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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I have listened to A LOT of books, and this is one of my very favorites
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.
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.
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.
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!
Listens to whatever keeps me thrilled, and then surprise the living life out of me :)
Eye-Opener .. Thrilling .. Emotional
the storyteller herself .. as an old women ,, you can't but cry with her words.
The first time she told her story ..
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.
gotta listen to this book to enjoy .. don't just read it .. An Amazing performance !
I have been hooked on audio books since 1990!
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.
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.
Any of Jodi Picoult's books. I also can compare it to "Sarah's Key", which is another wonderful story.
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.
I think there was a lot of wisdom with the whole "forgiveness theme".
I loved everything, a great story, terrific narration
The interweaving of different stories
The fact that the characters were clearly recognisable by the different narrators
I was very moved by the eternal themes of the darkness within all of us and the possibility of redemption
Can't recommend it highly enough, I was left bereft that it had finished
Yes! Different narrators read for various characters. I believe it added even more depth to the story plot. The plot itself is fantastic!
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.
Yes, in fact I am listening to it for the second time now. I wanted to hear all the details again.
I liked the stories of the survivors of the Holocaust - their courage, and pride and perserverence.
I enjoyed the woman who was Minka - she had a beautiful accent.
The best moment in the book for me was when Minka escaped.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, but that would have been a physical impossibility!
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.
"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.
"Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de"
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"don't judge a book by its cover"
near the very top
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.
this is the first book with any of these narators
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.
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.
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
"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!
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.
"A must read...."
Excellent believable thoughtful
The grandmothers story of the german camps.....I had no idea!
I like the way each person became alive
Don,t listen to it at night.....you won,t sleep......too much for one sitting
My fav bit was the song for her mothers funeral.......sort of thing that would happen to me
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