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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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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 06-18-13

Multiple Voices

It's always a treat when you get to listen to more than one narrator to perform different characters in a book. It always helps the listener to identify their favorite characters in the story.

I'm not too familiar with Jodi Picoult's work. "The Storyteller" is only my second book from this author, but from what I've read so far, I really enjoy Picoult's writing, even though I belong to the male species. Her story telling is very engaging, but not gear to a specific gender unlike other romance authors.

I really enjoyed the fictional history with the grandma and her tale about the Holocaust. Part 2 in The Storyteller was excellent and I wanted to hear more, even though it was fiction.

Once I latch to an author, I have to read most of their novels. I will be purchasing more of Jodi Picoult's novels to expand my library.

The narration is one of the best that I've listened to this year because of the cast of readers.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 02-28-13

She has outdone herself!

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

I have about 400 books in my audible library, and this ranks among the best!

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

All of it.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

There are several narrators for all of the roles, and all were great.

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

The ending.

Any additional comments?

I have read all of Jodi Picoult's books, and they are all great but this one is the best.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Grace
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 08-23-17

The moral debate is not convincing

Sage's final actions are nor congruent with the debate she has in her head. It felt almost sensationaliized at the end. The allegory of the undead Alex also does not fit too well either.

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Only ok

I really love historical fiction. But this is the first one I have read a by Jodi Picoult and I am sad to say I did not love it. I was often confused by who was talking and weather we where in the present or the past. And the weird story the grandmother told made me even more confused. The characters I wanted to like ended up being disappointing. I like story's and characters that stay with you. That make you want to be better. This is NOT that story!! If you want a great historical fiction that will stay with you read Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

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  • Nancy
  • San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States
  • 09-21-16

The Storyteller

I am not sorry that I listened to this book if for nothing else then to have the vivid reminder of what mankind can do to each other in the name of War or God or whatever excuse they find. I didn't think however that this story blended well and I felt the boy, girl love stuff was silly considering that the bulk of the story was about the Holocaust.
It is so horrific that at times it was hard to listen to, but listen you must.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Moderately suspenseful

I stuck with this book until the end but in parts I was tempted to abandon ship. Some parts really dragged, and the transitions to the different points of view was awkward at best. The narrators were very good.

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Mixed Feelings

First I have to say the readers were excellent especially the voice of Minka. The book as a whole was for me a little too dependent on incredible coincidences . The denouement was pretty predictable. Having said all that, however, I listened to the end and it certainly kept my interest. Just not up to Ms Picoult's other books.

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Good but not for me- great vocals though.

It took me till chapter 25-30 before I started to like this book. For me, the characters seemed unrelatable- but that's just me I'm sure. I caught the big final twist way back when Joseph was hospitalized and it bothered me from that point on, but at least in the end it was covered. I guess I just wasn't as surprised by the plot twist as I hoped to be. I do feel that the side story- Anya's story- was essential and in the first 25 chapters it was the only reason I kept going. I would still recommend this book but only if you don't have anything else in mind to listen to.

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Remembering again

Back in the 70's and 80's I read a myriad of books relating to WW11 from many different authors. I was never so much interested in the military angle but more so the stories of the Jews and others that were caught up in Germany's blunder. Many great authors such as Leon Uris, James Michener's Poland (why are none of his books on audio?) and Ken Follett to name a few. Going into this book I was not aware that so much of this book would be a first person account of a very believable story about Auschwitz. The story is wonderful all the way around. Also, great narrators. I think that whether you have any knowledge about that time period or not this is a great listen. . This is the second book by Picoult that I have purchased and both books have stayed with me. I find myself thinking about them still many weeks later.

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  • Caroline Whitmore
  • 01-18-16

Brilliant

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

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  • kate
  • 12-28-15

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.

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  • Mc374
  • 12-16-15

Great story pity about the ending

I enjoyed this story up until the last chapter. Felt the strong story line could have done with a more dramatic ending.

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  • Jan
  • 12-01-15

Great listen

Would you consider the audio edition of The Storyteller to be better than the print version?

Not read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors and this one does not disappoint

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

Different voices for each character help to follow the story

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

Yes. This is a very gritty story which is painful to listen to at times. It is sobering to think that it is set in world war 2 but similar atrocities are happening today

Any additional comments?

Jodi Picoult at her best

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  • Sally
  • 05-17-15

Great read

Riveting story of people involved in different ways around the holocaust. I could not put it down.

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  • W
  • 10-19-14

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.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Greet
  • 02-03-14

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.

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  • Kay Cookson
  • 12-05-17

Excellent

One of the best books from this author I have read. Throughly enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.

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  • JaneyKay
  • 09-11-17

Heart wrenching and brilliant

Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

Yes I think I would because there was so much subtlety in the writing.

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

It was full of emotional memorable moments. Mienke's time in Auschwitz is horribly well done,

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

No I haven't. They were all good and well cast.

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

It made me feel very sad and made me think how I would act up I were Sage.

Any additional comments?

Well crafted, well performed... I Recommend!

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  • Sarah
  • 09-07-17

typical Piccoult fayre

there will be an unlikely romance for someone who is damaged through family tragedy, a moral dilemma and an open ending.

everything you would expect from Piccoult. it's good but when all her books have the same forumla it does sent the enjoyment as you can see what's coming.

I liked the different voices for the storytellers

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  • Rhetta
  • 04-13-17

heart breaking at times uplifting in others

I have a toddler so certain parts just made me cry but that being said I got drawn into the story once Sage's Grandma narrative kicked in.
loved the book. definitely recommend.

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-10-16

Average Read

The book frustrated me in the end. The story and characters just didn't ring true for me.

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  • Margaret
  • 11-17-16

gripping read

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

I would rate this book rather highly, Not the usual genre I read, and didn't think I would enjoy it, but I couldn't have been more wrong!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Minka, she shows a strength of character throughout.

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

No I didn't, as there were often things I needed to digest, which I rather like in a book

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  • Deborah
  • 10-24-16

First time in ages when I didn't want the book to end!

Very detailed and gripping, good narrative and absorbing story. How much is based on truth?

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  • Lisa
  • 10-01-16

Magnificent

What made the experience of listening to The Storyteller the most enjoyable?

The twists and turns in the story. The beautiful language that painted the most amazing pictures.

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  • Grace
  • 05-28-16

amazing

jodi picoult's story telling is fantastic as always.
confronting at times but incredible story.
loved the narrators

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  • natalie harris
  • 05-22-16

wonderful to listen to

I was captivated by the tale, it was interesting and an emotional roller coaster, highly recommended.

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  • Natalie
  • 05-06-16

I have listened to this book many many times!!!!

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

This is one of my all time favourites. I just love every bit of it.

What did you like best about this story?

The story told by Sage's grandmother is very powerful. I have listened to her section of the book ....um well too many times!!!

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

Very much so. The interconnectedness between Joseph and Minka is riveting.

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

Absolutely nothing. All of the narrators were great.

Any additional comments?

Buy it ......you won't ever regret this purchase!!

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  • Helen
  • 04-16-16

Didn't want it to end

I really enjoyed this book, clearly the author had undertaken in depth research into the holocaust which added to the story. It was an emotional story but full of suspense and a joy to listen to. Loved it.

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  • Christine M Walker
  • 03-22-16

Great book kept me enthralled

Loved the book. Listened to it on a long car journey. Kept my husband and I fully entertained.