The Book Thief is at once compelling and devastating. Never has a book shown me a sky more cleverly and seductively described, each capturing any mix of my five senses. The story is a compelling blend of character and context, and the levity of Death as the narrator gives it a wonderful balance. And Alan Corduner's Death is unrivaled.
I usually cry when I read books with sorrow this was like living during ww1
I wept as if I loved Rudy, as if I lost my whole world that day. I felt the story as if I was reading my own. Also I love how it was narrated by death. it was nice to see him in a different perspective. not as the villain but as someone doing a job that no one else wants but that has to be done.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the themes, and the characters, but my favorite aspect of the book was that Death (the Grim Reaper) was narrating. This device allowed Markus Zusak to share some thoughts on death, dying and surviving that might have sounded out of place coming from any of the characters. This book is good reading for anyone and everyone age 9 and up. It would be a stretch for a pre-teen, but the central characters are pre-teens.
I was touched by all the times Liesl refused to kiss Rudi because she didn't want to alter their friendship.
Allan Corduner enhanced this story with his reading without drawing undue attention to himself. I would enjoy listening to him again.
When Death is haunted by humanity.
The narrator did an outstanding job as Death, the story's narrator. I wasn't sure if I would like another book about WWII, but I was hooked on it from the beginning, and it never disappointed.