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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Excellent book. I can't get certain scenes out of my mind. There are many stories interwoven into one, in this book, and the author intermingles the characters so well. Minka's story of Holocaust survival is so riveting and so heart-breaking, I won't soon forget.
Yes really enjoyed and listened to this story whenever I got the chance.
One of my favorite Piccoult books and I've read or listened to them all.
The variety of readers, the intricate story line, the character development, and the humanness of the characters made this story highly enjoyable! In addition, the detailed information about what daily life was like for Jews in the camps was astonishing. I haven't finished it yet, so I hope the ending is as satisfying as the 'stories within a story'. In any case, I am never disappointed in Jodi P.'s writing.
I liked the blend of past, present, romance and fantasy - The Holocaust years written in such detail, the present with Sage and Leo, and the vampire/werewolf.
I liked the way the reader simultaneously portrayed Sage's vulnerability and strength.
I am enjoying this story so much that I don't want it to end.
No, but I found myself listening to it in smaller bites than I normally would in the same way you'll sneak a few pages during the day in a printed book.
One of the best !
No favorite, they were all equally good.
This story will be with me for years to come.
I only recommend books that I love. Not books described in the headline.
Oh, sure. It very likely will be. It's the kind of fodder that even Harvey Weinstein salivates over. The problem is, it's already been done. Many times.
Narrator, Suzanne Toren's, Minka, was the only truly compelling, albeit excruciating part of the book. Honestly, if I had known more about the book, and that it concerned holocaust stories, I probably wouldn't have bought it; due to the over-saturation of the subject. Some would probably argue that stories like this must always be given it's platform, generally, I agree, however, there's only so much you can stomach after having done so, just for the sake of it. Most of the character's are all cliche's. I love damaged people as much as anyone, but, a guilt-ridden, non-religious Jewish woman, who declares her employer, Mary, a former nun, as her best friend? Really? That is truly just as sad as being involved in a dead end relationship with a married man. Not because she's a former nun, but because she is a terrible friend! I would probably find a former nazi nonagenarian to hangout with too! Joseph, the said former nazi, obviously picked Sage because he knew who her grandmother was. How could Sage not figure this out, in the first act? Then there's Leo. Yeah, the white night, Leo. I guess we needed to Sage end up with a man she truly deserves. Too good to be true.
Stunning historical account. Unfortunately believable.
Transported seventy years past, Annya quickens the reader to live life with her in 1940's Europe. Captivating.
An uwilling but dertermined, Sage, pulls the reader through the weavings of times past & present.
"Thoughts of tomorrow are wasted - I think only of today."
I was disappointed in Jodi Picoult's solution to the realistic journey for the Storyteller. A let down to be sure.
The performance was so good that it made it a better book. I think it would not have been as good to read instead of listening.
Wondering what choice the girls was going to make.
The different voices for the different characters.
I normally like Jodi Picoult, and was excited to have another of her books to listen to, but this one was disappointing. It started out fairly interesting, and as always, Picoult has well developed characters. But as connections begin to be made, it just becomes too convenient and tiresome.
This is an important subject, so you can tell Picoult took a lot of care in it, but I also don't think it was edited well - drags quite a bit for no great reason other than to continue to make you understand how horrible the war was for the Jewish people. I don't mean to sound callous by saying that, it is just that the point is very well made over, and over, and over.
I like hearing the voices - brings it to life a bit more.
Overall, worth a listen, but really could have been abridged.
Would not recommend this over other Picoult books.
I have not read the print version, but I truly believe the audio edition is probably more powerful, more gut-wrenching and believable. The characters speaking with German accents really drove it home for me. Picoult always uses different "voices" for her charcaters in print books by utilizing different fonts. Her books are so much more rich when brought to life by different character voices.
Minka. With all that Minka lived through, saw and experienced... she was still a class act. She never lived her life defined as a "survivor", she was simply a wife, a mother and a greandmother.
I loved the German accents used while telling Minka and Josef's stories.
Nazi Germany meets modern day storytelling...
Anyone who has wondered whether the holocaust really happened... READ THIS BOOK! I learned so much about WWII, about the history of the holocaust and what the Jewish people were subjected to in Nazi Germany. It's so powerful and you wonder if Minka's story would ever end, heartbroken yet hopeful at every turn. Not your typical Picoult book since it's lacking a strong court/legal aspect but insanely poingant and wonderful.
"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.
"Simply The Best Book I have read!"
From the beginning it hooks you. The characters are fascinating and I honestly felt I was missing them when I had to stop listening to the book inbetween opportunities to listen. I don't want it to end. Harrowing at times, addictive yes, beautiful throughout. Thank you JP!
fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.
"Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"
This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.
Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
"Major flaw in the plot"
Probably not, and this is a first with a Picoult book. The premise the book was based on was flawed. At no point did Sage ask "Why can't you kill yourself? Why do I have to bear the guilt/responsibility?" If he wanted to die, due to the guilt of his actions, why would she facilitate his death, enabling him to continue to spread his evil to another person?
I did learn things about the holocaust and it was well written and flowed well. However I just couldn't accept the key premise of the storyline.
First Picoult book I've read which made me feel it was written to meet a deadline, not because there was a story waiting to be told.
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