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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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    Bonnie 04-10-13
    Bonnie 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "There are stories within a story"

    I like the way Picoult presents her stories from different angles. Here in this difficult subject matter which we expect from Picoult, is the story of the Holocaust. The narrative is emotional and graphic but not overwhelming. Picoult presents it from the perspective of three people:

    1. The granddaughter, Sage, a non-practicing and non-religious believer of Judaism, is a baker that works nights to avoid contact with the outside world after a car accident disfigured her face. She is a young woman that has been attending a grief counseling group since the death of her mother 3 years prior.

    2. Here she meets 95 yr. old Josef Weber, a retired and beloved teacher, who she will soon find out is a former German SS guard.

    3. Later we meet a Holocaust survivor, Minka, the grandmother of Sage who never speaks of her time in Poland during WWII.

    Sage does not give much thought to her grandmother's past or her own heritage until she befriends Josef Weber. As Sage and Josef become closer the story unfolds.

    The short stories written by her grandmother, as a young girl, remind me of the Ann Frank’s Diaries but Minka’s were stories based on when she and other Jews were forced to live in “the Ghetto” and Auschwitz. Writing these stories give the grandmother a reason to go on.

    To say more about how "the Storyteller" unfolds and the many side stories would be to reveal too much of the plot. I do not believe that I have done so thus far. Instead, I'd recommend you grab a copy of this book that includes love, friendship, unrequited love, hate, fear, jealousy and more. I love how Picoult ties so many things together.

    I knew from Picoult’s other books there is always a twist at the end and there was in this one.

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    Leschi Seattle, WA, United States 04-09-13
    Leschi Seattle, WA, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "What a story teller"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    I always look forward to Jodi's books - she takes on difficult subjects and presents them in a thought provoking and engaging manner - makes you think! I have read loads about the Jewish experience in WWII and hesitated to take on this topic once again. But I am really glad that I did - Picoult brings it right to home. Highly recommend


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    Karen Laurie, MO, United States 04-09-13
    Karen Laurie, MO, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Picoult never lets you down!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic!I couldn't stop listening to it!


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

    I felt as if I was there, very captivating.


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

    Narrators did a fantastic job of helping you to visualize the characters. The voices seems to fit the characters personalities perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    An extremely moving book, a must read.

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    Bleedblue Southeast 04-09-13
    Bleedblue Southeast 04-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Love to shop

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    "Picoult's Best"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Best so Far!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the different narrator's for each character, very well done.


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    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-09-13
    Patricia Dora, Mo, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "a must read"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    I have read numerous books on the holocaust but this was the first one that I read that told some of the story from the view of the "other" side, as such. It was interesting but hard to listen to at times because of the brutality. Even though I have heard it many times it is still hard to hear again. I didn't really care much for the story within the story but it made more since at the end. It is certainly worth the read and although it was over 18hrs long I wanted to know even more about Minka life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character of Minka was well developed and interesting, it was hard not to like her. She was the Mensch that her Mother always told her to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I would have to say that when she got the job inside I was so happy for her because I knew that life would be a little easier for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I kind of suspected that the ending, without giving it away, was going to happen. I guess I was more upset that she said what she did to him than what she actually ended up doing. I enjoyed the book enough that I will probably listen to it again someday.

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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

    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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