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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Wausau, WI, United States 06-22-13
    Ruth Wausau, WI, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story - parts were hard to hear"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


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

    When the grandmother says to young Sage, "but look what is left of me" - very courageous brave old woman.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Leo and Sage, the playful bantor between these 2 -


    Any additional comments?

    The story telling by the grandmother became long and drawn out. After listening to the horror this woman went through, maybe I just didn't want to believe this could have possibly happened and the brutality continued and continued, but it did. Was it that it was long and drawn out, or did I want it to stop? enough - but it did continue, as did the suffering in reality.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Stay focused...it's great!"

    Another story that can't be enjoyed without your concentration, but worth the effort. This is not a subject matter I would normally chose, but after having enjoyed MOST of Jodi Picoult's books, I gave this book a whole-hearted listen. I was not disappointed! It was thoughtful & heartfelt, as with all her books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Otaki, New Zealand 05-08-13
    Barbara Otaki, New Zealand 05-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing for a Jodi Picoult book"
    Would you try another book from Jodi Picoult and/or the narrators?

    Yes because I have enjoyed previous books, particularly ones dealing with relevant topics.


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

    It seemed too uncoordinated


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators made the characters seem real


    Was The Storyteller worth the listening time?

    No


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 04-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Life's good when I am listening to a great book.

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    "It's Pretty Good."

    I have read many of Jodi Picoult's novels. This one ranked not as good as her first novel but certainly better than many given the difficult subject matter. As a story, I thought it was pretty good and held my interest but did get a bit fantastical. As a Holocaust study, I would say that it was a good way for a teen-ager to learn about the atrocities and magnitude of the crimes against mankind which took place in WWII. Also, the novel presented some important questions and food for thought about justice and forgiveness in an interesting manner. Overall, it held my interest but might be better suited for a teenage audience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-20-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "***Absolutely everything an audiobook should be***"

    This was simply the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to. The writing was beautiful, gripping, raw....the narration was FLAWLESS. bravo Jodi Picoult.... You will laugh, you will cry, you will feel your heart break in two.... This is. MUST MUST MUST have!!!!

    1 of 1 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

    sewkrazy

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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.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne 04-04-13
    Yvonne 04-04-13

    Vonne

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    "WONDERFUL!!"

    Loved this book. The characters are done so well I felt like I knew them. Lots of history steeped into this as well. I thought I had it figured out towards the end but got thrown a surprise. I wont spoil it for you. Great Listen worth the credit!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 04-14-13
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 04-14-13

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Picoult has regained her writing ability."

    I've read or listened to Jodi Picoult's books since her first novel was published. Sadly the past several have not been up to the first ones. "The Storyteller" is a big jump back to good writing.

    Because I've listened to many of her stories I'm quite used to the variety of narrators and, as usual, I think this system of narrating greatly adds to the story.

    Not a 5 star, but a good solid 4 star listen I highly recommend.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    General Zod Springfield, IL 02-22-14
    General Zod Springfield, IL 02-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "This book is a reason to have Audbile"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's an incredible story and worthy of all the high praise it receives and then some.


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

    The subject matter isn't unfamiliar but the way the story plays out is original so it's hard to compare it to anything.


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

    The grandmother....


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

    The training and killing done by SS Officers from their perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    This would make a very powerful movie or mini-series, and hopefully someone will do that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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