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The Storyteller Audiobook

The Storyteller

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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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    Nina Bratislava, Slovakia 12-08-15
    Nina Bratislava, Slovakia 12-08-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Utterly predictable"

    I just couldn't get myself to finish this book. After less than a half an hour's listen I was convinced I knew what the plot's twist would be and... bang, an hour in later that was exactly it. Although I do like Picoult's style and enjoyed the narrative I just couldn't sit thtough it to see if there is some hidden turn which I might miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ejodee 01-18-15
    ejodee 01-18-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Poor transitions, smarmy story"
    What would have made The Storyteller better?

    This is not a kind review I guess. I was trying out Picoult because had heard she is admired. Will not be writing any more poor reviews For this author I promIse; because I will never try another book of hers. She is 'not for me'.

    I might have finished the book as a time filler but the audio transitioned poorly. When multiple characters tell a story it would not kill the audiobook editors to insert a spoken caption between characters. Especially when a female narrator does multiple characters, but a male narrator is used for the one male character. Weird. On top of which, as the story unfolds you realize one thread is a story inside the story, while the rest are just the story. If you think my description was inelegant imagine experiencing it as a listener who does not suspect how the book is laid out.

    The second reason I couldn't get through the book was that it was that icky chick lit bunkum that I can't tolerate. Heroine who is horribly disfigured but actually strikingly beautiful, plus an orphan; noble Harvard lawyer who although sticking with the program, realizes after he graduates that the culture is not a good fit, ditches it all for a low paid position as Nazi tracker (with is frankly winding down from attrition these days and is difficult to picture as a calling for a young, sharp, and motivated man who wants to make a difference); Nazi SS guard hiding in plain sight, in the same small town as a holocaust survivor; Jewish mother; vampires; generations of amazing bakers (who are related but who are also each self taught because baking is a genetic gift not a skill); a nun who spurned her vows but has regular epiphanies. And a little dog too.

    I should have known that I would be intolerant of such a mix of characters unless the book was a genre- bending meta sendup. I am deeply sorry to Picoult lovers and the author for a nasty review, but for my fellow eye-rollers who feel like they have heard it all and are looking for a new author: Picoult's probably not for you either.


    Has The Storyteller turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Didn't need to. Never liked them in the first place.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrators were good but transitions between characters perspectives was absent and confusing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Storyteller?

    Didn't get through book. Would have added audio captions when switching between characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 09-03-13
    mindusq san francisco 09-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    "Made me feel good to be an American"

    How many novels, nonfiction accounts, documentaries and movies have I watched about the Holocaust? My mother even worked at the Simon Wiesenthal Center. I figure I've had my fill of understanding that hideous time in history and yet...I was compelled, once again, to listen to the grotesque details, to ponder the evil and fortitude of human beings and to wonder what I would have done if I'd been alive then.

    And then when the heroes show up to rescue the prisoners, I felt that wonderful elation I always do, to be on the side of the good guys who sent Hitler and his minions running for their lives.

    Evocative writing with fresh details and intimate performances all the way around. Learned new things and even had to look up Schutzhaftlagerführer in Wikipedia.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-13
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Can't do another one of these."

    Perhaps if this is your first book about the Holocaust, this might be the right book for you. For me, I've read too much about it and am so bothered by it that I nearly had to stop listening. I was expecting a different kind of book and with a different angle. Not so. There's an added dimension with the brothers but it all comes down to the same evil. I simply can't bear it. I wish I'd never listened to it.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 03-10-13
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not riveting... Slightly weird"

    I have LOVED most of Picoult's books (Nineteen Minutes, Sister's Keeper, Salem Falls are favorites) but Lone Wolf was a disappointment and I hoped it wasn't the dreaded Big Author Slide, but alas it appears to be the case.

    Normally, it's fun to have all of the seemingly unrelated facets and characters of a story merge together but this was so disjointed and all over the place (that vampire/werewolf attempt was bizarre) that I found myself suddenly thinking Wait....Whaaat.?

    The book seems a bit thrown together, the only part that seemed to be well researched and well written was the Holocaust portion with the remainder of the book as fluff and filler. Bummer.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Rina A. Stein Wooster, OH 04-08-13
    Rina A. Stein Wooster, OH 04-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Not for me."
    What was most disappointing about Jodi Picoult’s story?

    I just figured out something. This book desperately needed to be edited. I made it to the second download and felt I did not know much more than I knew by Chapter 3. I was wondering why the author keep repeating the same information over and over. I am ready to start Chapter 7 and still don't know why the main character has a scar and further more I no longer care. Then it hit me...a book that has 2 to 3 downloads costs a bunch more than one where the entire book requires only one download. I think this encourages repetitive, long, drawn out stories that could have easily been edited into a concise and more enjoyable experience. After a while it just becomes blah, blah, blah.
    Also, if I had known it was a story involving reference to the holocaust I would not have purchased it in the first place. I do remember and appreciate that horrid event in human history, but to me it is a cheap way to give a story meaning. I have read a number of books where the holocaust is the central theme like Schlindler's List and The Pianist and for me they are stories that help you see and remember. But, The Storyteller uses the holocaust to get the character where she needs to go. So my review is based on half the story because I cannot make it to the end. This is only my opinion and I note that many people really liked this book as you can see by the other reviews.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

    Very nice.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-03-16
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 05-03-16 Member Since 2001
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    "The Storyteller"
    Any additional comments?

    A Jodi Picoult novel, narrated by Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, Suzanne Toren, and Fred Berman. The Storyteller is just over 18 hours of listening in the audiobook format.

    There are near 10,000 reviews, you need not go far for a synopsis of plot.

    No issues with narration, it’s fine.

    These comments are directed to the overall impression of mixing a diabolical historical event still an open sore to survivors/descendants, and a mythical SciFi character. The Storyteller very typically Picoult, well written, a page turning mystery with considerable research, a vivid imagination, or a combination of both.

    The story within the story is a part of the book I didn’t particularly like - it was extraneous to the heart of the tale - one of the darkest eras of humanity, the holocaust. That segment of the story devoted to modern day Nazi hunting and the memories of Minka through a ghetto, box cars, multiple concentration camps, multiple losses of family and friends, Nazi visceral brutality and genocide, etc., is a gripping tale. These segments are interrupted with another story however, the fictional tale of a vampire - Minka’s writings and link to sanity during her ordeal.

    The overall story had me completely lost, initially, until I figured out that the vampire story was Minka’s writings. I had trouble grasping this; it was so bizarre and unrelated to the holocaust. Even Picoult’s effort to weave the vampire tale into a Nazi siblings relationship at the end of the book is a bit silly.

    I’m torn with liking/recommending this book. I guess if you like the work of Picoult, you’ll like the book. The Storyteller isn’t the best holocaust book, nor is it the best vampire book - but it is a Picoult novel. Not her best, though.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 04-01-16
    Sher from Provo Utah 04-01-16 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Her best so far"

    I have read other Jodi Picoult books and have enjoyed them a lot, but I loved this one. My favorite part by far was the Grandmother's Story. So powerful. I thought Picoult did a masterful job of pulling so many personalities together in a complicated yet totally believable way. My heart was in this story from the beginning. I am not at all sure I liked or agreed with the way it ended, but it has given me a lot to think about, and that is one of the marks of a good book.

    The narrators were wonderful! Especially the grandmother. :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 05-07-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 05-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    "Saw the "surprise twist" coming a mile off"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly. As much as it was engaging throughout, some questions were answered much too late or not at all, and the major plot twist was too similar to that of another (more expertly told) quietly suspenseful work: Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't wait so long to tell Minka's story. Don't repeat over 20 times the lines "My father trusted me with the details of his death" and "But in the end, I was too late" and then fail to deliver on a definitive father/death scene. Don't wait so long to tell why the young female narrator has a disfigured face and a guilty conscience...and then, when you do tell it, do try to give sufficient detail so that both those facts somehow make sense and remain vivid in the mind of the reader!


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

    No, I dont think I have heard any of these multiple narrators before, although all were good. I particularly enjoyed Leo and Minka.


    Do you think The Storyteller needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Possibly, if only to explain the unlikely way in which the essentially decent young female narrator, Sage, would rationalize her decision to continue to hide the truth about her onetime friend, Josef, from her new (and presumably lasting) romantic partner at the end of this book.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    yvonne5588 Austin, TX, United States 05-20-13
    yvonne5588 Austin, TX, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. The narration was done by very talented individuals.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending was surprising and not expected. So many details of the story kept you hanging on.

    Some authors try to capture an audience many adjectives and numerous descriptions that leave little for imagination; this often bores me. This author secured my attention with critical details and a provoking story. If you like to think while you listen and reflect consistently, this is the book for you.


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

    Mila, Her voice was so genuine. It never sounded as if she was reading text but revealing accounts as if they just happened. If was captured by her tone, pauses and her pitch. I have listened to this book twice and I'm about to start the third time.


    2 of 3 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"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 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
  • Jennifer Taylor
    8/29/16
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    "Simply The Best Book I have read!"

    From the beginning it hooks you. The characters are fascinating and I honestly felt I was missing them when I had to stop listening to the book inbetween opportunities to listen. I don't want it to end. Harrowing at times, addictive yes, beautiful throughout. Thank you JP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natasha
    2/15/16
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    "thought provoking"

    fantastic! was hooked immediately, really got drawn into this book. made me think about things in a different way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gillian
    1/25/16
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    "Great listening. Fantastic storytelling!"

    This was great. I had never read any of this author but it's made me want to read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline Whitmore
    1/18/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Jodi as always draws and holds you throughout
    With a gripping story which descriptions that paint perfect picture in your mind
    Thoroughly enjoyed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kate
    Stirling, Australia
    12/28/15
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    "Major flaw in the plot"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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?


    What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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