I really wanted to love this book, but I found myself drifting a lot. Not a good sign. It was a very good story, but it is "told" in the most drawn out for effect way that got old fast.
This classic book gives new life and insight into Germany and World War 2. Written from the perspective of a child, this story gives you pause to understand the tragedy from yet another perspective.
Awesome piece of historical fiction based on life if a little German girl during Heitler's reign. Wonderfully written. Uniquely written through the eyes of death, or the soul collector.
teacher & book lover
I love death as a narrator! This book is sweet and endearing and vastly moving and sad. It should be read by every teen!
There is a movie and it is fairly good. But the book is SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL!
Never has a book narrated by Death and wholly encompassing WWII and the holocaust been such a joy and heartache to read. Surprising prose, moments of childish purity, and intense pangs of drama and sadness. Amazing book.
I've read this book half a dozen times, and it is, without a doubt, the best book I've ever read! I was able to convince some of my favorite people to listen to the audio book, as they aren't big into reading, and had them in tears. Absolutely amazing.
What I loved most about this story was so much or the ordinariness of life was intertwined with the heartbreak of war. The language was beautiful and also the narrator did such a great job I was completely lost in the story. Even the occasional German word was said with an accent appropriate to southern Germany. Which was another thing I loved - the inclusion of German slang and idioms but with very unobtrusive translations. I have listened to many books and this is one of my top 10, maybe even top 5.