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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?

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  • Global
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  • Abby R.
  • 05/03/2013

Perfect title especially for the audio format!

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

Absolutely. I haven't read the print version, but this book lends itself to being the perfect book for the audio format. The story is told by many points of view, including different voices of narration, and you can't help but being sucked into the story. I couldn't wait to be able to listen more and found myself annoyed when life got in the way. A theme throughout the book is "How does it (the story) end?" I found myself wanting to know the same and what happens next the whole way through the book including right up to the very end. Overall, a great book and a moving story!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sage - her internal struggles with grief and loss and the uncanny friendship she finds in Joseph only add to her struggles with his admission of his past secrets. Listening (and imagining) Sage evolve, transform and struggle with the task presented to her was fascinating and thought provoking.

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

Minka - when she opens up and tells of her past, you are drawn in. Her story is captivating and the narration makes you feel like you are sitting in the room as she shares her past in the ghetto and concentration camps.

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

No, my reaction to this book would be better described as captivated or spell bound. I was sucked in. While I did laugh out loud a few times (thanks to Leo's wittiness), I actually didn't cry. More times I was disgusted by the conditions and life described so many Jews were subject to.

Any additional comments?

There were some great quotes included in this book that I caught myself jotting down.

"Good people are good people. Religion has nothing to do with it."

"It's amazing what you convince yourself of if you buy into the lie. You can believe, for example, that a dead-end job is a career. You can blame your ugliness for keeping people at bay when in reality, you're crippled by the thought of letting another person scar you more deeply. You can tell yourself it's safer to love someone who will never really love you back because you can't lose someone you never had...."

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  • Suzn F
  • 05/03/2013

The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster

This books begins with Sage Singer's life. She chooses to be a baker working alone at night she says, to hide her scar(s). She tells us "I leave the dough alone. It's silly to anthropomorphize bread......it needs to sit quietly, to retreat from touch and noise and drama in order to evolve and so do I". Sage is evolving; she rejects her religious heritage; she is an atheist.
She finds herself befriending a very old German man with a past that is perhaps entwined with her family somehow. She is faced with her Jewish roots. Sage must make choices that cause her to question her most basic beliefs.
I usually stay way from detailed stories about the Holocaust, I just find it too horrific. This author does go there. So just know to expect a detailed first person account of many atrocities.
I liked that the author is very serious and addresses these issues head on. And then at times Ms. Picoult made me giggle, she writes,“....tutoring a four year old to get into an exclusive preschool made as much sense as hiring a swim coach for a guppy......”
I liked this book because it held my interest throughout. Although at times, for me, Ms. Picoult's writing lacks something, it was easy for me to overlook because I was really hooked in the plot.
Overall this is a solid good book.

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  • Tom
  • 23/03/2013

Beyond hopes, let alone expectations

I will admit that I am a longtime fan of Jodi Picoult but this book ranks very high, possibly the best. I was able to foresee most of the twists but actually "living" the story rendered that irrelevant. I was truly riveted.

The performance was OUTSTANDING. Each of the 4 narrators were spectacular as well as each reader's performance exemplary. When a male character lapses into a quite decent Katherine Hepburn, I was blown away. The voices, accents and inflections were spot on!

I very highly recommend this book. I think it is well worth a peek regardless of personal views of the subject matter or the author.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06/03/2013

Wanted to Really like it...but didn't

I must start by saying I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and have read most of her books. (I did not like her last one, Lone Wolf.) I know she uses a formula but it usually works for me. This one didn't use her typical formula - sans courtroom scene. This was not one of my favorite Jodi books. I can't give you a good reason why though. It wasn't the Holocaust story line that bothered me. It was well done and obviously well researched. I felt like there were too many story lines and just too many parts that were not plausible.

I did not like the fable/ vampire part of the story at all. That is what may have ruined the book for me. It just kept getting in the way of the real story. I think the book would have been better without it. Also, I so wanted to get to know both brothers.

The ending was very predictable, so why wasn't it predictable to the main character?

I'd still recommend the book. The theme of forgiveness is one I will ponder for a long time. I am anxious to have my 25 year old daughter read it and see what she thinks.

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  • Sue
  • 03/03/2013

Interesting...different than I thought it would be

Based on the summary, I thought most of the story would be centered on Josef, however, it was more about Sage's grandmother, , a victim and survivor of the Holocaust. I think I was looking forward to a more in depth exploration of a SS officer during and after the war, and that is the reason why I haven't given this a 5. Having said this, it is a very good story with good narration. I really liked "My Sister's Keeper" and did not like at all "Lone Wolf", so Jodi Picoult books for me can be hit or miss. I guessed most of the ending, however, the book has made me think about the characters and what I liked and did not like about some of them, well after finishing the book. I would recommend this book to others.

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  • Lacy
  • 26/06/2017

Love Jodi Picoult, but this audio book confused me

The substance of the story was deep and extremely descriptive, but in the throws of everything, I lost track of who was who, and found myself confused and trying to figure out what exactly was happening to who, and when, etc.
Maybe it was the fact that the voices of the characters were too similar and hard to tell apart.
Either way, I was a bit lost as to what was happening to who throughout the majority of the story, though it was incredibly intriguing, descriptive and captivating.
Towards the end of it all, I figured it all out, but I just feel that I'd enjoyed it more had I been clearer on the different characters.

Jodi Picoult is an INCREDIBLE writer, and I have loved everything I've read by her; it's just that this particular book gave me a bit of confusion.

Bottom line, the story is enlightening and I actually ended up loving it; I just think I'd have had a more emotional connection throughout had I been able to decipher what voice was which character.
It was an incredibly descriptive and captivating novel, nonetheless.

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  • A. Koren
  • 11/03/2013

One of Picoult's best

Moral dilemnas, the most difficult of ethical considerations are embraced in this tale of a Nazi who wants to die at the hands of the granddaughter of one of his victims. Fascinating characters, incredible story within a story, this is a journey for the listener into the past most have forgotten. Visceral and heart wrenching this amazingly well told story is one of Picoult''s most interesting and absorbing books.

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  • Wendi
  • 05/03/2013

Best Novel from Picoult in Years

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

Overall, I felt that the perplexity and the fantastic chrarters are definitely the best part of 'The Story Teller. I was very hard to put down. I got lost in the points of view of the Holocaust, and then I found the point of view from a guard at Auschwitz. Picoult devles into th social history of the Holocaust, and tells the story from an officer who was there, and a woman who was there to take him abuses. She adds a certain 'human' element to each character, and displays their weaknesses, flaws, and strong points.

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

There are so many wonderful moments in The Story Teller, however the most memorable moment was when the grandmother is speaking, and tells of her best friend being murdered in front of her eyes even though she's not done anything wrong. The entire story was really very memorable and well done. It will stick with me forever.

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

I really loved the German accents, and the way the few lines in German sounded. I loved the different voices for each character.

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

I was especially moved when Sage, the granddaughter of the Holocaust survivor, learned of everything that had happened to her grandmother. The comparing of 'What if that would happen now?' is simply terrifying. Also, I cried a one point where a lady had to suffocate her baby to keep it quiet. (Won't say who)

Any additional comments?

I think this is the most intimate book Picoult has ever written and I could not put it down. It was a fantastic read.

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  • Sue
  • 28/02/2013

Always worth the wait

NO ONE can tell a story like Jodi Picoult. The narration is unbelievable. Perfectly fits the image she wants to portray I imagine. I do not know how a person can read when the narrators bring a story to life. I was a little nervous about this one...not being a fan of history or period pieces but as I said....Jodi just brings it to life.

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  • Tim
  • 18/06/2013

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.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • L.B.
  • 07/10/2018

Almost perfect

The story is riveting and Jodi Picoult once again describes everything so that you feel like you are a part if the story, not merely a listener.
The only thing that ruined the experience for me, was the fact that Edoardo Ballerini, who put his voice to Joseph, cannot speak German. Or if he does, he forgot about it when he voiced this book. He is a good narrator, but I am meant to imagine a German soldier, a Nazi, when I hear him in this book. Instead its a strange form of german-accented american/german something we are listening to. This could have, no this should have been casted better or at least someone should have helped him pronounce words more like they are meant to!
Otherwise a great book!

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  • jeanine zarth
  • Germany
  • 31/01/2018

Gut gemeint

Zeigt einbisschen Menschlichkeit trotz Stereotypen, schlechte Ästhetik, und leicht Behandlung einer schwerwiegende Thema. Falls man noch nichts darüber gelernt hat, ist es vielleicht eine gute Einleitung.

  • Global
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  • Gabriele Auer
  • 02/06/2016

spannend bis zum schluss

so mancher wird denken schon wieder so eine kz-juden-geschichte, aber diese ist anders!super interessant, blendend in wunderschöner sprache erzählt. toll gelesen. bin begeistert

  • Global
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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 19/05/2015

Gute Unterhaltung

Spannend aufgebaut mit vielen Subtexten, welche in der Hörfassung besonders gut zur Geltung kommen. Klare Hörempfehlung