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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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    Latosha APEX, NC, United States 05-01-13
    Latosha APEX, NC, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great experience"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book way exceeded my expectations. It was well written and the characters were very interesting. The story was complicated - in a good way. The plot and ending was not predictable and the narration was great!


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    Becky 05-01-13
    Becky 05-01-13
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    "Couldn't wait to get back to it each day"

    I love a good Nazi-hunting story, and while that was just a portion of this narrative, it offered up a moving tale of Holocaust survival and all the pain and horror that implies. The story was interesting, the performances were outstanding, and it was well worth the time I spent listening to it. I found myself looking forward to opportunities in the car when I could slip back into the lives of Minke and Sage.

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    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 04-30-13
    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Haunting"

    I could not put this down. This story continues to be on my mind even though I finished it weeks ago.

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    Janet Wilson 04-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "DISAPPOINTING"

    I will no longer automatically choose a book from Jodi Picoult. The characters were uninteresting and predictable. I found the whole book tiresome and the narrator's attempt to duplicate a Jewish accent fell far short of the mark. Boring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine 04-26-13
    Katherine 04-26-13

    I have loved being read to as long as I can remember. With limited time in my life for reading, listening to novel on audio is like a dream come true. Love it!

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    "Another Picoult Excellence"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version but loved the narrator.


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

    Yes, it was hard to press pause, didn't want to give up the experience.


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

    Yes, definately.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bette Brooksville, FL, United States 04-26-13
    Bette Brooksville, FL, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Jodi's dissapointing"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, a chore


    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

    It did not hold my interest, I read three others going back to try to finish and finally gave up. It was depressing to me. Trying to pick up the story line was impossible.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was as good, just a dull , boring story


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the author, she is better than this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 04-26-13
    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Have always loved her books but this one was disappointing. Too much skipping around which caused me too lose interest multiple times. Finally gave up and tried to return but system seemed to want to force me to call and explain my reasons.


    Has The Storyteller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Marrator seemed as disinterested in the book as I was.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Big Bear City, CA, United States 04-25-13
    Stacy Big Bear City, CA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Live life like a kid in a candy store!

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    "Not What I Expected but, Great!"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I loved the movement between the past and present. I had no idea there would be so much about the Holocaust (pretty intense) but once I settled into it, it was amazing.


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

    I like multiple narrators so on that level this really worked for me. The writer of the story's voice changes to a character in the book when passages are read.


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

    All things sage were interesting. Also the love of the Daily Bread owner


    Any additional comments?

    I think this really illustrates what emotional baggage we put on ourselves. Sometimes we need to sit back and examine if we really own it or not. Deep cleansing breath.... =)

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    Hyun 04-25-13
    Hyun 04-25-13
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    "Terrific story that is ingeniously weaved together"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Worth every second!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka - she was terrific in every way and a real hero.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I really like the narration, especially Suzanne Toren's. She really does a beautiful job.


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

    Part of the story that Minka told of her time in the camps and the parallel stroy she wrote of the vampire. Both were extremely moving and made you really think about who and what kind of person you are and what the influential factors were.


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    HDJ 04-25-13
    HDJ 04-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I miss the old Jodi Picoult!"

    Jodi Picoult fans will be familiar with her usual formula of court-room drama and moral dilemmas. Her endings are never quite spelled out and the ultimate decision about what happens is left for the reader to decide. While still dealing with moral issues, the court-room drama is missing this time. The Storyteller is an historical novel that uses the Holocaust to explore guilt, responsibility and family. Like all Picoult's novels, The Storyteller is exceptionally well researched and the narration is outstanding. However,I did not find the story at all compelling. Vampires? Really? It just did not work for me and yes I did get the analogy Picoult tried to make but it was so unnecessary. All the characters, except the grandmother, felt shallow and contrived. I simply couldn't engage with a disfigured reclusive (not to mention self centered) baker, a 90 year old Nazi who is suddenly overtaken with remorse and a barista who speaks only in haiku (I got distracted counting syllables). Meanwhile, Jesus appears in a loaf of bread, a vampire wrecks havoc in a small village and three sisters are called Sage, Pepper and Saffron. Honestly, it could have been a comedy if it weren't for the grandmother's story. When I was listening to the chapters about Minka growing up in Poland and her time in the concentration camps, I was totally engrossed. It was disturbing and devastating and so unlike the rest of the book. I wanted much more of Minka and much less of everything else.

    I used to be Jodi Picoult fan. I have read almost all of her novels but with each new book recently, she tries the same old formula and fails miserably. I miss the days when Picoult wrote novels that I could get lost in and that didn't bore me to death or make me roll my eyes in disbelief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sarah
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    London, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • loulabellauk
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Greet
    UK
    2/3/14
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    "Good, but..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    London
    5/17/15
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    "Great read"

    Riveting story of people involved in different ways around the holocaust. I could not put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    3/23/15
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    "don't judge a book by its cover"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the different narrators, because this enabled you to understand where the book changed pace, direction and enabled me to keep up with what was going on.


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

    this is the first book with any of these narators


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

    very connected to the book, I cried, sobbed, got angry, yelled, and swooned.
    The way it was written was very clever, despite the subject matter, I didn't feel sick at any of the gruesomes elements.


    Any additional comments?

    I was going to return this book originally as I thought it was a girly beach book. I am so glad I didn't. The write up for the book was completely misleading, I thought it was going to be shallow and pointless, I was stagger by content of the book, it was full to bursting point.
    This now ranks as one of the best books I have ever had the joy to read. the holocaust part was emotional, raw and I hope factual. totally captivating in every way and I felt lost once I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Cater
    3/10/15
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    "Great book"

    fabulous book as all of jodi picoult novels are.
    great story, moving and addictive.
    historically factual with rich characters, the story had me from the first chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/15
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    "Holocaust, morals and ethics"

    This is my second Jodi Piccoult book. I am drawn into them by the way she looks at all the characters and plays devils advocate when you do not expect it.
    Great narration for Minka and her story, I liked the character Sage as she was not flawless and very believable. For such a harrowing book, I did laugh out loud at the mess up of the funeral song, you will understand when you listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • julie
    1/11/15
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    "Absolutely fabulous"

    This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I've immediately downloaded another. The story was gripping, I didn't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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