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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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    Amy Andrus Salt Lake City, UT, US 04-08-13
    Amy Andrus Salt Lake City, UT, US 04-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I really LOVED this book!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to A LOT of books, and this is one of my very favorites


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

    I loved the plot. This is three stories woven into one. It is captivating, and each character is fascinating in their own psychology in the tale. It is a story of many people suffering emotionally in different ways based on events in their past. Each person has their own coping mechanism, but learns to overcome by what they learn from one another. There is love, romance, hardship, pain, and hope.


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

    Although this is a story that most of us have heard before in various formats, having a voice to the survivor telling the story made it very real. It was also fascinating to be inside of the mind of the perpetrator(s) to this crime against humanity. It is so difficult to understand how someone could justify their actions in this type of circumstance. Picoult opens a window to help the listener understand that dyanmic through the voice of the narrator. It is difficult to hate the person altogether after you feel like you know and understand him better. The internal conflict felt by he main character concerning her relationship with the elderly man is completely understandable.


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    Ann Quinn Melbourne Australia 04-08-13
    Ann Quinn Melbourne Australia 04-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Storyteller is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Jodi Picoult at her brilliant best.
    The book tells a story of the Holocaust, which in my mind must NEVER be forgotten , but with great sensitivity. Alongside the characters I love, laugh and weep. Thank you Jodi.


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    Connie 04-07-13
    Connie 04-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Hard to listen to, hard to turn off!"

    I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books and, like many others here, thoroughly enjoyed them with the exception of The Lone Wolf. I am truly a fan and watch for each new book to arrive. The atrocities in this story make it so difficult to listen to at times but it is such a compelling story and so well written that I couldn't stop listening.
    The narration is first rate and adds much to the book. I have to say that my favorite character in this book is Leo - I just loved him! I would like to have a sequel to this book from his life and point of view.
    The underlying theme of the nature and act of forgiveness is presented in such a thought provoking way toward the end of the book that makes you introspective. What would you do? I think you have to ask yourself what Minka would have done had she known all of the facts. She was a character with such strength and endurance but also realism and understanding.
    Great job, Jodi, in creating characters that will stay with the reader and add such personal perspective to history. There are a couple of other observations I'd like to mention, but no one likes a spoiler.
    Well worth the time and a credit!

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    Ibrahim Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-06-13
    Ibrahim Dubai, United Arab Emirates 04-06-13 Member Since 2015

    Listens to whatever keeps me thrilled, and then surprise the living life out of me :)

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    "in short ... A great book."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-Opener .. Thrilling .. Emotional


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the storyteller herself .. as an old women ,, you can't but cry with her words.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time she told her story ..


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

    cry .. knowing that after all those years he found her.
    another moment is where he confesses to letting his brother die in front of him.


    Any additional comments?

    gotta listen to this book to enjoy .. don't just read it .. An Amazing performance !

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    Susan 04-06-13
    Susan 04-06-13 Member Since 2014

    I have been hooked on audio books since 1990!

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    "Not at all what I expected"

    After all the stellar reviews, I really expected to love this book, but I stopped listening after the first 45 minutes. It just didn't engage me at all, nor was it what I expected. I just couldn't get excited by the characters, although the readers were quite good. The whole concept of a former SS officer wanting to repent at an advanced age didn't work for me.
























































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    PAMELA LANGHORNE, PA, United States 04-06-13
    PAMELA LANGHORNE, PA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I found the story so intriguing. Jodi Picoult's books always give different points of view. Her books bring out so many emotions. Hearing the story from the point of view of a holocaust victim was difficult at times. Her stories always have great twists and any fan of her's will not be disappointed.


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

    Any of Jodi Picoult's books. I also can compare it to "Sarah's Key", which is another wonderful story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was really moved by Sage's Grandmother's story. There were so many emotions. I even laughed when she helped her sick friend, Daria, by pulling out her tooth and made an ironic joke.


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

    I think there was a lot of wisdom with the whole "forgiveness theme".


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    Janice Perth, Australia 04-05-13
    Janice Perth, Australia 04-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous Book"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I loved everything, a great story, terrific narration


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

    The interweaving of different stories


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The fact that the characters were clearly recognisable by the different narrators


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

    I was very moved by the eternal themes of the darkness within all of us and the possibility of redemption


    Any additional comments?

    Can't recommend it highly enough, I was left bereft that it had finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Salem, OR, United States 04-04-13
    Amy Salem, OR, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Different narrators read for various characters. I believe it added even more depth to the story plot. The plot itself is fantastic!


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

    I found myself listening to this book every possible second from beginning to end. I wanted so badly to know what would happen next. I experienced a wide variety of emotion during this book. Jodi Picoult did not disappoint.


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    Leanne 04-04-13
    Leanne 04-04-13
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    "WOW - this is a fantastic book!!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I am listening to it for the second time now. I wanted to hear all the details again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the stories of the survivors of the Holocaust - their courage, and pride and perserverence.


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

    I enjoyed the woman who was Minka - she had a beautiful accent.


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

    The best moment in the book for me was when Minka escaped.


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    Rosie Rae 04-03-13
    Rosie Rae 04-03-13
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    "Tremendous Experience!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes, definitely! The story itself was marvelous, but the performances by the readers were so wonderful, it was such a tremendous experience. I never expected to love this book so much.


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

    It seems unique to me, and maybe that's why I loved it. I can't think of another book like it that I've read.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They were spot on, and just added so much to the character's personalities. I listen to books while in my car, then pick up where I left off at home with the books on Kindle, and I have to admit that the readers give so much more to the story than when I'm just reading. It's like listening to a movie.


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

    Yes, but that would have been a physical impossibility!


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I really highly recommend it for anyone. The Holocost should never be forgotten, and this book makes it understandable from several perspectives. It's just a great read.

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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
  • 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
  • trish
    10/14/14
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    "A must read...."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent believable thoughtful


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

    The grandmothers story of the german camps.....I had no idea!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like the way each person became alive


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

    Don,t listen to it at night.....you won,t sleep......too much for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    My fav bit was the song for her mothers funeral.......sort of thing that would happen to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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