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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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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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    Jennifer 04-19-13
    Jennifer 04-19-13
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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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    angela 04-18-13
    angela 04-18-13
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    "i wish i had known..."
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    I enjoyed the writing and the characters, but not the topic. Had I known this had so much graphic description of the holocaust, I would never have ordered.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not. Sure


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

    Of course the accents


    Do you think The Storyteller needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Personally, no. As I said before, I really didn't like subject.


    Any additional comments?

    I think somewhere in the review it should be mentioned that approximately a third of the book is devoted to the brutality of the holocaust. Had I been reading the book it would have been easier to just skip those parts. Unfortunately, I will not recommend this book to anyone.

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    Niki MANCHESTER, NH, United States 04-16-13
    Niki MANCHESTER, NH, United States 04-16-13
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    This was a well told story from multiple point of views. Jodi Picoult weaves fact with fiction with well developed characters. I could not stop listening to this book!


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    Crad 04-16-13
    Crad 04-16-13
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    "Great book!"

    Excellent story, and the narration is superb. Great charachter development, and the narrators bring each person to life. Highly recommend.

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    Liz East Mackay, Australia 04-14-13
    Liz East Mackay, Australia 04-14-13
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    "Great listen"

    This book was perfect to listen to the narrators were all faultless. The story was sad, happy, devastating and kept me up for hours. this will not be a wast of a credit.. This was my first Jodie picoult and won't be my last..

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    Lois Oregon 04-13-13
    Lois Oregon 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked so much, I listened twice."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Great, thought provoking!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka, could not imagine going through all that she had.


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

    Everything, I do not read books. The German accents and pronunciations would not have been the same.


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

    A movie you won't forget!


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked the book better the second time I listened to it.

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    Dawn 04-13-13
    Dawn 04-13-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Ties characters today w/ WWII. Kept my attention!"

    The characters and plot were very interesting. I recommend this book. How does one scarred person feel in public? Is it common for a concentration camp survivor to remember so many details? Is punishment ever too late? Never thought that in my overly busy schedule I would be considering these.

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    Zheng Singapore, Singapore 04-13-13
    Zheng Singapore, Singapore 04-13-13
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    "Food For Thought"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The Issue is very sensitive. Many readers will be provoked in taking sides. I live in Singapore and Japan invaded us. My grandmother still remembers it. I like Japan not since I have not been through the War. Hmmm... This story is very... brave.


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

    Any book that provokes your thinking and challenge your courage.


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

    Hard to comment.


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

    Ya. Why not, if I have the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work, Jodi.

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