I rarely listen to a book more than once. This one I will keep on my ipod for a long time. An extremely poor German town, an abandoned girl, the rise of Hitler. Then narrated by death.
Add these together and you would expect a horrible story. "The Book Thief" is touching and uplifting. Beautifully narrated, wonderful characters you grow to know and love.
Listen to this book. Actually listen to it a couple of times!
I love that this story was told largely from within the experience of 'ordinary Germans' during the war - what they experienced, the decisions they had to make, the hardships brought to them by both Hitler and the Allies.
But there's so much more than that to love. The structure of the narrative is so unique - as is the narrator, of course. The flashes back and forward - as told by Death from both experience and his own book thievery - at first made it hard to get into the book and then made it hard to put down (or turn off, in the case of the audio version).
What really makes the audio version exceptional, however, is the performance of Allan Corduner. While other narrators may be more adept at creating completely distinct voices for each person, Mr. Corduner excels at creating character and emotion. Between his narration and the writing itself, some parts of the book were truly heartbreaking in a way that I'm not sure they would have been if it was just the voice in my own head telling the story.
If you've been having doubts about this book, put them aside and give it a try - I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.
This is probably the best one I've listened to! The narrator is excellent. He interprets the story, gives life to the characters, he's amazing.
The story is beautiful, touching, very emotional and heart warming.
He is the best. Can't say enough. Almost makes it harder to listen to other narrators after you listen to this one.
I have no idea! lol But it is a beautiful story of life and how despite all the pain it is still worth living.
Highly recommended. Great entertainment. I miss the book and the characters now.
I am embarrassed that it took me so long to become aware of this book. I can hardly recommend it to anyone, since most of the people that I know (including my granddaughters) already have read it.
Clearly Liesel, the central character must be everyone's favorite. Having been about her age during WW II, I was especially (in spite of our gender differences, and that I was living in the U.S, without her deprivations) drawn to her.
This was the first book that we have heard narrated by Allan Corduner. After hearing him, he has become one of our favorite narrators.
There are no surprises in this book, no drama. It is a masterful combination of love, brutality, kindness, hope and despair. It's difficult to imagine a better story better presented.
Compassion, beautiful, love
I loved his voice and accents, listening to him and how he read the story and German words and terms that are sprinkled throughout really made the story come alive much more than reading it on my own would have.
I just finished listening to this book for the second time. I really enjoy WWII books and this one is is so touching. The point of view from "Death", the view from a young orphan girl, the vivid people from the town both rich and poor, the bombing raids, destitute people who are trapped with no hope of a better life, love, fear, anger, hiding a Jew in the basement, it is all included. Mr. Zusak is a wordsmith! His story telling just drew me in. Also Mr. Corduner is the perfect narrator.
I am new to Audible but this is not my first audible book. I have about 20 in my library but this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review. I do not want to reiterate all the positive things other listeners have mentioned. I can only say that it has been four days since I finished the book and I just can't stop thinking about it. This is one of those books where after you finish reading, it will take a couple days to digest everything. I have since started listening to a new book but I still catch myself ,even while listening to the new book, that my mind suddenly wanders back to Liesel and her Papa.
The unrelenting beauty and horror of war and humanity - its all here in this masterpiece of a book. I can't describe the fullness I feel in my heart on finishing this story. I have listened to hundreds of books - and this one is the best of them all.
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This is a stunning rendition of the highly acclaimed novel and it kept me engaged from start to finish. I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this audio book (as I'd done it so I could have discussions with my teenage daughter who had to read it for school), but I quickly realized how much life the narrator breathed into Liesel, Rudy and World War II Germany and how much passion the writer had for the material. Family, kindness, unconditional love and selflessness are all woven through a very rough time in history as we watch Liesel grow and learn, and the end left even me in tears. Moreover, the narrator Allan Corduner should be congratulated for his efforts in making this an emotional and highly satisfying listen.
If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!
Yes highly recommend! The narrator is phenomenal and the story was fantastic!
Max but I don't want to ruin the story or give anything away in the review
When Leisels momma comes to school :)
Rudi Steiner because he needs it (the food) the most!
A fresh and amazing new prospective on such a horrible time in the world...while it is still incredibly heartbreaking and tragic it is eye opening and so very touching. I laughed, I cried and I even held my breath a few times waiting for tense moments to pass.
The narrator is positively the BEST!!!