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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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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 01-13-14
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2005
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    "I don't get it"

    I read Picoult's website, carefully examining her reason for why she wrote this story, but I don't get it. If she thinks she has added to the body of knowledge of the Holocaust, she is sadly mistaken.

    This story has a novel twist in it, but only one. It brings nothing new to the table regarding the Holocaust survivors. In fact, I just finished reading a few months ago the memoirs of women survivors in A Train in Winter before starting the Storyteller. In so many ways Storyteller repeats the exact same story. Picoult brings no new ways of understanding personal dynamics in the camps, no new ways of understanding survivors or their offspring. I'm to going to accuse her plagiarism, but scene for scene in the march out of the camp to the next camp, I could have been in the other book. Yes, I realize she used a lot of research but she should have read the body of literature out there already to be original.

    I read A Train in Winter for book club; Storyteller for my own entertainment because I liked My Sister's Keeper. Picoult's Storyteller is one dimensional. For a nuanced look at suffering in WWII and a book which brings a new perspective to the table, try The Book Thief, or go see the movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 11-25-13
    Lisa 11-25-13
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    "Excellent"

    I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult, though I don't like all of her books. I think Storyteller is her best book ever. It is not what I expected but that is a good thing. It starts off slow but that information is needed to build the story. Stay with it and you will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lesli 11-23-13
    Lesli 11-23-13 Member Since 2015

    avid bookworm

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    "riveting!!!!!!"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


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

    the narrators succeed in bringing each character to life


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

    the entire section devoted to her grandmothers story was captivating. I became completely lost in the tale and when it returned to the current day portion of the story I had honestly forgotten all about the original premise for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Jodi Picoult continues to create classic reads that will endure. highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ReluctantReader 11-21-13

    I don't look anything like that figurine, just love the fact that she's holding a book like that.

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    "Predictable and Amazing"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to the entire thing, I would listen to Minka's Story again. I found it Heart wrenching and enthralling. Also I would listen to the story Minka wrote. Even though I liked Leo, even if he was (to me) a little too good to be true. I wouldn't want to listen to the story between him and Sage...unless his first question to her was - where's Eva? We walked into the house and Eva wasn't here - where's Eva Sage? And if indeed she did have Eva, why would she have had her if she didn't know what had happened?


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

    Two friends, a bad tooth and a fountain pen. When someone loves you - they'll do anything to help you.


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

    The Narrator Suzanne Toren brought Minka's memories to life in a way hearing it read in my own head by my own voice -never would have.


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

    Yes I did shed a tear listening to Minka. And I laughed with Sage at a moment when the person whose face she laughed in - somehow didn't expect it,


    Any additional comments?

    There was a point when Leo went to speak to Minka - and I knew how it would end - I felt it was the only way it should end, and was I pleased that it did end that way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PJBooper 11-21-13
    PJBooper 11-21-13
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    "One of the Best Books I have Heard in Ages"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A 10 out of 10. This is a great story and the characters were interweaved with great precision. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minka was my favorite character. When listening to her tell her story, I sometimes forgot I was listening to an audio book and I found myself feeling like her story was told from the experiences of a real person.


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

    I haven't listened to the narrators' other performances, but I thought they were all excellent in their rendition of the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey BOYNTON BEACH, FL, United States 11-18-13
    Lindsey BOYNTON BEACH, FL, United States 11-18-13
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    "Captivating!"

    The Storyteller is an emotional family story that is so well written. Jodi Picoult does such an amazing job describing the characters and really makes you connect with them. A couple good twists and turns as well! The narration is some of the best I've heard in an audio book so far. The great narration helps even further to mold the great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Goodlettsville, TN, United States 11-15-13
    Leslie Goodlettsville, TN, United States 11-15-13
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    "Could not stop listening!"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing Minka's story blew me away. I wanted to listen to her for hours.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula SUMMERFIELD, NC, United States 11-11-13
    Paula SUMMERFIELD, NC, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2014

    Loves to shop

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    "Intense"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was dark, but an amazing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The weaving of two stories within one.


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

    No, but it was wonderful.


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

    The atrocities committed against Jews as described in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    It is quite intense and took me a while to listen as I could only deal with small portions at a time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Typical page turner from Jodi Picoult"

    It lost me a bit in the middle, but otherwise this is yet another fine example of JP's talent for writing a great story with satisfying twists and turns. Recommended.

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    John tallevast, FL, United States 08-27-13
    John tallevast, FL, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2011

    List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen

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    "I could have made it an easy five - But"

    But the ending didn't pan out exactly as I had hoped.... It came out the way I expected - It just went a little around the houses to get there, and in an order I would have liked to have seen different. How old am I really right? Around the houses - Yikes..... I can't explain it better. I think there could have been alternate endings.
    I was riveted through the first two part and most of the third.... I mean riveted.. The story was told wonderfully. It confirmed once again how good my life is and how bad it could have been if I was born in any other time period. Or if i was born another color, Or if I was born in another country. My worst wouldn't compare to some peoples best. This book was full of strength and resolve. I am very glad I downloaded this book.

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    BOGNOR REGIS, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
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    "well researched emotional roller coaster"
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    This was a very well written book, but it was so unrelentingly horrible that I felt quite down at times. Not something I would like to listen too again

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    Pontypridd, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "Not your normal Piccoult, but totally gripping!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because we should never forgot the holocaust and it's effect on people's lives... this book illustrates that so well; it is extremely well written and not heavy-handed in it's treatment of the topic.


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

    Josef's recounting of the things he did in such a matter-of-fact way was my most memorable moment.


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

    Minka was my favourite character, I was right there with her throughout and she was totally believable.


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

    Josef's last words to sage was the moment in the book where I nearly cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Go for it, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M.B.Demper
    Wanssum, Netherlands
    6/21/13
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    "Intense and touching"
    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    I will certainly listen to The Storyteller again as I loved the plot and the characters. I couldn't stop listening to it. It was my first audio book and it made me hungry for more!
    I liked the different story lines that connect at the end.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I liked the story of the grandmother very much, very touching. It made me realize once more what a hell concentration camps must have been.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Forgiveness : the bread of life?


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I didn't like was Josef's German accent, it didn't ring true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keely
    Southsea, United Kingdom
    6/21/13
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    "Awesome - had me in tears"
    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josef


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the different narrator's as it brought the characters to life


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

    When Sage's grandmother died, and when you found out who Josef really was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    6/1/13
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    "Harrowing but good."

    Not the easiest book to listen to and I thought the narrator wallowed a bit in the Holocaust details but a good listen all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
    5/22/13
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    "Very moving"

    I listen to my audiobook in bed via ipod and at first found the story content a bit disturbing for bedtime reading BUT it had me hooked and I couldn't stop listening to this very harrowing but incredibly well written tale. The horrors that the Jews suffered during WW2 were spelled out in detail and although this was a fictional book what made it more disturbing was that
    horrors like these actually took place. What a story with incredible twists and turns. I wouldn't want to give away too many details and spoil anyones future read BUT be assured you will be moved beyond words !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kay
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    5/20/13
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    "compulsive listening"

    Wow this is an amazing book, it is very thought provoking and certainly made me realise how much we should appreciate living in a free country. Having read several Jodie Picoult books I can say this is one of her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. C. Young
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    5/4/13
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    "Excellent listening!"

    Jodi is one of my favourite writers but this has excelled all I have read of hers previously. It was well written and well told gripping my interest from beginning to end. The different voices were brilliant and I felt as if I was 'seeing' each character as they were portrayed.Good twist at the end too so nothing (as always, from her writings) predictable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • emma
    4/8/14
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    "My favourite audiobook in a long time!"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    This book was great! I really enjoyed listening to it. The reader was excellent and pulled off quite a few different accents very well. The story was compelling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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