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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?

©2013 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-09-13
    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "a must read"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I have read numerous books on the holocaust but this was the first one that I read that told some of the story from the view of the "other" side, as such. It was interesting but hard to listen to at times because of the brutality. Even though I have heard it many times it is still hard to hear again. I didn't really care much for the story within the story but it made more since at the end. It is certainly worth the read and although it was over 18hrs long I wanted to know even more about Minka life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Minka was well developed and interesting, it was hard not to like her. She was the Mensch that her Mother always told her to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say that when she got the job inside I was so happy for her because I knew that life would be a little easier for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of suspected that the ending, without giving it away, was going to happen. I guess I was more upset that she said what she did to him than what she actually ended up doing. I enjoyed the book enough that I will probably listen to it again someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Andrus Salt Lake City, UT, US 04-08-13
    Amy Andrus Salt Lake City, UT, US 04-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I really LOVED this book!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to A LOT of books, and this is one of my very favorites


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

    I loved the plot. This is three stories woven into one. It is captivating, and each character is fascinating in their own psychology in the tale. It is a story of many people suffering emotionally in different ways based on events in their past. Each person has their own coping mechanism, but learns to overcome by what they learn from one another. There is love, romance, hardship, pain, and hope.


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

    Although this is a story that most of us have heard before in various formats, having a voice to the survivor telling the story made it very real. It was also fascinating to be inside of the mind of the perpetrator(s) to this crime against humanity. It is so difficult to understand how someone could justify their actions in this type of circumstance. Picoult opens a window to help the listener understand that dyanmic through the voice of the narrator. It is difficult to hate the person altogether after you feel like you know and understand him better. The internal conflict felt by he main character concerning her relationship with the elderly man is completely understandable.


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    Ann Quinn 04-08-13
    Ann Quinn 04-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "10 stars warranted"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Storyteller is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Jodi Picoult at her brilliant best.
    The book tells a story of the Holocaust, which in my mind must NEVER be forgotten , but with great sensitivity. Alongside the characters I love, laugh and weep. Thank you Jodi.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 04-07-13
    Connie 04-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to listen to, hard to turn off!"

    I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books and, like many others here, thoroughly enjoyed them with the exception of The Lone Wolf. I am truly a fan and watch for each new book to arrive. The atrocities in this story make it so difficult to listen to at times but it is such a compelling story and so well written that I couldn't stop listening.
    The narration is first rate and adds much to the book. I have to say that my favorite character in this book is Leo - I just loved him! I would like to have a sequel to this book from his life and point of view.
    The underlying theme of the nature and act of forgiveness is presented in such a thought provoking way toward the end of the book that makes you introspective. What would you do? I think you have to ask yourself what Minka would have done had she known all of the facts. She was a character with such strength and endurance but also realism and understanding.
    Great job, Jodi, in creating characters that will stay with the reader and add such personal perspective to history. There are a couple of other observations I'd like to mention, but no one likes a spoiler.
    Well worth the time and a credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ibrahim Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-06-13
    Ibrahim Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-06-13 Member Since 2013

    Listens to whatever keeps me thrilled, and then surprise the living life out of me :)

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    "in short ... A great book."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-Opener .. Thrilling .. Emotional


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the storyteller herself .. as an old women ,, you can't but cry with her words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time she told her story ..


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

    cry .. knowing that after all those years he found her.
    another moment is where he confesses to letting his brother die in front of him.


    Any additional comments?

    gotta listen to this book to enjoy .. don't just read it .. An Amazing performance !

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    Susan 04-06-13
    Susan 04-06-13

    I have been hooked on audio books since 1990!

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    "Not at all what I expected"

    After all the stellar reviews, I really expected to love this book, but I stopped listening after the first 45 minutes. It just didn't engage me at all, nor was it what I expected. I just couldn't get excited by the characters, although the readers were quite good. The whole concept of a former SS officer wanting to repent at an advanced age didn't work for me.
























































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    PAMELA LANGHORNE, PA, United States 04-06-13
    PAMELA LANGHORNE, PA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I found the story so intriguing. Jodi Picoult's books always give different points of view. Her books bring out so many emotions. Hearing the story from the point of view of a holocaust victim was difficult at times. Her stories always have great twists and any fan of her's will not be disappointed.


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

    Any of Jodi Picoult's books. I also can compare it to "Sarah's Key", which is another wonderful story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was really moved by Sage's Grandmother's story. There were so many emotions. I even laughed when she helped her sick friend, Daria, by pulling out her tooth and made an ironic joke.


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

    I think there was a lot of wisdom with the whole "forgiveness theme".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Perth, Australia 04-05-13
    Janice Perth, Australia 04-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous Book"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved everything, a great story, terrific narration


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

    The interweaving of different stories


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The fact that the characters were clearly recognisable by the different narrators


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

    I was very moved by the eternal themes of the darkness within all of us and the possibility of redemption


    Any additional comments?

    Can't recommend it highly enough, I was left bereft that it had finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Salem, OR, United States 04-04-13
    Amy Salem, OR, United States 04-04-13
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    "Excellent book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Different narrators read for various characters. I believe it added even more depth to the story plot. The plot itself is fantastic!


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

    I found myself listening to this book every possible second from beginning to end. I wanted so badly to know what would happen next. I experienced a wide variety of emotion during this book. Jodi Picoult did not disappoint.


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    Leanne 04-04-13
    Leanne 04-04-13
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    "WOW - this is a fantastic book!!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I am listening to it for the second time now. I wanted to hear all the details again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the stories of the survivors of the Holocaust - their courage, and pride and perserverence.


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

    I enjoyed the woman who was Minka - she had a beautiful accent.


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

    The best moment in the book for me was when Minka escaped.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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