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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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    Nancy 04-20-13
    Nancy 04-20-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Another great story with an ethical dilema"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Intense. Troubling...


    What other book might you compare The Storyteller to and why?

    I have read several of Jodi Picoult's books. They usually present some really interesting ethical issues. All of her books are very well written and beautifully told. I liked this book but perhaps not as much as some of her previous books.


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

    I feel a little cheated by the end. There is an implausible twist at the end that I did not appreciate. Sure, it makes the story more troubling but as I said, just implausible.


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    Mamabetz Cranbury, NJ USA 04-19-13
    Mamabetz Cranbury, NJ USA 04-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Waaay Too Much"
    What disappointed you about The Storyteller?

    I couldn't finish this book. The descriptions of the Holocaust were just too graphic.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am normally a fan of Jodi Picoult, having read all her books to date. This is the first I have not been able to finish because of the story. She asks the reader to sympathize with a Nazi war criminal, attempting to explain what made him follow orders to do unspeakable things. The premise is all right, because clearly the protagonist is not going to excuse what he did, but I just couldn't stomach the descriptions of his actions. I never even got to the story of the title character, which presumably is more of the same. It was just plain too much!!

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    Jennifer 04-19-13
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    "Excellent book!"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The narration of this book was excellent! I loved the characters, especially Sage, and the story itself. It was such a powerful and moving book.


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

    No, this was my first audio book by this narrator, but I thought it was excellent!


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    Thomas Levin Chicago 04-19-13
    Thomas Levin Chicago 04-19-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Extremely well written"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    Great performances. Easy to determine which character is which by the dramatization


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

    The ending


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

    This novel is far from my usual 'genre' but I found it to be captivating. Particularly liked the story within the story and the associated allegories.


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    Jamie L Cullen New Wilmington, PA, US 04-18-13
    Jamie L Cullen New Wilmington, PA, US 04-18-13
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    "Another Amazing Story by Jodi Picoult"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio version because I like someone telling me a story. The words sink in better because I'm not skimming through to get the answers like I usually do with a written book. I also enjoy being able to listen to a book while having to do mundane household chores. With a book like The Storyteller, there are a lot of names that are hard to pronounce so it's nice to have someone tell you what the words are. I would definitely read the book, though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka - She endured so much, but fought to survive the whole way through her story. She was kind, strong, independent, loyal, and loving. She loved her family and she softened the hardest hearts during the war with her stories. I love that she never finishes the story because in my eyes it's not particularly so that others can make up their own endings, it's to spite Franz. All he wanted was the ending of her story, but in her eyes, as long as that story was unfinished, she would stay alive. Maybe somewhere in her mind, she still felt that way, like the story could never end.


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

    The accents - the pauses - inflections, it's so different being able to hear a story read to you opposed to reading it yourself.


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

    When the Germans wanted all the kids under 10 rounded up because "they wouldn't know what was happening to them." I cried. Hearing about the abuse to the children was the hardest thing to read. I've read many books on the Holocaust and those parts get me every time. When Basha accidentally killed Meyer in order to keep him silent, I thought of my own 2 year old son and I just wept for her. In the end, it was better for him to die in his mother's arms then to be given to the SS, though. It was the hardest part of the book to read for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was amazing. The way Jodi Picoult writes is fantastic. There hasn't been a book of hers that I haven't liked. I will have to say that after reading this, it's my favorite. It was so interesting to get both sides of the story in one book. The ending was not a surprise to me. I thought that Reiner was actually Franz, but then there were moments I recanted that, but to know that Franz carried around the leather book of Minka's all these years was heartwarming. It frustrates me knowing that he never got to speak to her. He beat her, but he saved her life because Reiner would have surely killed her if not. Luckily he was able to get her out of there and on another train.

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    angela 04-18-13
    angela 04-18-13
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    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    I enjoyed the writing and the characters, but not the topic. Had I known this had so much graphic description of the holocaust, I would never have ordered.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not. Sure


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

    Of course the accents


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

    Personally, no. As I said before, I really didn't like subject.


    Any additional comments?

    I think somewhere in the review it should be mentioned that approximately a third of the book is devoted to the brutality of the holocaust. Had I been reading the book it would have been easier to just skip those parts. Unfortunately, I will not recommend this book to anyone.

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    Niki MANCHESTER, NH, United States 04-16-13
    Niki MANCHESTER, NH, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    This was a well told story from multiple point of views. Jodi Picoult weaves fact with fiction with well developed characters. I could not stop listening to this book!


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    Crad 04-16-13
    Crad 04-16-13
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    "Great book!"

    Excellent story, and the narration is superb. Great charachter development, and the narrators bring each person to life. Highly recommend.

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    Liz East Mackay, Australia 04-14-13
    Liz East Mackay, Australia 04-14-13
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    "Great listen"

    This book was perfect to listen to the narrators were all faultless. The story was sad, happy, devastating and kept me up for hours. this will not be a wast of a credit.. This was my first Jodie picoult and won't be my last..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lois Oregon 04-13-13
    Lois Oregon 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked so much, I listened twice."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Great, thought provoking!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka, could not imagine going through all that she had.


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

    Everything, I do not read books. The German accents and pronunciations would not have been the same.


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

    A movie you won't forget!


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked the book better the second time I listened to it.

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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
    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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