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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?

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    alexandra 04-03-13
    alexandra 04-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "No Regrets"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book but struggled with the ending it was a little too contrived for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, I'm listening to, The Pact now.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet 04-02-13
    Janet 04-02-13

    I'm happily married 28 years with 4 children and 1 grandson. I have been so blessed with Audible. Who needs a TV <grinning>

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    "Very deep and thought provoking."
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This entire series ranks among my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were well developed with Sage being my favorite.


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

    Good job well done. It was all taking place in my head. They made it easy to visualize. My heart aches. I cried and laughed out loud. This book gives a lot to think about.


    Any additional comments?

    I would put my head set on click play and be busy in the garden or other chores. I was so tuned into the book that I wasn't aware of just how much I was accomplishing. Thank you Jodi!

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    Tebbe Asheville, NC, United States 04-02-13
    Tebbe Asheville, NC, United States 04-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes I would only to capture the details of the Holacaust.


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

    None in my memory. This due to the rare perspective of a remorseless Nazi's story of joining the Hitler Youth.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This is the first Audio book I have listened to that employed multiple readers that were character specific. I enjoyed it.


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

    The story of Daria's death moved me to scream out "oh no thats not good".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianna Ferrara Amherst, NH United States 04-01-13
    Dianna Ferrara Amherst, NH United States 04-01-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Disappointing Picoult."
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    From Picoult yes. Not the narrators..


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting...Minkas story. Least interesting...undertakers part in the story.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Voice intonations.


    Was The Storyteller worth the listening time?

    No.


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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 04-01-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Three Stories Woven Together"

    This book was different than what I expected by reading the summary, but it was amazing. It is basically three stories woven together - the story of the baker & the old man, the story of the grandmother's life, and the vampire story written by the grandmother. The way Jodi Picoult tells these stories is amazing and the ending was very unexpected for me. I didn't see the final twist coming. I always look forward to Jodi Picoult's new books, but this one surpassed all my expectations. The history contained within the telling of the grandmother's life will bring tears to your eyes.

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    Amy Leland, il, United States 04-01-13
    Amy Leland, il, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book!! Good Narrators!!!"

    Tuff subject matter, very interesting. I really enjoyed this book, Jodi Picoult is a great story teller.

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    Barbara Pennsylvania,USA 04-01-13
    Barbara Pennsylvania,USA 04-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a big fan of audible...listening to books on the move really suits my lifestyle.

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    "Powerful topic covered in an interesting way ."
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Descriptions of what the Jewish people were going through really gave me pause to think of how I may have reacted. I also saw the SS officers as real people who were going through their own termoil.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The strength shown by Sage's grandma throughout her struggles made her the most memorable character for me.


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

    At times I found the material troubling to listen to and needed to take a break to process it.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the variety of voices of the readers...Great read and would recommend to all of Jodi's fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Adler DeLand, FL USA 03-31-13
    M. Adler DeLand, FL USA 03-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I just finished listening to it and am resisting listening again, saving it for a future date when I can't wait anymore. This is Jodi Picoult in top form. The writing is superb; the harrowing story is difficult to pause, so real and horrific, even though we know much about the end; the performance is brilliant. I can't imagine that reading this as text would begin to approach the impact of this recording.


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

    The twist at the end, even though I expected it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They were amazing. Edoardo Ballerini's accents!


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

    Oh yes, but I resisted.


    Any additional comments?

    Picoult's research is superb. We always learn something from reading her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wana Amarillo, TX, United States 03-31-13
    Wana Amarillo, TX, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    This is definitely up to her usual standards. I enjoyed every aspect of this book.if you are wanting a very engaging and entertaining book then I suggest you try this out.


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

    Yes it was a book that I wanted to hurry up and finish because I wanted to know the ending.


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    ShannaO Arvada, CO, United States 03-29-13
    ShannaO Arvada, CO, United States 03-29-13
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    "I have only started listening and I am mesmerized."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

    I am only on part 1. I love how I can transfer back and forth between book and audio format. I am completely into this book. The author has done a great job with getting me to be in tune and interested in the characters, from the very beginning. I can't wait to listen to the next chapter. There is a much bigger story unfolding ... I can't wait.


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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"
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    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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