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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?

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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.

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Funny, bleak, enlightening, unputdownable

Jodi Picoult IS indeed THE Storyteller of our time. All her books grab you at the start, envelope you in intriguing plots and then trash the rest of your life until the inevitable ending, which you put off by reading the last chapter, very, very slowly.

Being a lapsed Jew myself, who has assiduously avoided all things Holocaust (as my Sunday and Hebrew schools filled me to a lifetime capacity of the atrocities,) I've got to admit, Picoult, skillfully brought that dark period of time to life in a way I'd never read before. Admittedly interminable at times, her tale flew by due to the empathy she illicits by drawing such complex, fallible, intelligent characters. The examination of forgiveness was quite fascinating as well. Her dialogue just gets better and better with each novel. Not sure how she manages to elicit a chuckle in the same paragraph that grips your gut.

Since Picoult is such a studious researcher, with each book I learn so much and am of course amply entertained by her excellent dose of low self-esteem female, estranged to men, finding love with the policeman, detective, lawyer or loner. Love the way she weaves in a well crafted mystery, amidst the squabbling siblings and small town eccentrics.

It's interesting to me that another favorite author, Alice Hoffman, also just re-examined the Jewish culture she shed in her youth in a very fine, albeit somber re-telling of the Masada massacre in 70 CE. (hmm…. in The Storyteller the main character, Sage, finds on the bedstead in the apartment of the ex-Nazi "an Alice Hoffman novel.")

Why, in reexamining ones religious roots, would one goes to horrendous genocides instead of looking at the religion itself? Remember, I'm a Jew as well, but still don't see the point of going over and over how we over-came being victims in the past. Where are the novels examining what the Israeli Jews are doing to the Palestinians, and why?

OK, done being a kvetch. Do read The Story Teller because it is indeed an excellent listen and damn fine historical novel as well. (And then answer my question, please?)

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Never disappointed!

This again, was yet another story that had me estactic to be in my car daily. I was hooked on Picoults' work from my very first novel, Small Great Things. I have yet to come across any of her work descibed as medicore or "just okay". Do yourself a favor - indulge yourselves with her talent.

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phenomenal

First of all, the readers are hands down, the best I've heard. Standing ovation. And of course, our author is maybe the best there is. No words to describe this amazing story or the readers. I'm just blown away.

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Picoult never disappoints

Excellent narration by all.. Starts slowly and builds
I enjoyed it very much. So will you.

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  • 12-29-17

Beautiful compelling story. One of her best

Such a sad, happy and full story. Beautifully interwoven and so well told. A great listen.

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Excellent. She wove an incredible story.

I'm going to listen to it again. or maybe this time I will read this story from a book. The characters seem completely authenic. The story narrators were perfect for their parts in the story. Jodi Picoult's ability to paint this story with literally components that made the story pop with tidbits of life changing thoughts is mind boggling to me.
This was by far her best book. I'm impresses with her growth as an author.

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Loved it

Story was captivating. Only complaint is the ending is quite predictable. Otherwise a great read

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  • Jane
  • Manalapan, NJ, United States
  • 12-06-17

Held my interest

Enjoyed the story, or should I say stories, very much. Several stories interwoven throughout the book. Well written and well told by the performers. Would recommend.

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Bittersweet but beautiful

The storyline is pretty interesting, sad at times because of the main them but I enjoyed it still. Would have preferred slightly different outcomes and happier endings but that’s Jodi for you right there. Expect the unexpected

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  • Tricky_vix
  • 05-08-17

A transfixing tale

Full of warmth and bitterness, a book to help you remember and remind you to forget.

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  • Carly
  • 05-07-17

Mesmerising

Not my usual read but I was absolutely hooked. Three different stories cleverly rolled into one.

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  • MaMaMason
  • 05-01-17

Not for bedtime

I've found listening to this so upsetting and harrowing I've had to stop. It's an excellent book and well narrated but the descriptions of nazi atrocities are extremely graphic. If I was reading rather than listening I could pace myself, but as an audio book it's very immediate.

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  • sara pascucci
  • 05-01-17

good storytelling with bad ending

Interesting read, well researched and with great narrators. The ending on the contrary feels rushed

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  • Faye Lindsay
  • 12-27-16

Wow what a book

The story is fantastic, Minkas performance is excellent. Love this book as a read but the audio blew me away......

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  • 03-23-15

don't judge a book by its cover

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

near the very top

What did you like best about this story?

the different narrators, because this enabled you to understand where the book changed pace, direction and enabled me to keep up with what was going on.

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

this is the first book with any of these narators

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

very connected to the book, I cried, sobbed, got angry, yelled, and swooned.
The way it was written was very clever, despite the subject matter, I didn't feel sick at any of the gruesomes elements.

Any additional comments?

I was going to return this book originally as I thought it was a girly beach book. I am so glad I didn't. The write up for the book was completely misleading, I thought it was going to be shallow and pointless, I was stagger by content of the book, it was full to bursting point.
This now ranks as one of the best books I have ever had the joy to read. the holocaust part was emotional, raw and I hope factual. totally captivating in every way and I felt lost once I finished it.

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  • Danny Cater
  • 03-10-15

Great book

fabulous book as all of jodi picoult novels are.
great story, moving and addictive.
historically factual with rich characters, the story had me from the first chapter

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  • Sigrin
  • 02-03-15

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!

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  • julie
  • 01-11-15

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.

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  • trish
  • 10-14-14

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