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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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    Jay3fer Israel 03-19-13
    Jay3fer Israel 03-19-13 Member Since 2012

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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 2011

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Just Me NJ, United States 03-18-13
    Just Me NJ, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2007

    I read, knit and read and knit at the same time thanks to audible!

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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

    ajaylynn

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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!

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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 Member Since 2012
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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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    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 03-09-13
    Christie Bronxville, NY, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2009

    Atticus

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    "Powerful"

    I almost didn't buy this book - I am tired of Picoult's formula writing. This book is so beautifully told, so beautifully written. It is a must read for everyone. I expect to request that my children read it when they are older. It tells of horror and the will to survive. It is one of the best "fictional" books of a terrible time in our world that I have ever read.
    The narration is beautiful. The story is believable. The facts are well researched. You cannot stop listening....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Solana Beach, CA, United States 03-09-13
    Scott Solana Beach, CA, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not her best... dissappointing ending"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    I have read all her books, and found this to be one of my least favorite. I did enjoy the perspective on the Nazi Camps.


    Would you recommend The Storyteller to your friends? Why or why not?

    Read a different title first


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narrators were fine


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey warrandyte, Australia 03-09-13
    Tracey warrandyte, Australia 03-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "loved this! A story within a story!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    yes to pick up information about the charaters i might have missed when concentrating on the plot


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

    yes. I like the way her charaters are so well rounded you are never sure who will remain to be the most important.
    also the story within the story is captivating.


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    i was very interested in the theme of forgiveness and evil...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Racine, WI, United States 03-08-13
    Pat Racine, WI, United States 03-08-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I could not turn it Off!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Superior!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sage. I loved the way she worked through her pangs of conscience to arrive at a moral decision even though she did not believe in God.


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

    No.


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

    I was Moved at every turn, from curiousity to disgust, depression to relief and satisfaction. I enjoyed the plot and sub-plots. This author îs very tallented.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend.

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