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The Storyteller Audiobook

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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    Jessica 08-19-13
    Jessica 08-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Story!"

    I cannot say enough about this book. It is several stories within a story. Each narrator plays their part perfectly, especially Toran as Minka. This book begins in present day with Sage. As we begin to learn her story, she meets an old man with a disturbing secret. As his tale is revealed, Sage seeks guidance from her Grandmother Minka. At this point, Minka takes over, and we hear her amazing story of living as a Jew in Nazi occupied Poland. Minka is able to survive because of her talent as a writer. Throughout the entire book we hear bits and pieces of Minka's own unpublished novel. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Honestly, Minka's story alone makes this one worth the listen.

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    Dawn 08-17-13
    Dawn 08-17-13
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    "Trite and unoriginal"

    Couldn't finish it. Couldn't sympathize with the protagonist and her incessant psychological self-flagellation. Her internal struggle about killing the Nazi? What nonsense! And the silly vampire story woven in? What was up with that? Go watch "The Apt Pupil" if you want to see a powerful tale of hidden Nazi war criminals. Pulp.

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    Amy Normal, IL, United States 08-16-13
    Amy Normal, IL, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Breaking out of the Mold!"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring! Relevant! Thoughtful!


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

    In many ways, this reminds me of Sarah's Key. I suppose some of it is that they both deal with WWII, but I think both challenge the reader to think more deeply about human nature and the depths we can sink to but also to see the hope of change.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They all did an excellent job in narrating the story. I appreciated the use of multiple narrators to reflect different characters. They performed with great emotion.


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

    Parts made me want to cry. I do not know how one can bear witness (granted this is fiction but it is based on facts) to the horrors of WWII and not feel remorse or horror or sadness. It also made me think about how I define myself. Sage defines herself in one way and fails to see all of the other facets of herself. We get to see her understand herself and her grandmother and the world.


    Any additional comments?

    It as seemed for awhile that the author has had a mold: family, hospital, law suit. In this book the author breaks away from that in a new and fresh way.

    Definitely a book worth a second, third, or fourth listen!

    The book also awakened me to the fact that there are Nazis (discovered or hidden) still in the United States. It made me do a little research. Sure, their country of origins do not want them back, but should they really be allowed to continue to collect Social Security and such? If their crimes had been known, they would not have been allowed in. They have in effect acted fraudulently and defrauded the US government and her citizens. Doing nothing seems like a crime for us as well.

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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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    Susan Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-13
    Susan Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"

    As always, Jodi Picoult has captivated me by her writing. She is always a good read!

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    nevina CT, United States 08-15-13
    nevina CT, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2006

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    "One of her best."
    Any additional comments?

    The Storyteller is not as polarizing as some of Jodi Picoults previous books. i think we can all agree that nazi war criminals are a pretty black and white subject. Even though this book is one of the most depressing books ive read/listened to in a long time, (holocaust stories never get easier to hear). It does explore the theme of forgiveness in an interesting and thoughtful way. This might be the Jodi Picoult book I have enjoyed the most.
    Excellent narration by a multi voiced cast. Not a weak link among them.

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    Markey Browns Mills, NJ, United States 08-09-13
    Markey Browns Mills, NJ, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2003
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    This book is not good. If I knew there were some weird vampire characters I would have skipped it.

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    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13
    Lisa Pottstown, PA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not your typical Jodi Picoult Book....Better"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved the history, the characters and the overall story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships and the amount of strength the characters portrayed while expereincing horrific life situations.


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

    I truly liked each caharter and though that the performaces were perfect and well done!


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

    I can never do it but I did have trouble stopping when I needed to, so yes.


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    Donna United States 08-04-13
    Donna United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I wanted more"

    I generally don't like reading about the holocaust because it's too depressing but I read it on the recommendation of my daughter. If you like stories about the holocaust, you will not be disappointed.

    With that being said, I was totally captivated and couldn't turn the book off. I finished it in two days. In typical Picoult style she brings the story to life through the different perspectives of each character.

    I wish there was more on Joseph and his brother since their roles are the least understood by me. How can a human being (or worse, thousands of human beings) do these things to other human beings? And although they came from the same family with the same values, they were two very different men.

    What's with the weird monster story a la carte? It was distracting. The story could have worked just as well without it. I could see there needed to be some storytelling, but this was just rambling, unless I just didn't understand it.

    Although the book detailed the horrors of the holocaust, it seems the book was really about Joseph and Minka and their personal journeys.

    The ending did surprise me. I can't say more about why without giving it away. This would be a great book for a book club. So much to think about.

    I highly recommend this book.





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    Christine LA JOLLA, CA, United States 08-01-13
    Christine LA JOLLA, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful writing, but not my type of story"

    There's no question that Jodi Picoult is a beautiful writer. She is a true master of the English language, and from that perspective I enjoyed this book. However, I found the descriptions a little too intense and graphic. I understand that given the subject matter (the Holocaust) this was bound to be the case, but the horror was just a little too much for me. It was just too depressing and upsetting for me. By the middle of the book I almost couldn't continue because I was so upset, but I knew that I had to continue because it would get less depressing eventually so I wouldn't be left in such an awful mental state. I also didn't find the story as compelling as I expected to. The characters were interesting, but I found things moved a little slow at times.

    I've read one other Jody Picoult novel and I had a similar reaction to that one (I can't remember which it was), so I suspect I just don't care for her stories, despite her beautiful writing. I can see why others would very much enjoy this book. But if you are sensitive to horror and strong negative emotions and situations, this is probably not the book for you.

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