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The Storyteller Audiobook

The Storyteller

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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?

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    Candi West Union, SC, United States 08-15-13
    Candi West Union, SC, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing, wakes you up to a world forgotten!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Life is full of history. Both tragic and beautiful. We need to understand the past to truly understand and appreciate our future.


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

    Yes. I wanted to know what came next. I felt I was the granddaughter hearing the story of my family and I had to know more.


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

    The passion of each character. A kind of realization.


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

    There were parts I laughed out loud and said that is so me, other times I cried and was very angry!


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    MissSusie66 08-13-13
    MissSusie66 08-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story and well crafted historical fiction"

    The male narration was beautifully done Edoardo Ballerini as Josef was fantastic and completely believable and Fred Berman as Leo reminded me a bit of Scott Brick ( I am a fan so that is a compliment), however the voices of Jennifer Ikeda as Anya and Mozhan Marno as Sage sounded very similar at first until Suzanne Toren as Minka started telling her story then I could finally hear a clear definition of Anya’s story. I am glad they said who was narrating which part at the beginning because I would have guessed Minka was Jennifer & Anya was Suzanne. All in all I would highly recommend this on audio.

    The different views/stories were very interesting and very well done it was really interesting to hear Minka & Josef’s different views of the holocaust , Minka’s story broke my heart as well it should but she had a couple decent people help her out even though they were employed by the Nazi’s they still saved her life a couple times. Also Anya’s story about the Wampir (sp.audio) was almost eerie considering what Minka lived after she started writing this story.

    I liked the character of Sage, scarred inside and out from a car accident, she keeps to herself works nights so she doesn’t have to see other people or more so no one sees her. Her boyfriend is a married man and I think she likes this safe no commitments relationship because she never has to go out in public together. She attends a grief counseling group where she meets an old man named Josef they strike up a friendship until Josef comes clean with her and tells her of his horrendous past and asks her to do the unthinkable and so begins the moral dilemma that is the premise of this book.

    I would highly recommend this book to all as a great story and well crafted historical fiction.

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    Jill HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 07-29-13
    Jill HOUSTON, TEXAS, United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book stole my heart :)"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's by far the best book I have listened to ever! It melted my heart, I enjoyed every minute of it. I even had dreams about it and I couldn't wait to listen to it every morning on my way to work.


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

    It's a historical mystery and I loved it. I really can't compare it to anything because it's different than other books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Listening to the grandmother tell her story was so neat. I think at one point I cried.


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

    Bread is food for the heart


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. Best book ever! Would recommend students read it in high school it's so good. I just thought it was so well written. The beginning is really slow but once it picks up it is amazing. Will change your life.

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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 07-28-13
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    Any additional comments?

    I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books, and for the most part have found them enjoyable to either read or listen to. Because of that I was eager to hear The Storyteller. However I did find this book a disappointment. I was at the point of giving up on the story, or stories, when the book finally held my interest.
    This story is comprised of three stories, one poor, one so so and finally (at least for me) one good story. Perhaps these stories would be less confusing at the beginning if I had the actual book to refer back to. Quite frankly the storyline involving the vampire was totally unnecessary to the overall story. The book would have been better if there had been just Sage's story and Minka's memories of the Holocaust.
    The narrators were fine. There were times that Minka's German accent was a bit off, but overall all the narrators were easy on the ear.
    My hope is that Jodi Picoult's next book is better than The Storyteller.

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    hinbar 07-23-13
    hinbar 07-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!!"

    Not your typical holocaust story, though some passages in it are as horrific as holocaust recounts can be. This book is partly about The Holocaust, but mainly about the way "little" holocausts are interwoven into the matrix of our contemporary lives, our family relationships, our friendships and love affairs, our myths and fairytales. Where every one of us is at the same time a victim, a survivor and a Natzi perpetrator.

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    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 07-23-13
    Patricia Atlanta, GA, United States 07-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Jodi Picoult does it again."

    I have read and listened to many books about the Holocaust...this one includes so many different facets...the granddaughter of a woman who survived the camps, the holocaust survivor herself, and one of the camp officials and his background. Listened to this obsessively to see how it ended; also, it gave some insight on how Germans were recruited to participate in "the final solution." Chilling, gripping.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-22-13
    Kerri K. Linehan Denver, Colorado 07-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This book will stay with me forever."

    I've loved every book I've read from Jodi Picoult and I think this one is one of her best. I'm actually not ready to listen to another book yet for fear of disappointment because I'll be comparing it to this one.

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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow start, but a good listen overall"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was an interesting account of the Holocaust and I liked how it was told from multiple points of view.


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

    Admittedly, it was slow at first - I wasn't sure I was going to keep listening. However, once the point of view changed a few times to reveal other characters' perspectives, I became more interested. Everything from Josef and Minka's points of view was particularly compelling.


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

    I like that there is a different narrator for each point of view in the novel. It made for a more robust experience.


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

    Not at first, but when I got about halfway through, it was tough to stop.


    Any additional comments?

    The Holocaust certainly doesn't make for lightweight reading material, but this story is a worthwhile experience.

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    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 07-17-13
    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Long"
    What would have made The Storyteller better?

    Way too long, with way too many details. I got lost in all the details.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    sadnes


    Any additional comments?

    Not a fun book to read and we know so much about the Holocaust, there was too many details givene

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    Amber M. Henderson Wardensville, WV United States 07-17-13
    Amber M. Henderson Wardensville, WV United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2014

    All I need is a good book and a blanket and I'm good :D

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    "Predictable Picoult"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending


    Did The Storyteller inspire you to do anything?

    Research more about the Holocaust and Auschwitz. I love fiction with historical tie ins.


    Any additional comments?

    Great historical background and tie in but the flashing to the contemporary story ruins it. Overall an interesting read but the ending is typical Jodi Picoult for those familiar with her style.

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