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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?

©2013 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    S.L. Southern U.S. 03-22-13
    S.L. Southern U.S. 03-22-13 Member Since 2013

    S.L.

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    "Tried a Little Too Hard"
    What did you like best about The Storyteller? What did you like least?

    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.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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

    I like hearing the voices - brings it to life a bit more.


    Was The Storyteller worth the listening time?

    Overall, worth a listen, but really could have been abridged.


    Any additional comments?

    Would not recommend this over other Picoult books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Somonauk, Illinois, United States 03-21-13
    Tom Somonauk, Illinois, United States 03-21-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great narrators..but bad story"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janna Westminster, CO, United States 03-21-13
    Janna Westminster, CO, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful & Heartbreaking"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved the German accents used while telling Minka and Josef's stories.


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

    Nazi Germany meets modern day storytelling...


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, author of the Seven Day Manuscript Machine and Writing the Bible for Kids Israel 03-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Blown away, by the story and the audiobook"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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).


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

    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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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 03-18-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    "What a great story and performance!"

    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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    Kindle Customer 03-18-13 Listener Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good but not great"

    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.

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    ajaylynn Covington, WA United States 03-17-13
    ajaylynn Covington, WA United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great story well told"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BookLady St. Cloud USA 03-16-13
    BookLady St. Cloud USA 03-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A moving audiobook, from a talented writer."

    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.



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    Jodi United States 03-15-13
    Jodi United States 03-15-13
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    "Love!! Slow in the middle but great ending"

    I loved this book! I am a huge fan of Jodi and this book had different narrators that made it even a better listen!!!

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    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 03-13-13
    Anita RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful story!"

    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!

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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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
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    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
  • Natasha
    2/15/16
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    "thought provoking"

    fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gillian
    1/25/16
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    "Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"

    This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Whitmore
    1/18/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
    With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
    Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    12/28/15
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    "Major flaw in the plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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?


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. Chamberlain
    12/16/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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