A well written story, narrated expertly, from an unusual viewpoint of an old subject, The Tragedy of Germany in the early 40's. Very human from a completely different point of view. This book brings to life how many more people were torn apart by these horrible events than the obvious victims.
Most definitely. It gives you a different perspective of what some Germans experienced during the Nazi reign. The element of human compassion shows up in many different forms, Nazi to Jew, Foster parent to foster child, friend to friend.
Frau Hauberman. She came across brash, cold and cruel, but was deeply genuine in the love she had for her family, to include her foster child. She shielded her emotions to maintain a sense of structure and stability in a time that was bleak and hard. She was their rock.
There were so many but a memorable one was when Frau Hauberman visited Lisle at school to inform her Max had awakened. She showed compassion, thoughtfulness, ingenuity and that she had a sense of humor too.
The end when she lost everyone who ever meant anything to her. lisle's whole life was torn from her.
The idea of death having a spirit of caring compassion for the soles he was collecting gave a new meaning to afterlife. He respected the soles and gathered them up gently.
The book was brilliantly written.
I just never got into the story line. It was well written and the reader was good, I just never felt that excitement that I feel with some books. That "I don't want to get out of the car because this book is so awesome and I can not POSSIBLY wait to find out what happens next" feeling just never happened.
the story and the voice of the narrator was different and was entertaining.
many memorable moments but the most was the relationships she was able to maintain with all characters.
initially his tone and voice was creepy but you began to realize it was the intent. and just like "momma" it became endearing.
the human spirit's ability to be resilient in the face of disappointment and disaster
I would absolutely reccommend this audiobook to a friend. The characters were so well developed no matter the age/gender. The story poignant and historically compelling.
The first moment I realized that Death was the narrator shook me.
Narrated in an entertaining and engaging manner.
The moment Liesel dragged a smoking, smouldering book out of the fire and hid it in the bodice of her dress and her foster father noticing smoke coming from her neckline.
The story brings to light the lives of ordinary German citizens during a time in history that most Germans want to forget or cover up.
It's hard to say something uplifting about death and Nazi Germany. This book manages to illustrate how it's the humanity we show others--seemingly small gestures--that truly make a life worth living. I highly recommend this book.
Absolutely! This book is one that should not be missed.
This audiobook followed me from car to home and back to my car. Very difficult to stop listening.
One of the best books ever!
I don't know I did not read it.
I totally think that a book about a little girl should be a female voice. The voice of a man trying to sound like a little girl is horrible. I could not finish listening to the book. It was very annoying. I will wait for the movie or to read it
There are some characters that need to be faithfully played.
One of the best books I've read. Wonderfully engaging, super well written with great use of the language. The narration was right on. I did the combination of Kindle and Audible and it worked very well.
I almost did not buy this book. I circled around it for weeks. The whole premise seemed a bit creepy and weepy but thanks to the reviewers I decided to give it a try.
Markus Zusak created a story that I will listen to over and over. I loved the story; felt I knew all of the characters; and, began to if not exactly appreciate then at least understand the perspectives of Death - the narrator of the story. There was not one unbelievable character in the book.
Many reviewers said the book was sad, and honestly it was heartbreaking for me too, but only because I fell in love with everyone in the neighborhood and wanted life for them after Nazi Germany. They worked so hard at maintaining an existence for themselves and their families and they deserved so much more.
It was brilliant to allow Death to give away some of the story at the beginning because we did not have to spend the whole story dreading what we thought (or guessed) the ending would be. Death was so funny or so compassionate or so matter of fact in the telling of his various visits that it made the ultimate deaths bearable. Allan Corduner thank you for a fantastic performance. You made me forget to fear Death.
This is a simple story about simple people. The best!