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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Yvonne Austin, TX, United States 05-20-13
    Yvonne Austin, TX, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2015
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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.


    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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    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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    eddie 10-11-13
    eddie 10-11-13
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    "Too much backstory"

    This book could have been two separate novels. I lost interest in the main story after hours of nonstop backstory, which could have been a novel on its own.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 08-13-13
    MissSusie66 08-13-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story and well crafted historical fiction"

    The male narration was beautifully done Edoardo Ballerini as Josef was fantastic and completely believable and Fred Berman as Leo reminded me a bit of Scott Brick ( I am a fan so that is a compliment), however the voices of Jennifer Ikeda as Anya and Mozhan Marno as Sage sounded very similar at first until Suzanne Toren as Minka started telling her story then I could finally hear a clear definition of Anya’s story. I am glad they said who was narrating which part at the beginning because I would have guessed Minka was Jennifer & Anya was Suzanne. All in all I would highly recommend this on audio.

    The different views/stories were very interesting and very well done it was really interesting to hear Minka & Josef’s different views of the holocaust , Minka’s story broke my heart as well it should but she had a couple decent people help her out even though they were employed by the Nazi’s they still saved her life a couple times. Also Anya’s story about the Wampir (sp.audio) was almost eerie considering what Minka lived after she started writing this story.

    I liked the character of Sage, scarred inside and out from a car accident, she keeps to herself works nights so she doesn’t have to see other people or more so no one sees her. Her boyfriend is a married man and I think she likes this safe no commitments relationship because she never has to go out in public together. She attends a grief counseling group where she meets an old man named Josef they strike up a friendship until Josef comes clean with her and tells her of his horrendous past and asks her to do the unthinkable and so begins the moral dilemma that is the premise of this book.

    I would highly recommend this book to all as a great story and well crafted historical fiction.

    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.

    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
  • 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
  • L. Mcfarlane
    Saltburn-by-the-sea
    9/12/14
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    "Heartbreaking and Wonderful in Equal Parts"

    I love Jodi Picoult and this is the first of her books I have listened to (altho I also have the paperback). The narration is excellent and added to the depth of the story for me, I guessed at the twist early in the tale, but it doesnt spoil the ending, in fact I thought it made the revelations even more poignant. Another winner from Jodi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/7/14
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    "The lives I have known"
    If you could sum up The Storyteller in three words, what would they be?

    Hell and back


    What did you like best about this story?

    Three stories in one. The story Sage is living, her grandmother experience in Nazi Germany and the story Sage grandmother has written.


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

    Sage. Sage is having an internal struggle with herself. On one hand she is living with the guilt of her mothers death and the scars on her face. On the other hand can she forgive Josephs his crimes against the Jews during the war. Is it her place to forgive. Can she forgive herself for living while her mother died.


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

    When, as a young girl, Sage grandmother witnessed the cold blooded murder of her friend and the subsequent beating, leaving her battered and broken.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story. I will no doubt listen to it again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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