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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?

©2013 Jodi Picoult (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Renata F. Barcelos 03-28-13 Member Since 2014

    “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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    Patricia Cypress, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Patricia Cypress, CA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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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 Member Since 2011
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 2014
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joni BLANDING, UT, United States 03-23-13
    Joni BLANDING, UT, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not disappointed, not going to remember"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The performance was so good that it made it a better book. I think it would not have been as good to read instead of listening.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Wondering what choice the girls was going to make.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices for the different characters.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 03-22-13
    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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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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