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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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 really like some of Picoult's books. But this one was not very good. It's not what i would expect from her. Dont know what i can say that wont give anything away in the book, other then, The audible description of this book doesn't mention the holocaust. and it a big part of this book. And the ending is pretty awful.
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.
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The narrators were so careful to remain true to the tone and meaning of the text. And the story itself was intricately-crafted: not far short of a masterpiece.
The plot was only somewhat suspenseful, but was masterfully crafted to keep the reader listening and intrigued. Story-within-a-story was woven well into the theme and content of the overarching storyline.
I think this question means "what DO the narrators". ;-)
The variety of voices, accents, everything - I'd imagine it was like sitting through an excellent radio drama, performed by skilled actors (something I've pretty much never done, having grown up in the 80s).
Not necessarily extreme - but the ending of the story was well-handled, delivering both the unexpected AND an appropriate, meaningful resolution to any remaining "loose ends."
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I can honestly say that I wish this story did not end...
After I was done reading/listening to this book I looked for additional books about the concentration camps as Jodi Picoult did a fantastic job with her tale and story writing about these camps. I felt like i was actually there. Overall, I give it a solid 5 stars and would recommend it to everyone
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I am a big Picoult fan though I have to admit at times she is hit or miss with me. I think this one sorta fell into the middle.
The story was interesting and quite hard to hear a lot of times. I read tons of true crime and bloody books but even for me the descriptions in this book were very graphic. I think it affected me so deeply because it happened, written in a fiction book but still true, horrid, unbelievable facts that happened to human beings. Impossible to wrap your mind around.
I have to say I did not care too much for Sage or Minka. I know I am in the minority but Sage was a bit too pompous for me and Minka, while I agree that what she endured and lived though was terrible, to me, she seemed a bit too full of herself, the hero, the story writer who could save herself with her stories. I did enjoy the friendship between her and Daria, in that relationship she was much more likeable.
My favorite character was Leo. He was the most honest one in the book. I wish he had a tad more sympathy but it is understandable why he did not. I would have liked more information on how his relationship with Sage wound up.
The ending while predictable was also a wee bit confusing for me as to the why of the whole thing. I guess it sounds like I didn't enjoy the book but I did. The narration was good and the plot definitely holds your attention. It is worth reading.
This story was a lot better than I even expected. I have read a lot of books about the Holocaust, and even though it was similar to a lot of stories in that genre...it really added some freshness to the subject through adding in the current day characters, and the storytelling aspect. I found many times where I couldn't stop listening...and it actually became one of those books where I almost bought the Kindle version as well...so I could link them and keep going.
My husband is set to enjoy it next and I will be interested in his viewpoint. Enjoy!
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