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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?

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    Janice Caulfield, Australia 03-29-13
    Janice Caulfield, Australia 03-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An enthral king story on so many levels"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I would find this book hard to listen to again as its realism was very disturbing. A really upsetting story, which needs to told


    What did you like best about this story?

    The three stories intertwined kept the listener enthralled


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

    The holocaust survivor captured my interest. Although the story in the present was also very good.


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

    I found myself listening way into the night


    Any additional comments?

    The ending in so many books is often disappointing. In this novel Jodi Picoult has managed to sustain your interest right to the end and leave one wondering

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 03-28-13
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Picoult is back"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    I do love Jodi Picoult's books, except the one before this one. It was kind of awful, just my thought. I really enjoyed all the characters and loved how the story was told.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Again, I have no opinion.


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

    I don't really like this question.


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

    I don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want to stop listening to this book. I very much enjoyed it and recommend listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melody 03-28-13
    Melody 03-28-13
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    "One of Picoult's Best Books Yet"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes, and I plan on it. There is so much depth to her writing in this book. Normally the way she expounds on a description of a word or feeling comes across as a little cheesy in her other books, but in this book they were perfect and added so much to this poignant and heartbreaking story of so much loss and pain.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The final discovery of the journal. I can't say more without giving it away.


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

    How does it end?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Renata F. Barcelos 03-28-13 Member Since 2015

    “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” Tom Clancy

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    "Almost perfect"

    A wonderful, beautifully written sad and compelling story, almost ruined, IMHO, by the end. It simply didn't add to the character, I think, and left a bitter taste in my mouth...

    Still, I loved the journey. The audio edition is excellent, with several narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Poland, ME, United States 03-28-13
    Stephanie Poland, ME, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding - I can't stop listening"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 03-25-13
    Lisa chicago, IL, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great listen"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes really enjoyed and listened to this story whenever I got the chance.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite Piccoult books and I've read or listened to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Cypress, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Patricia Cypress, CA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Jodi Picoult's Best Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    I liked the way the reader simultaneously portrayed Sage's vulnerability and strength.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I am enjoying this story so much that I don't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 03-24-13
    Sarah Auckland, New Zealand 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic Jodi Picoult story"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lena Tracy, CA, United States 03-24-13
    Lena Tracy, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "POWERFUL !!!!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite, they were all equally good.


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

    This story will be with me for years to come.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel 03-23-13
    Laurel 03-23-13
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    "Contrived, Gut-wrenching, Predictable. That Order."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only recommend books that I love. Not books described in the headline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    Not likely.


    Could you see The Storyteller being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 5 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"
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    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.

    4 of 4 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
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    10/19/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    3/23/15
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    "don't judge a book by its cover"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    near the very top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the different narrators, because this enabled you to understand where the book changed pace, direction and enabled me to keep up with what was going on.


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

    this is the first book with any of these narators


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

    very connected to the book, I cried, sobbed, got angry, yelled, and swooned.
    The way it was written was very clever, despite the subject matter, I didn't feel sick at any of the gruesomes elements.


    Any additional comments?

    I was going to return this book originally as I thought it was a girly beach book. I am so glad I didn't. The write up for the book was completely misleading, I thought it was going to be shallow and pointless, I was stagger by content of the book, it was full to bursting point.
    This now ranks as one of the best books I have ever had the joy to read. the holocaust part was emotional, raw and I hope factual. totally captivating in every way and I felt lost once I finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danny Cater
    3/10/15
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    "Great book"

    fabulous book as all of jodi picoult novels are.
    great story, moving and addictive.
    historically factual with rich characters, the story had me from the first chapter

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sigrin
    Valdisere, France
    2/3/15
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    "Holocaust, morals and ethics"

    This is my second Jodi Piccoult book. I am drawn into them by the way she looks at all the characters and plays devils advocate when you do not expect it.
    Great narration for Minka and her story, I liked the character Sage as she was not flawless and very believable. For such a harrowing book, I did laugh out loud at the mess up of the funeral song, you will understand when you listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • julie
    1/11/15
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    "Absolutely fabulous"

    This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I've immediately downloaded another. The story was gripping, I didn't want to put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • trish
    10/14/14
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    "A must read...."
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent believable thoughtful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Storyteller?

    The grandmothers story of the german camps.....I had no idea!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like the way each person became alive


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

    Don,t listen to it at night.....you won,t sleep......too much for one sitting


    Any additional comments?

    My fav bit was the song for her mothers funeral.......sort of thing that would happen to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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