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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This book way exceeded my expectations. It was well written and the characters were very interesting. The story was complicated - in a good way. The plot and ending was not predictable and the narration was great!
I love a good Nazi-hunting story, and while that was just a portion of this narrative, it offered up a moving tale of Holocaust survival and all the pain and horror that implies. The story was interesting, the performances were outstanding, and it was well worth the time I spent listening to it. I found myself looking forward to opportunities in the car when I could slip back into the lives of Minke and Sage.
Say something about yourself!
I could not put this down. This story continues to be on my mind even though I finished it weeks ago.
I will no longer automatically choose a book from Jodi Picoult. The characters were uninteresting and predictable. I found the whole book tiresome and the narrator's attempt to duplicate a Jewish accent fell far short of the mark. Boring!
I have loved being read to as long as I can remember. With limited time in my life for reading, listening to novel on audio is like a dream come true. Love it!
Didn't read the print version but loved the narrator.
Yes, it was hard to press pause, didn't want to give up the experience.
No, a chore
It did not hold my interest, I read three others going back to try to finish and finally gave up. It was depressing to me. Trying to pick up the story line was impossible.
The narrator was as good, just a dull , boring story
I like the author, she is better than this.
Have always loved her books but this one was disappointing. Too much skipping around which caused me too lose interest multiple times. Finally gave up and tried to return but system seemed to want to force me to call and explain my reasons.
Marrator seemed as disinterested in the book as I was.
Live life like a kid in a candy store!
I loved the movement between the past and present. I had no idea there would be so much about the Holocaust (pretty intense) but once I settled into it, it was amazing.
I like multiple narrators so on that level this really worked for me. The writer of the story's voice changes to a character in the book when passages are read.
All things sage were interesting. Also the love of the Daily Bread owner
I think this really illustrates what emotional baggage we put on ourselves. Sometimes we need to sit back and examine if we really own it or not. Deep cleansing breath.... =)
Worth every second!
Minka - she was terrific in every way and a real hero.
I really like the narration, especially Suzanne Toren's. She really does a beautiful job.
Part of the story that Minka told of her time in the camps and the parallel stroy she wrote of the vampire. Both were extremely moving and made you really think about who and what kind of person you are and what the influential factors were.
Jodi Picoult fans will be familiar with her usual formula of court-room drama and moral dilemmas. Her endings are never quite spelled out and the ultimate decision about what happens is left for the reader to decide. While still dealing with moral issues, the court-room drama is missing this time. The Storyteller is an historical novel that uses the Holocaust to explore guilt, responsibility and family. Like all Picoult's novels, The Storyteller is exceptionally well researched and the narration is outstanding. However,I did not find the story at all compelling. Vampires? Really? It just did not work for me and yes I did get the analogy Picoult tried to make but it was so unnecessary. All the characters, except the grandmother, felt shallow and contrived. I simply couldn't engage with a disfigured reclusive (not to mention self centered) baker, a 90 year old Nazi who is suddenly overtaken with remorse and a barista who speaks only in haiku (I got distracted counting syllables). Meanwhile, Jesus appears in a loaf of bread, a vampire wrecks havoc in a small village and three sisters are called Sage, Pepper and Saffron. Honestly, it could have been a comedy if it weren't for the grandmother's story. When I was listening to the chapters about Minka growing up in Poland and her time in the concentration camps, I was totally engrossed. It was disturbing and devastating and so unlike the rest of the book. I wanted much more of Minka and much less of everything else.
I used to be Jodi Picoult fan. I have read almost all of her novels but with each new book recently, she tries the same old formula and fails miserably. I miss the days when Picoult wrote novels that I could get lost in and that didn't bore me to death or make me roll my eyes in disbelief.
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