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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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    Carolann MARTINEZ, GA, United States 03-11-14
    Carolann MARTINEZ, GA, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2011

    Psychologist and writer who looks for inspiration and escape in witty tales and perplexing mysteries.

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    "Returned"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone wanting help with insomnia.


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book moves very slowly. It needs a greater pull earlier on to garner the audience member's attention. I enjoy reading Picoult's work, but this is definitely not her finest.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Showing more enthusiasm


    What character would you cut from The Storyteller?

    I never got far enough to meet all of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadly, this is just not an engaging work. If it had been my introduction to Picoult it would have been my last.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nada Mazurek Paris, France 02-24-14
    Nada Mazurek Paris, France 02-24-14 Member Since 2006

    French agent

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    "what you would expect"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    The different voices of the characters were well done.


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

    Every Jodi Picoult book has a twist and manipulations at the end of the book!


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

    I have listened to other books narrated by Edoardo Ballerini, he does a great job.


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

    Of course the Holocaust scenes are horrifying and brutal.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Houston Los Angeles, CA USA 02-16-14
    Dianne Houston Los Angeles, CA USA 02-16-14
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    "The finest Picoult yet. Brilliantly written."

    I discovered Jodi Picoult though this novel, and was impressed enough to move backward through her enormous body of work, reading every one. Some were wonderful, others tedious, but THE STORYTELLER stands out as Picoult's finest work to date. It seems as though the multi-character narrative Picoult has used in most of her novels, finds its perfection in this one. Storylines, histories, and emotional arcs weave seamlessly herein. The reader always has a front row seat, witnessing with rapt clarity as this multi-layered story unfolds. Bravo Jodi! What's next?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W CAPE TOWN, South Africa 02-05-14
    W CAPE TOWN, South Africa 02-05-14 Member Since 2005
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    "A GOOD READ"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    Compelling subject matter, clever structuring, great characterisation


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

    My Sister's Keeper - by the same author


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    it brought the book to life - one can identify with the characters


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yedidya Tel Aviv, Israel 02-02-14
    Yedidya Tel Aviv, Israel 02-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "must read for 3rd gen Jews"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    My grandmother's tale. This story is amazingly accurate according to the stories my grandmother told me. The characters are real humans having something happen to them.


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

    No, It was expected including the who is this Nazi.


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

    The grandmother, she even sounded like mine. Made me cry.


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

    The part where they dealt with the tooth ache, it reminded me of a real event.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa MOUNT CALM, TX, United States 01-28-14
    Melissa MOUNT CALM, TX, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Jodi Picoult ... Never a Disappointment"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    Loved the history and the "re-living of history" in this book. Raw emotion and feelings. A great book to listen to!


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

    Emotion


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

    Yes ... if only I had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't imagine anyone being disappointment with this book unless they were just looking for "fluff".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 12-03-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 12-03-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "I Was Transported!"

    I’ve always been drawn to holocaust stories because they are so compelling; all you need to do is scroll through my library to see how many I’ve read – but this one was notch above most.

    I was not just gripped - I was riveted, spellbound… I hung on to every word; it was so engrossing!!

    It was like eating, the more I consumed, the more I wanted; even the romance didn’t get on my nerves and that’s saying a lot!

    Easily the best book I’ve read all year.

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    Markey Browns Mills, NJ, United States 08-09-13
    Markey Browns Mills, NJ, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2003
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    This book is not good. If I knew there were some weird vampire characters I would have skipped it.

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    Barbara Southaven, MS, United States 06-11-13
    Barbara Southaven, MS, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I Normally Like This Author But I Did Not Like This Book. IDidnt Like The Subject Matter At All.


    Has The Storyteller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different Subject matter


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    3 of 3 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
  • 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
    7/7/14
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    "The lives I have known"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Hell and back


    What did you like best about this story?

    Three stories in one. The story Sage is living, her grandmother experience in Nazi Germany and the story Sage grandmother has written.


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

    Sage. Sage is having an internal struggle with herself. On one hand she is living with the guilt of her mothers death and the scars on her face. On the other hand can she forgive Josephs his crimes against the Jews during the war. Is it her place to forgive. Can she forgive herself for living while her mother died.


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

    When, as a young girl, Sage grandmother witnessed the cold blooded murder of her friend and the subsequent beating, leaving her battered and broken.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story. I will no doubt listen to it again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    6/16/14
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    "Brutal, Harrowing, Heartfelt"

    A story that will make you wretch, cry, reflect, smile and stay with you.

    The Storyteller begins in present day when a complex young woman Sage, meets an old German man Josef at grief group - it's not the most gripping start but stick with it - what follows are chapters told from different characters POV flashing between present day and the period of the Second World War.

    The characters Sage, Leo, Josef, Minka and Anya each build the story layer by layer with tales of horrendous brutality, contemplations of good and evil and questions about humanity.

    Josef's chapters left me feeling sick and at times I thought I would have to turn off as the descriptive passages were so brutal - and yet I kept listening because I knew these details were gleaned from the truth of our living history.

    Minka's chapter's were equally harrowing and took up the largest part of the book, although I was happy to hear her story, which was so full of tragedy, unfairness, hardship, family and in a weird kind of way luck too.

    Whilst I have watched films and read non-fiction accounts of the brutality the Jewish people faced during the rise of Hitlers Army there is something about the first person narrator in this book that transports you right there, so the horror's are tangible.

    Each time I paused this book I found myself thinking about it constantly and whilst I know my mind will eventually drift back to the little problems in my life it has actually made me appreciate how lucky I am to live in a society where I am free, valid and equal. I feel like telling anyone who has little knowledge of the brutality of the concentration camps to read this book, just so they understand the suffering.

    I have read several of Jody Picoult's books, my favourite up until know being 'Change of Heart' but the 'Storyteller' has snatched the top spot - a truly powerful and moving novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. S. Brennan
    Leeds, UK and Maganey, Ireland
    1/28/14
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I'm not one to leave reviews generally, but i thought that i would for this book as i was enthralled from the moment i started listening to it. Wonderfully narrated with raw emotion and the way it has been told really let you feel that you wre there in the moment. Harrowing at times, but extrenely well done and with great sensitivity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, this was a haunting tale that stayed with me all day, I wanted to saver the listening absorbing the story along the way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was beautifully structured and the characters were believable with scenes which you felt part of in the way they were described and read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    WATERLOOVILLE, United Kingdom
    11/30/13
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. I loved the story, but the 4 narrators just brought it to life. Enjoyed every minute.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all, but particularly liked Sage, as she blossomed, and Leo's portrayal was very good.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't choose - they were all very good.


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

    Not outloud, but it made a big impression.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    United Kingdom
    8/9/13
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    "Poignant"

    Having read Jodi Picoult before and finding her books increasingly similar I had been reluctant to read this book. After several recommendations from friends and indeed from Twitter I decided to give this book a chance. It's a great book - it's so moving and really makes you think about life. It made me think about the holocaust in a way that I hadn't before. Now I'm very keen to read more Jodi Picoult's book - hope she doesn't let me down. The different narrators work well and enliven the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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