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 normally like Jodi Picoult, and was excited to have another of her books to listen to, but this one was disappointing. It started out fairly interesting, and as always, Picoult has well developed characters. But as connections begin to be made, it just becomes too convenient and tiresome.
This is an important subject, so you can tell Picoult took a lot of care in it, but I also don't think it was edited well - drags quite a bit for no great reason other than to continue to make you understand how horrible the war was for the Jewish people. I don't mean to sound callous by saying that, it is just that the point is very well made over, and over, and over.
I like hearing the voices - brings it to life a bit more.
Overall, worth a listen, but really could have been abridged.
Would not recommend this over other Picoult books.
I really like some of Picoult's books. But this one was not very good. It's not what i would expect from her. Dont know what i can say that wont give anything away in the book, other then, The audible description of this book doesn't mention the holocaust. and it a big part of this book. And the ending is pretty awful.
I have not read the print version, but I truly believe the audio edition is probably more powerful, more gut-wrenching and believable. The characters speaking with German accents really drove it home for me. Picoult always uses different "voices" for her charcaters in print books by utilizing different fonts. Her books are so much more rich when brought to life by different character voices.
Minka. With all that Minka lived through, saw and experienced... she was still a class act. She never lived her life defined as a "survivor", she was simply a wife, a mother and a greandmother.
I loved the German accents used while telling Minka and Josef's stories.
Nazi Germany meets modern day storytelling...
Anyone who has wondered whether the holocaust really happened... READ THIS BOOK! I learned so much about WWII, about the history of the holocaust and what the Jewish people were subjected to in Nazi Germany. It's so powerful and you wonder if Minka's story would ever end, heartbroken yet hopeful at every turn. Not your typical Picoult book since it's lacking a strong court/legal aspect but insanely poingant and wonderful.
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The narrators were so careful to remain true to the tone and meaning of the text. And the story itself was intricately-crafted: not far short of a masterpiece.
The plot was only somewhat suspenseful, but was masterfully crafted to keep the reader listening and intrigued. Story-within-a-story was woven well into the theme and content of the overarching storyline.
I think this question means "what DO the narrators". ;-)
The variety of voices, accents, everything - I'd imagine it was like sitting through an excellent radio drama, performed by skilled actors (something I've pretty much never done, having grown up in the 80s).
Not necessarily extreme - but the ending of the story was well-handled, delivering both the unexpected AND an appropriate, meaningful resolution to any remaining "loose ends."
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I can honestly say that I wish this story did not end...
After I was done reading/listening to this book I looked for additional books about the concentration camps as Jodi Picoult did a fantastic job with her tale and story writing about these camps. I felt like i was actually there. Overall, I give it a solid 5 stars and would recommend it to everyone
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I am a big Picoult fan though I have to admit at times she is hit or miss with me. I think this one sorta fell into the middle.
The story was interesting and quite hard to hear a lot of times. I read tons of true crime and bloody books but even for me the descriptions in this book were very graphic. I think it affected me so deeply because it happened, written in a fiction book but still true, horrid, unbelievable facts that happened to human beings. Impossible to wrap your mind around.
I have to say I did not care too much for Sage or Minka. I know I am in the minority but Sage was a bit too pompous for me and Minka, while I agree that what she endured and lived though was terrible, to me, she seemed a bit too full of herself, the hero, the story writer who could save herself with her stories. I did enjoy the friendship between her and Daria, in that relationship she was much more likeable.
My favorite character was Leo. He was the most honest one in the book. I wish he had a tad more sympathy but it is understandable why he did not. I would have liked more information on how his relationship with Sage wound up.
The ending while predictable was also a wee bit confusing for me as to the why of the whole thing. I guess it sounds like I didn't enjoy the book but I did. The narration was good and the plot definitely holds your attention. It is worth reading.
This story was a lot better than I even expected. I have read a lot of books about the Holocaust, and even though it was similar to a lot of stories in that genre...it really added some freshness to the subject through adding in the current day characters, and the storytelling aspect. I found many times where I couldn't stop listening...and it actually became one of those books where I almost bought the Kindle version as well...so I could link them and keep going.
My husband is set to enjoy it next and I will be interested in his viewpoint. Enjoy!
I have never been much of a Jodi Picoult fan but thought I would give this book a go because of the many positive reviews. I am so pleased that I did! It is easily the most moving audiobook that I have listened to.
Three stories in one, the book was not what I expected and truth be told, I probably would not have purchased it if I had paid more attention to the subject matter. Fortunately, I did purchase it and was hooked from the very beginning.
Not light listening but certainly a captivating story wriiten by a masterful storyteller.
Bravo Ms Picoult.
What a listen! Jodi Picoult writes a wonderful story with a blend of love, family, mystery, heartbreak and history. The 5 narrators were perfect for each character. This is the first book that I've listened to from Picoult but it won't be the last!
"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.
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.
"Great story pity about the ending"
I enjoyed this story up until the last chapter. Felt the strong story line could have done with a more dramatic ending.
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