Yes, definitely - it's a rich and vibrant story of love and loss, and exquisitely told.
He had a wonderful versatility!
Death as the narrator, who warns you constantly about what's about to happen - that, I struggled with. It was very quirky, very strange. And I wasn't sure I enjoyed the constant series of spoilers. But it was a beautiful story.
Southern Girl Reads
Brilliant, moving, heartbreaking
Too many to name
It made me smile and made me sob.
I'm so glad I chose the audio version. Allan Corduner did a magnificent job and made a great book even better to listen to.
Fritz the assessor
This story is so good, it is hard to put down. Sometimes it would make me so angry, and then it would make me laugh out loud. The guy reading it is really really good. he is able to bring the characters to life. I felt as if I actually knew Liesl, and the Ubermans. As if Hans and Rosa lived down the street from me. Not that I can even imagine living during that time. I listened to it, and then listened to it again, and then a third time just to make sure that I would remember each and every character. They are all so real. It is a history lesson that should never be forgotten.
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
Calling The Book Thief a kids' books is sort of like saying the same thing about To Kill a Mockingbird. While the main character is a child, and there's nothing overly complicated structurally or thematically, making it accessible to a younger audience, the emotions are complex, the writing rich, and the subject mature. Ok... so maybe that was a glorified way of saying it's a good book for many ages, but coming across such a find is tough.
Many great books have been written about The Holocaust, but one of the things that makes The Book Thief unique is the treatment of Germans caught up in the insane nationalism of Nazi Germany. While it may be a bit tongue in cheek to say that everyone in The Book Thief is "human", Zusak does a fantastic job of keeping humanity at the forefront of the story. Death, fear, cruelty, love, compassion, selflessness, and loss are all players, but The Book Thief puts humans first, and what they do second.
A definite buy for anyone looking for a well narrated, genuinely emotional listen.
The narrator, Allan Corduner, brought the words to life.
I can honestly say I cannot think of another book I have read that is anything like this one. Starting with the storyteller himself, Death.
Everything. His voices were so distinctly different for each character. He does such a fantastic job. I never once wondered who was speaking.
No. I was ok taking a couple weeks listening to it on my work commute. But when I was down to the last 3 hours, I did stop everything else in my life, sat down, put the headphones on, and listened to the end.
The only reason I did not give the book 5 overall stars is because of the foul language and taking the Lord's name in vain many, many times. This story, as well as any other, could have been told with the same emotional impact, without the cursing.
Great story, loved the part it was told by Death giving the story an eary feeling. The story was a great and good surprise.
I was expecting a heavy story about WWII, but is managed to tell the story of the girl and the other characters (Jewish and German) in a very light and tantalizing manner while taking nothing of the severity or depth of the issues involved.
This is definitely one of the best audio books I've had the pleasure of listening to.
I laughed, I cried and I will listen again. The story is relevant to our history as well as to our future. The narrator is able to both soothe and haunt with his extraordinary accent and cadence.
So many memorable moments. But when Liesal says her farewell to Rudy... Now that is a love story.
Most definitely! You won't want to put it down.
Corduner's narration really adds to this wonderful story. I suppose I'd call it a heartwarming tragedy? Well worth the read for anyone who enjoys books and stories (and who among us doesn't?).
I would most definitely listen to this book again. Allan Corduner has an AMAZING voice and adds a certain eerieness and depth to the story.
Death as performed by Allan Corduner was my favorite. Reminded me of Vincent Price.
I would definitely recommend this listen to my friends.
The narrating character
That the story attempted to show the humanity of people in an inhumane situation.
The Angel of Death and Rudi