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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Not only was the story engaging, but having different narrators with authentic (or authentic sounding) accents really made it come to life.
YES! I listen to books while I run and I couldn't not listen between runs.
I already have!
Have read many on this subject but it's incomparable to anything I've read
Part II Minka's story. I couldn't stop listening. I cried a few times. I could picture everything. Beautifully descriptive.
Hmmm all of it but I would have to say to say minka's relationship with Frank
I'm going to buy the book so i can always have it to read again
It was pretty flawless and I couldn't stop listening.
Won't give anything away. Loved the descriptions.
Yes and no. I really wanted to savor it.
I still get a lump in my throat thinking about the story.
This book was definitely one that I couldn't put away. The narration was excellent with each character being very well depicted.
Although I guessed the ending before the end, it was a very good plot and well orchestrated.
Given the vast differences in the ages and nationalities of the characters, the narrators were able to describe them very well.
The story saddened me.
The different voices were fabulous. I really am into Jodi Picoult now...how she took the halocaust story and brought it to life, all while throwing in vampires (ompures) and a little mystery/romance in one tale. Sounds perhaps too complicated, but the 3(or more) concurrent stories that all interconnect are all powerful.
Obviously -- the stories. all running concurrently but all powerful and interesting...and moving. Siblings -- guilt -- Judaism. Justice versus forgiveness...Aristophanes...The description of baking and fabulous bakery items. Great discussion of forgiveness -- what can be forgiven? Are some crimes too great to forgive? Great stories.
the voices were all perfect. And - men reading women's parts, women reading mens, women reading mens, halocoust - romance, love. The accents - the story of the grandma and the horrific experience of being a european jew in the 1940s. The concurrent story of modern-day baker Sage who is grieving and baking and avoiding people after the guilt she has of causing her mothers' death ...
Several places left me in tears... When Minke (spelling) lost her best friend Dario...when "How Does it end?" kept surfacing. The surprise ending was something.
Hearing the different aspects of the story from everyone was awesome.
Sage was my favorite character, she was strong and beautiful.
It mad me cry at some spots, and made me laugh at others.
Midwest Mom Addicted to Audible!
Yes, great story with wonderful narration!
Minka telling her story
Sometimes even with a great book and a good narrator, I feel like I would have enjoyed the book better had I read it myself. Never once did I feel like that with this one. All the characters became so real with this one. Great job!!!
The story was spectacular, and the narration every bit as good as the story! Would highly recommend this book!
I would recommend this to a friend because I really looked forward to listening to it.
Sage. I could relate to her.
Very extreme. I cried and hurt for the Jews who suffered the affliction of the Germans in the Holocaust.
I got this book because I usually love Jodi Picoult books. This one I found to go on too long and I found the story to be very boring. I tried to force myself to try to finish it because of the price but I just couldn't finish it.
"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.
"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.
"Great story pity about the ending"
I enjoyed this story up until the last chapter. Felt the strong story line could have done with a more dramatic ending.
Not read the print version
Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and this one does not disappoint
Different voices for each character help to follow the story
Yes. This is a very gritty story which is painful to listen to at times. It is sobering to think that it is set in world war 2 but similar atrocities are happening today
Jodi Picoult at her best
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