and her story, I liked the character Sage as she was not flawless and very believable. For such a harrowing book, I did laugh out loud at the mess up of the funeral song, you will understand when you listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • julie
    1/11/15
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    "Absolutely fabulous"

    This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I've immediately downloaded another. The story was gripping, I didn't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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