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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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    Janet 04-02-13
    Janet 04-02-13

    I'm happily married 28 years with 4 children and 1 grandson. I have been so blessed with Audible. Who needs a TV <grinning>

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    "Very deep and thought provoking."
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This entire series ranks among my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were well developed with Sage being my favorite.


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

    Good job well done. It was all taking place in my head. They made it easy to visualize. My heart aches. I cried and laughed out loud. This book gives a lot to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    I would put my head set on click play and be busy in the garden or other chores. I was so tuned into the book that I wasn't aware of just how much I was accomplishing. Thank you Jodi!

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    anewlife Texas 03-28-13
    anewlife Texas 03-28-13 Member Since 2011

    Princess Meggy

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    "One of Picoult's Best Books Yet"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes, and I plan on it. There is so much depth to her writing in this book. Normally the way she expounds on a description of a word or feeling comes across as a little cheesy in her other books, but in this book they were perfect and added so much to this poignant and heartbreaking story of so much loss and pain.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The final discovery of the journal. I can't say more without giving it away.


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

    How does it end?


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    Renata F. Barcelos 03-28-13 Member Since 2016

    “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” Tom Clancy

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    "Almost perfect"

    A wonderful, beautifully written sad and compelling story, almost ruined, IMHO, by the end. It simply didn't add to the character, I think, and left a bitter taste in my mouth...

    Still, I loved the journey. The audio edition is excellent, with several narrators.

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    Stephanie Poland, ME, United States 03-28-13
    Stephanie Poland, ME, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding - I can't stop listening"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent book. I can't get certain scenes out of my mind. There are many stories interwoven into one, in this book, and the author intermingles the characters so well. Minka's story of Holocaust survival is so riveting and so heart-breaking, I won't soon forget.


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    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 03-25-13
    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great listen"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes really enjoyed and listened to this story whenever I got the chance.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite Piccoult books and I've read or listened to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat B. Garden Grove, CA United States 03-25-13
    Pat B. Garden Grove, CA United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Jodi Picoult's Best Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The variety of readers, the intricate story line, the character development, and the humanness of the characters made this story highly enjoyable! In addition, the detailed information about what daily life was like for Jews in the camps was astonishing. I haven't finished it yet, so I hope the ending is as satisfying as the 'stories within a story'. In any case, I am never disappointed in Jodi P.'s writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the blend of past, present, romance and fantasy - The Holocaust years written in such detail, the present with Sage and Leo, and the vampire/werewolf.


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

    I liked the way the reader simultaneously portrayed Sage's vulnerability and strength.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I am enjoying this story so much that I don't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 03-24-13
    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 03-24-13
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    "A classic Jodi Picoult story"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I found myself listening to it in smaller bites than I normally would in the same way you'll sneak a few pages during the day in a printed book.


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    Lena Tracy, CA, United States 03-24-13
    Lena Tracy, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "POWERFUL !!!!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite, they were all equally good.


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

    This story will be with me for years to come.


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    Laurel 03-23-13
    Laurel 03-23-13
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    "Contrived, Gut-wrenching, Predictable. That Order."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only recommend books that I love. Not books described in the headline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Not likely.


    Could you see The Storyteller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh, sure. It very likely will be. It's the kind of fodder that even Harvey Weinstein salivates over. The problem is, it's already been done. Many times.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator, Suzanne Toren's, Minka, was the only truly compelling, albeit excruciating part of the book. Honestly, if I had known more about the book, and that it concerned holocaust stories, I probably wouldn't have bought it; due to the over-saturation of the subject. Some would probably argue that stories like this must always be given it's platform, generally, I agree, however, there's only so much you can stomach after having done so, just for the sake of it. Most of the character's are all cliche's. I love damaged people as much as anyone, but, a guilt-ridden, non-religious Jewish woman, who declares her employer, Mary, a former nun, as her best friend? Really? That is truly just as sad as being involved in a dead end relationship with a married man. Not because she's a former nun, but because she is a terrible friend! I would probably find a former nazi nonagenarian to hangout with too! Joseph, the said former nazi, obviously picked Sage because he knew who her grandmother was. How could Sage not figure this out, in the first act? Then there's Leo. Yeah, the white night, Leo. I guess we needed to Sage end up with a man she truly deserves. Too good to be true.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maripat Ramsey, MN, United States 03-23-13
    Maripat Ramsey, MN, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Page-Turner"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    Stunning historical account. Unfortunately believable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Transported seventy years past, Annya quickens the reader to live life with her in 1940's Europe. Captivating.


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

    An uwilling but dertermined, Sage, pulls the reader through the weavings of times past & present.


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

    "Thoughts of tomorrow are wasted - I think only of today."


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in Jodi Picoult's solution to the realistic journey for the Storyteller. A let down to be sure.

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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.

    5 of 5 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
  • Jennifer Taylor
    8/29/16
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    "Simply The Best Book I have read!"

    From the beginning it hooks you. The characters are fascinating and I honestly felt I was missing them when I had to stop listening to the book inbetween opportunities to listen. I don't want it to end. Harrowing at times, addictive yes, beautiful throughout. Thank you JP!

    0 of 0 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

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