The Storyteller's Secret

A Novel
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5,005 ratings)

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From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.

Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi - her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant - who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

©2018 Sejal Badani (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved
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I give up

I’ve tried to listen to this book three times. Thinking at some point it would break out of the self-pitying overly-dramatic first person narrative voice. Ain’t gonna happen, and I ain’t gonna listen anymore. Deleting.

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Laughable narration, predictable plot line

I actually deleted the audio early on and transitioned to the readable version on Kindle out of frustration with the abysmal narrator. I was traveling, though, and desperate for something to listen to on the road so I re-downloaded the Audible version. It was still and truly a horribly painful performance, however, and as annoyingly disappointing as I had remembered.
The story itself was absolutely predictable. There is no secret here, folks, from a quarter into the story. “Revelation” was delivered totally as expected and right on schedule.
But it is the narrator who truly fails to deliver. I’ve lived in Asia for years, and I have never heard an Indian accent like the narrator’s sad imitation of one. In fact, when the dialogue is between the Indian character and the Brit I could hardly tell the difference- they were both ridiculous caricatures of authentic accents. Plus, the reader wins awards for the most overdrawn, over-earnest, over-enunciated and over-acted presentation, while at the same time managing to sound robotic.
All in all, I am baffled by many of the glowing reviews on this book, for so many reasons. My recommendation is if you want to meet the challenge of The Storyteller’s Secret, opt for the Kindle version.

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Nice story, didn't like narration

The story was average overall, but perhaps I would've enjoyed it more if I read the book myself. The narrator made Jaya sound constantly angry and irritated even when it didn't make sense to. Therefore I didn't feel any connection to her. The Indian accent was also lacking and all the Indian characters sounded the same. It was hard to tell at times who was speaking.

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C minus

Story seemed sophomoric, predictable and simplistic. Characters seemed contrived.
I almost quit listening several times but the narration and performance was so good that I continued until the end.

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Disappointed, but maybe with some editing...

This novel started well. The cultural references were fascinating. But the dialogue became cliche and the main characters began to contradict their core values. It became hard to trust the narration or believe the revelation of the plot.


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Contrived and Predictable

I really had to will myself to finish this book. The characters are one dimensional and poorly conceived and the story line often stilted with problems with pace - with the final chapters appearing terribly rushed.

If I hear the phrase ‘swiped away tears’ or the word ‘ministrations’ one more time I may lose it.

Performance was overall good however with occasional falters in accents.

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Great story, distracting narrator

Loved the story. The narrator, while very good at the different “voices,” reads at a different pace than I’m used to and/or puts emphasis in strange places within sentences and phrases. I found myself having to rewind (if only in my head) whatever was being said and “say” it right to myself so I could understand it. It could be just my own issue but I found it VERY distracting.

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Way too long

I read so many great reviews on this book, but I thought this book was long and boring. Was only interesting in the beginning and the very end. The parts in the middle were drawn out. Disappointed.

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wonderful

wonderful story. was very engaging, i couldnt stop listening. reccomend to all who like a tragic yet triumphant tell

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I can't think of any other book this heart worming

Not normally moved by the romance type of novel,s , this author moved even this
grumpy old mans heart

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  • Vicky Burge
  • 07-04-20

beautiful

one of the most beautiful stories ever ive had the privilege to experience, thank you

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  • Liz Poggiagliolmi
  • 05-02-20

Bawled my eyes out

Siiri Scott reads and brings this book to life which made me cry as we read of Amisha's heartbreaking life. Highly recommended!

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  • Whop Bop
  • 08-23-19

Marvelous

The author has brought to life both Asian culture and Western culture. Revealing some of the in-depth relationship challenges in marriage. The story delves within both cultures through 3 generations. We see Anglo -English differences at their rawest and the story seeks to bring forth a new conjoined acceptance and understanding, in the hope of a brighter future.

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  • JSBookworm
  • 08-19-19

Great Read

An interesting yet emotional turmoil of arranged marriages throughout the generations. Secret and lies. Thrilling.

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  • Bonesetter
  • 05-09-19

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The pronunciation of the Indians is atrocious. Indians even at the time of the story never spoke in a pseudo east European and Arabic accents. This proved to be very irritating.
The pronunciation of the Indian names was very bad. If the story is mainly in India the reader should learn the core pronunciation
I understand that the reader will be a English speaker but its rude not to get the pronunciation properly

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  • Alibaba
  • 02-13-19

great holiday read

struggled to get through the first chapters but it's worth pursuing. really good story. enjoyed

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  • KH
  • 02-03-19

Such a beautiful story!

Well written! Really felt for the charachters and thought about them even long after reading this book. Quite sad at times and wish there would be a sequel where some loose ends are tied up...loved it!

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  • carolyn
  • 10-02-18

Long read

Just about interesting enough to hold your attention , I wouldn't say it's full of excitement or intrique. Holiday read maybe .

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  • Morf
  • 09-03-18

the storytellers secret

I have no words, but I have a flood of tears, it's a heartfelt story, very emotional and told with feeling and , best book I have listened to in a long time

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  • linda goodall
  • 11-03-18

A book of wisdom

this beautifully written and narrated book is a treasure for all to be always gratefull.