Don't expect the ending to redeem the book. It is well written and has some witty lines and stories that will make you smile but overall is morose and will leave you feeling down on humanity. Other books on the subject matter such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas manage its little better in my opinion.
Even though the book was so sad and so painful at such a brutal time in history, the beauty of childhood and the power of love does come through. Great performance.
I found this originally on YouTube. I listened to it because I remember reading the first few chapters and absolutely adoring it. However, this had a different cover to it, so when it got taken down from YouTube, my search began to find it again. Why? Because of the narrator. The story is already fantastic, but the narrator adds so much to it from his accent to his voices to his phrasing. I took a risk buying this and I'm so glad it turned out to be him. I don't think the story read by any other would be the same.
I haven't taken time to write a review before although I've enjoyed so many Audible books. But this narration demands to be praised! It's hard to say which was more wonderful, the writing or the narration. The story has the most wonderful language & cast of characters. What other author could make you think of Death himself as such a sympathetic fellow? And I honestly don't see how a narrator could be any better. I enjoyed every moment.
I can't imagine a better voice to tell this incredibly beautiful, yet tragic story. It happens to be the book I listened to and now I am hooked. The telling of this story I have recommended even to friends that have already read the book on their own, because it is performed so perfectly.
I love well written, artfully narrated stories. The human condition where people endure the unendurable & find redemption or transformation.
What an amazing book. Narrated by Death about a young German girls life. Haunting and beautiful which is how Death describes humans.
The Book Thief tells a story, not often heard, of the non-Jewish Germans victimized by Hitler's reign. Zusak sweeps you up as Death follows the life of a young German girl as her life is devastated time and again by the actions of Hitler. Why does Death care to share this story? Give a listen and hear the narrator share this heart wrenching but hopeful story of strength and love in a terrible time in our history.
I think this is an amazing book. It is extremely touching, and it is told from a very unique perspective! I do think it is not for children, although I think it's meant to be that way.