I had heard great things about this book ever since it came out. When I saw that ads for the movie, I thought I would listen to the book first, before deciding if I wanted to see the movie.
The book is awesome. Allan Corduner's reading is great. It is a moving book, not depressing. It isn't a typical "Holocaust book." It focuses on the lives of people in those times so you see the effect of Nazi Germany on the lives of the people in novel.
Having read the book, I will see the movie.
Back to the basics
Life, love, happiness, tragedy, and the will to keep going.This book has it all. And the narrator is the least expected.
When the story teller picks up the story.
This book didn’t quite live up to its billing, but was a very good listen nevertheless. I always struggle to know where to look for fiction, and I chose one this on the back of its being a best seller.
The character who narrates this book is death. He tells the story of a young girl orphaned by the political turmoil in Nazi Germany, who is then fostered by a Munich housepainter and his wife. They are simple, unsophisticated working class folk who swear at each other constantly, but underneath this rough exterior is a deep well of love and courage, the courage to risk their lives by sheltering a Jewish man in their basement.
So why is it called the book thief? The heroine, Lisa (forgive the spelling, I didn’t see the written name), begins by being illiterate and gradually develops into an avid reader. But books are scarce in this time of immense upheaval, poverty and strife. Not just scarce but also dangerous to own, and she rescues them from the burning bonfires of books lit by the Nazis in their rampant, frenzied campaign to enforce their ideology onto their people.
It’s a sad and moving story of a young girl trying to grow up in this bizarre and dangerous environment. Germany is locked into a war against the rest of the World, a war which they are starting to lose. All men, young and old, are susceptible to conscription to fight in Russia, the remaining civilians face the threat of increasingly frequent Allied bombing raids, and Jews are being transported to concentration camps. Against this background Lisa somehow enjoys some of the ordinary experiences of childhood and early adolescence, but you know all along that this small community, like the rest of Germany, is doomed and that there will be few survivors.
This is a lovely tale about a beautiful girl who defies darkness, evil, and hatred in Nazi Germany through her loving heart, creativity, imagination, and courage. There are moments in this story that are quite touching and certain delightful characters such as Hans and Rosa Hubermann, Max Van den Berg, and even Ilse Hermann. However, ultimately this book is a disappointment as the result of a poor narrator and a disjointed narrative. I expect the movie will be better, because, as I say, the story is lovely; it's just the telling of it - by both the author and the narrator - that fails to satisfy.
You know from the first few words that this book is something special. The story is basically a simple one of a little girl who lives in Nazi Germany during some of the most horrific periods in history.
Markus Zusak writing is nothing short of magic. It's one of the few books, that when you've finished reading it, you know without a doubt you've been reading literature.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. Told from Death's perspective and being set in Nazi Germany, I initially wondered if the book was going to be too somber for me. Yes, the subject is grave, but what shines through is the love and kindness and courage of the characters.
I thought the narrator struck just the right chord. He treated Death with matter-of-factness rather than gloom. At other times, when appropriate, I could hear the smile in his voice, which even now makes me smile too.
This was billed as a young adult book, and being considerably past "young," I nevertheless enjoyed it very much. This is in contrast to The Hunger Games, which I enjoyed but did feel a bit out of the target audience range.
How well the characters were fleshed out that I fell in love with them all, especially Momma, Papa & Rudy. Yes, momma.
Perfectly engaging with his accent and characterizations.
Rudy, because I wanted to know more about his home life and his obsession with Liesel and Jesse Owens.
I kept trying to turn this off and go to bed but ended up staying up until 4AM to finish it. This is just a great story full of love and compassion. You fall in love with the characters.
If I could rate this book higher than 5 stars I would.
The audio performance was also excellent.
Allan Corduner has done an excellent job in my opinion. I truly enjoyed listening and reading along to the narration.
There are many reviews already about the plot. So no point going over it again.
But I'll say this.
I read many books that I thoroughly enjoy. But there are very few, that actually make me want to share that experience with others.
The Book Thief is one of those few.
I highly recommend this title. It is, in my opinion, a MUST READ.
I like fiction, sci-fi, fantasy and magic-realism.
Loved this book. The storyline was totally captivating, very unique and so well-written. Narration was excellent, too. Can't recommend it enough!!