Some of the best descriptions! The descriptions tell the story in a way that is brilliant and beautiful. Although this book is sad it is also real and shows love and beauty. How the view point of death is told is incredible and makes people think of what it is like to die. How death itself doesn't like taking people but has no other choice. Very well written and the narrator is one of my favourites!
stunning, striking, moving and honest. a gorgeous story written with bold artistic strokes. love the reader. love this book.
I think that listening to a book like this is a richer experience than reading it. I probably won't go to the movie. It is a book like "The Book Thief" that makes you long for radio instead of movies. The personalities of each of the characters, even the minor ones, give a sense of what it was like to live through the reign of the "Furor". The sacrifices of the normal people(in the Nazi party or not) was similar to those experienced by the whole world at the time except for the few of privileged. It was very realistic including the harboring of a Jewish
"boarder" who had been related to a Jew who saved Lisel's adopted "papa's" life.
Maybe a little Anne Frankish?
His voices and even the enunciation of the German city names and the less than complimentary terms of endearment bandied about made the story real.
When a Jewish merchant's door was defaced, Hans Hubler was there to paint it the next morning.
I am not sure how this book was suggested, but it doesn't seem like something I normally would have picked I glad I listened. It gave me more perspective on the era.
The Book Thief was a wonderful dance into the life of a little girl with such great determination, A willingness to love, accept and embrace life in a war torn Germany under Nazi rule. Under overwhelming hardships this story delivers and puts the reader directly alongside the little girl. brilliant! T
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is not a light book by any means, but it is one of those rare books where you fall in love with the characters. The narration by Allan Corduner is superb, I could not imagine better.
I love this book it was beautifully told and written...
stories like this make it all worth while to read and listen to....and to know that there is still beauty in the world.
Death narrates this wonderful story about a young girl in Hitler's Germany. That is a sentence I never would have thought of writing. But that is part of the many surprises in this story. If you've read Terry Pratchett's Discworld, you have a vision of Death. Though this book is covering more serious matters, the author brings in wit and wisdom, and shows us all how to care, how to love.
Early baby-boomers and their parents know deeply what happened pre and during World War II. Most books covering this era, with anger and depression and rightly so. This book looks at all of that plus teaches a girl to read and write. Okay, now that sounds like elementary school. And though this could be read to a younger audience the subject matter is quite mature. In fact, it is a great way to introduce to younger people how Hitler grew his army and how people learned to blame others for their problems (sounds a lot like what is happening now in many ways).
Right from the start I found I cared for Death and the other characters. But most of all I loved the quirky writing style. I have read in other reviews that the style was distracting, but I found it was necessary. We need to take the subject lighter so that we can live with the girl in her own innocence. The turn of a phrase in this author's writing kept me highlighting all over the place. Markus Zusak is amazing!
This Kindle version was given to me for a birthday gift from my friend, Yve. Thank you so much! I picked up the audio version from the library, hence breaking up my current reading list. I loved the narrator of the audio, Allan Corduner. He acted the parts and kept me interested. Though this was the library Overdrive version, I think I will use this month's credit to get the Audible copy. That's how much I loved the combination. I plan to read this again. As for the movie? I am not sure I want to watch it yet. I am too in love with my own imaginary movie.