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 love audiobooks, ebooks, and physical books. I like a variety of genres, but really got started on Dean Koontz. Since then I'll read (listen) to just about anything except child abuse themes.
I will definitely read (listen) to this story again, and again, and again. I will tell my kids, my kids kids and all my family & friends to read this book. If I were an educator, it would be required reading (even though it's fiction). All my life I've heard about "The Holocaust" but I never really got it until this book. The horror is unimaginable but the story is wonderful. Listening to the book with all the accents makes the story come alive. It's almost like listening to a movie where the film is running in your mind. No other story has made such an impact on me as this one. And the fact that the story is happening in present day United States makes it feel more like a story but has the impact of a history lesson.
The most memorable moment was when one of the Nazis had so much compassion for the victims he actually brought them into his company to protect them from sure death, even when he didn't need all of the ones he already had.
It was such a horrific description of the holocaust told from the viewpoint of a Jewish participant. Heart rendering and brutally descriptive view into the lives of those who were persecuted. It brought the horror to life and gave me a whole new perspective of WWII, the German occupation, and the Allied Liberation.
Minka, she was so brave, strong, self-reliant, giving and she persevered.
It broke my heart. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to listen to it, it gives great meaning to the term "Lest We Forget".
The Storyteller brought me back to what I loved about Jodi Picoult...depth of character, careful attention to both sides of the social debate, and in the end, a book that stays in your head and in your heart. This is reminiscent of Mercy, Picture Perfect, and Keeping Faith. It is profound and well written, and offers a view into the horror that was WW2 Germany.
There is nothing better than a good book!
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!!!!
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.
No, this was my first audio book by this narrator, but I thought it was excellent!
Great performances. Easy to determine which character is which by the dramatization
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.
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.
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.
The accents - the pauses - inflections, it's so different being able to hear a story read to you opposed to reading it yourself.
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.
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.
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.
Of course the accents
Personally, no. As I said before, I really didn't like subject.
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.
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!
"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.
"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!
fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.
"Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"
This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.
Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
"Major flaw in the plot"
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?
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.
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.
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