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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, Mozhan Marnò, Jennifer Ikeda, Fred Berman, A Full Cast Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Sage Singer has never been much one for other people. Always considered a loner, the baker finds herself short of company until she finds herself befriending Joseph Weber, one of the most popular old men in her community. He's an astounding gentleman: retiree, schoolteacher, little league coach. That's why it takes her by such surprise when he asks her to kill him.

Sage is shocked, and with good reason, until he lets go his deepest, darkest secret: Joseph was once a Nazi SS guard. He lives with the guilt of his position every day, and it's too much for him to bear. What's more, Sage's grandmother was a holocaust survivor. Sage is stuck in an odd place...and with it comes many questions. If Sage kills him...is it revenge, or evil? Can evil be expunged by good acts? If she was friends with such darkness...what does that make her? The questions linger in her mind.

The Storyteller is sure to delight any Picoult fan.

Jodi Picoult is one of America's most beloved and prolific authors. Born May 19, 1966, she was raised in Long Island by a non-practicing Jewish family. Her publishing career started early, and she wrote two stories in Seventeen magazine before even graduating college. She then went on to get a writing degree from Princeton university, and from there almost immediately began penning novels. Today, there are more than 14 million copies of Picoult's books in print, and she has won several literary awards in the genres they cover.

Some stories live forever…

Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t, and they become companions.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret—one that nobody else in town would ever suspect—and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identity suddenly challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths we will go in order to protect our families and to keep the past from dictating the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Picoult is no stranger to tackling difficult issues. Her latest page-turner confronts the oft-explored subject of the Holocaust with skill, starkness, and tremendous sensitivity. The characters’ stories are compelling, but the stellar storyteller here is Picoult, who braids the quartet of intersecting tales into a powerful allegory of loss, forgiveness, and the ultimate humanity of us all. Her myriad fans are in for satisfying doses of everything they’ve come to expect from her: compulsive readability, impeccable research, and a gut-wrenching ‘Aha!’ of an ending.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This new novel by bestselling author Jodi Picoult places readers again in the center of an ethical knot and dares them to untie it.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This is a powerful and riveting, sometimes gut-wrenching, read, in which the always compelling Picoult brings a fresh perspective to an oft-explored topic.”


  • “Ambitious…A fictional testament as horrifying as it is suspenseful.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A 2014 Booklist Top of the List Pick for Women's Fiction
  • A 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Nominee for Ficiton

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rachael Stone | 2/20/2014

    " What an awesome book... totally keeps you captivated with history and some drama and romance! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginny | 2/16/2014

    " This is not an easy book to read for many reasons. It's many stories within a story which can be confusing. It's over 450 pages but told like only Jodi Picoult can, with great writing and research. One of the stories is about the Holocaust, graphic and intense. The other stories revolve around a young baker with a scarred face, her family, and the secrets of the past. And the last story is about Leo, a lawyer who tries to find war criminals and make them pay for their crimes. Love his character. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because I had a hard time understanding why Sage, so quiet and reserved, makes it her quest to out Josef. It's really not in her character. I know she loves her grandmother but... I also did not like the ending. At all. I did like that the story was about forgiveness and loved how it was explained by Sage's boss Mary: forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. Lots of great lines in this book. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 2/13/2014

    " This is an excellent novel, centered around a young Jewish girl in Germany during WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/9/2014

    " Her best! "

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