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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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    Niki MANCHESTER, NH, United States 04-16-13
    Niki MANCHESTER, NH, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    This was a well told story from multiple point of views. Jodi Picoult weaves fact with fiction with well developed characters. I could not stop listening to this book!


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    Crad 04-16-13
    Crad 04-16-13
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    "Great book!"

    Excellent story, and the narration is superb. Great charachter development, and the narrators bring each person to life. Highly recommend.

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    Liz East Mackay, Australia 04-14-13
    Liz East Mackay, Australia 04-14-13
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    "Great listen"

    This book was perfect to listen to the narrators were all faultless. The story was sad, happy, devastating and kept me up for hours. this will not be a wast of a credit.. This was my first Jodie picoult and won't be my last..

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    Lois Oregon 04-13-13
    Lois Oregon 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked so much, I listened twice."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Great, thought provoking!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka, could not imagine going through all that she had.


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

    Everything, I do not read books. The German accents and pronunciations would not have been the same.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A movie you won't forget!


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked the book better the second time I listened to it.

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    Dawn 04-13-13
    Dawn 04-13-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Ties characters today w/ WWII. Kept my attention!"

    The characters and plot were very interesting. I recommend this book. How does one scarred person feel in public? Is it common for a concentration camp survivor to remember so many details? Is punishment ever too late? Never thought that in my overly busy schedule I would be considering these.

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    Zheng Singapore, Singapore 04-13-13
    Zheng Singapore, Singapore 04-13-13
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    "Food For Thought"
    What did you love best about The Storyteller?

    The Issue is very sensitive. Many readers will be provoked in taking sides. I live in Singapore and Japan invaded us. My grandmother still remembers it. I like Japan not since I have not been through the War. Hmmm... This story is very... brave.


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

    Any book that provokes your thinking and challenge your courage.


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

    Hard to comment.


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

    Ya. Why not, if I have the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work, Jodi.

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    Melissa NAVARRE, FL, United States 04-12-13
    Melissa NAVARRE, FL, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Utterly visceral."
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Absolutely. Since reading all of Gillian Flynn's work, I have been searching for a novel that lived up to her standard of literary brilliance. The Storyteller delivered. Between the powerful characters, raw emotion, and stunning performances by all the narrators, this audiobook and I have formed an intimate relationship. It has captured my undivided attention and I feel as though I am cheating on it when I read other books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nearly impossible question. They are all so real-- it's like deciding which piece of the sky is your favorite. You need them ALL.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    With multiple narrators, there is sometimes an issue of one narrator out-performing others. All of these narrators, however, worked together so beautifully-- each one as talented as the last, which offered a seamless performance.


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

    Laugh, cry, cringe, nearly vomit, but always hopeful


    Any additional comments?

    You will not regret buying this.

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    Book Club Leader Long Island, NY 04-12-13
    Book Club Leader Long Island, NY 04-12-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A very good listen. Worth the hours!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Not a typical JP but well written and moving. Despite having to listen over a few weeks it kept my interest even only catching 15 minutes at a time sometimes. Always looked forward to going back to listening.


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    Amazon Customer 04-10-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Another hit by Picoult supported by great readers!"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    YES it was an amazing book and I can still their voices replaying on certain touching parts of the story. This is one of those books that make readers enjoy reading. Or as an audio book, the narration was perfect and matched the characters perfectly.


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

    There are multiple story lines within the book. The pieces of each story start and stop perfectly and they blend well. I didn't realize the full impact of this book, what it was about, and where it was going...but I'm glad because it lead me on an unexpected surprise. It was wonderful!!!! I kept checking how many more chapters there was to the end because I DIDN'T WANT IT TO END!!!


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

    Not sure...


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

    I actually cried a few times!! My first with an audio book! Picoult's works always moves you because she connects you to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books you need to read. It's moving and sticks with you after the end.

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    Bonnie 04-10-13
    Bonnie 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "There are stories within a story"

    I like the way Picoult presents her stories from different angles. Here in this difficult subject matter which we expect from Picoult, is the story of the Holocaust. The narrative is emotional and graphic but not overwhelming. Picoult presents it from the perspective of three people:

    1. The granddaughter, Sage, a non-practicing and non-religious believer of Judaism, is a baker that works nights to avoid contact with the outside world after a car accident disfigured her face. She is a young woman that has been attending a grief counseling group since the death of her mother 3 years prior.

    2. Here she meets 95 yr. old Josef Weber, a retired and beloved teacher, who she will soon find out is a former German SS guard.

    3. Later we meet a Holocaust survivor, Minka, the grandmother of Sage who never speaks of her time in Poland during WWII.

    Sage does not give much thought to her grandmother's past or her own heritage until she befriends Josef Weber. As Sage and Josef become closer the story unfolds.

    The short stories written by her grandmother, as a young girl, remind me of the Ann Frank’s Diaries but Minka’s were stories based on when she and other Jews were forced to live in “the Ghetto” and Auschwitz. Writing these stories give the grandmother a reason to go on.

    To say more about how "the Storyteller" unfolds and the many side stories would be to reveal too much of the plot. I do not believe that I have done so thus far. Instead, I'd recommend you grab a copy of this book that includes love, friendship, unrequited love, hate, fear, jealousy and more. I love how Picoult ties so many things together.

    I knew from Picoult’s other books there is always a twist at the end and there was in this one.

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