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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: 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.

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.”

    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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 Bender | 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 Davenport | 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 McCormack | 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 Denholm | 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 Stevenson-lindsey | 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 Lopez | 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 Daniel | 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 Gomes | 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 Scroger | 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 Hanlon | 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 Miller | 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 Taylor | 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. "

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About the Author
Author Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is the world-renowned 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 has recorded over nine hundred audiobooks. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas. She was awarded the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress and has earned more than two dozen Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine.

Edoardo Ballerini is an actor, narrator, director, and film producer. He is best known for his work on screen as junkie Corky Caporale in The Sopranos. An acclaimed narrator, he has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Mozhan Marnò is an Iranian American film and television actress, most notably appearing in Charlie Wilson’s War and Bones. Her audiobook narration has earned her four AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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.

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration and is the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in Spy the Lie. He is a theater, film, and television actor, 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.