• The Storyteller's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (633 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller.

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 by Sejal Badani. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Loved this book!

I loved this book! Loved the characters! Loved the unique story! The performance was great! Kept me engaged and looking forward to doing chores, working out and running errands cause that is when I get to listen to my books!

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Nope

I would tell you to skip this one. It’s too long and the main character is distractingly whiny. The narrator did a nice job with the number of characters but when the main character spoke it sounded like every sentence was a question or she was surprised. It was a rough listen.

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can't listen to another word

Wallowing in grief may be real, it's just not something I want to listen to chapter after chapter. Melodramatic narration doesn't help

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  • EJ
  • 11-01-20

Words fail me...

Such a beautiful, beautiful story. Heartbreaking at times, but so poignant. Each word was woven magnificently into a tapestry. Words truly cannot encompass how this story moved me to my core. I related to it more than I could have imagined. Read the book...you won’t be sorry.

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It Just Never Gets There

With 4+ hours to go, I give up! So many times the author teases the real story but then just devolves into endless description and uneventful, boring side story. Had it been shorter, it might have been great story-telling.

The other issue is the preaching, at first edifying regarding the Indian caste system. At the point I gave up, the author went for out and out preaching about America, India, skin color, sexual preference, sexism. Anything, to avoid telling the real story of adultery. So disappointing!

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A Beautiful Story!

Not only is the story beautifully written, but it is also a beautiful tale. I will remember it always!

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I was trapped...

The more I listened the more I wanted to keep going. I felt the pain, lived the joy, related to so much of the journey. THAT is how books should make you feel.

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Glad I'm born American

A fascinating and captivating and sometimes sad story that covers many years. I cried through some of it.

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A cultural TREASURE

I love the blend of cultures, generations and love stories. Beautifully written as well as preformed.

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A MUST Read!!!

Storytelling at it's BEST!!! There was never a dull moment. Heart wrenching but the love of a mother is uncompromised, unwavering and Always unconditional

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  • neha
  • 03-31-21

Slow and Annoying

The voice of the book does not flow with the characters and it actually gets quite irritating

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  • sharon shreevsy
  • 01-27-21

Ravi the adorable

from the start I was hooked loved the whole story. just deleted my whole review as I was giving the plot away. In short fab twists and turns and lots of tears and laughter. loved the book. let's hope a sequel please please

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  • Dianne Corston
  • 09-25-21

Beautiful .

A deeply moving tale of heartbreak and renewal. A touching story of healing generational trauma.