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Author: Jodi Picoult Narrator: Suzanne Toren, Edoardo Ballerini, Mozhan Marnò, Jennifer Ikeda, Fred Berman Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781470335885
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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.

Jodi Picoult's poignant #1 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? Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie B | 10/14/2018

    " Great book. Would definitely recommend!! History lesson as well as great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/12/2018

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK! I rarely ever read books twice but I could probably do it with this book. But I am always interested in WW2 Germany history. The story is heartbreaking and beautiful all at once. And in typical Jodi Picoult fashion, the ending is never quite what you expect it to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/4/2018

    " Excellent book!!! I couldn't put it down. The ending wasn't what I would have wanted but oh well. I'm sad that it's over and I have to move on to another book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 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 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 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 Liz | 2/9/2014

    " Her best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 2/5/2014

    " Well researched & well told story of the Holocaust, from the other side. Truly captivating & informative story of events from the most tragic part of history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/4/2014

    " I didn't think I could be disappointed by Picoult, but I was in this book. Her narrative structure was a stretch for no good reason, and instead of the seamless flow I have come to love about her, I found myself skipping much of the narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish | 2/3/2014

    " I listened to this book on audio and there were times it was hard to keep going - it's such an awful story of a girl in Auschwitz - but it's superbly written. A challenging but great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/20/2014

    " I really liked the subject. It is facinating to see how jewish people were treated and very disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/16/2014

    " Between a 3 1/2 and 4. It took me a while to get in to, but once I did, I was hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellyn | 1/14/2014

    " Very painful, detailed Holocaust story ... so much so that I read the final 200 pages in one day because I wanted it to be over. Picoult, as usual, is a compelling storyteller herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/11/2014

    " Loved the way she weaved the stories together. Much research went into this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taleia | 1/4/2014

    " This book was EXCELLENT!! I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I admired Monks for her courage and strength to keep going. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/31/2013

    " I'm not a huge Jodi Picoult reader but this book was s pleasant surprise. It tackled a sensitive subject in a fresh way. The roller coaster ride of emotions you feel for the main characters keeps you wanting more. Highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caz | 12/20/2013

    " hmmmm this was hard to rate. It took me about 100 pages to get into it. yet after that the story line was good and a good twist at the end but it was lacking something dont know what. but other than that I enjoyed it but it took me ages to read as I wasn't hooked by it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I haven't been crazy about Jodi's last couple of books, but this one was wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 11/23/2013

    " very surprised!!!! not the usual for jodi picoult "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 10/24/2013

    " Loved this book. There are 2 main connecting storylines. I loved Minka's story. So heartbreaking and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerty | 8/11/2013

    " One of Jodi Picoults better novels. I really liked this one, so glad my friend encouraged me to read it, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 8/7/2013

    " The best of her books! I enjoyed every word...SO sad it's over!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 8/2/2013

    " There are so many aspects to WW2 that we've either forgotten or never realised happened. Picoult includes so many of the atrocities that occurred in this book, and turned it into a read that I won't forget for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jg | 7/17/2013

    " I have just finished Jodi Picoult's newest book Storyteller. Although I didn't like her last book I have loved all the others. This new book takes a hard look at hate, love , forgiveness and family. It's told in 4 different voices and goes back to the Holocaust. Kept me turning pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 5/2/2013

    " Jodi Picoult writes yet another wonderful story addressing an issue most of deal with everyday- forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 4/29/2013

    " Loved the twist at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/7/2013

    " This book is amazing! Each character brings their own views to combine into a revealing and powerful story. "

About the Author

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned #1 New York Times bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, and many others. She studied creative writing at Princeton University and received her masters from Harvard. Picoult has won numerous awards for her work, most notably an Alex Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with her family.

About the Narrators

Suzanne Toren, award-winning narrator, has over thirty years of experience in narration. She was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.

Edoardo Ballerini, an American actor, director, film producer, and award–winning narrator. He has won several Audie Awards for best narration, including for 2019’s Best Male Narrator of the Year, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush, and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.

Marjan Kamali has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University. Her work has been a top finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Asian American Short Story Contest. She lives in the Boston area with her family.

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Fred Berman has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He is an actor of theater, film, and television whose credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.