Author is extraordinary with words - sentences made me want to weep with appreciation! Great story, if sad. One of my favorite books. Papa reminded me of the altruistic men/women throughout history who made their small corner of the world a blessed place. Few books are this good on so many levels (history, light/dark of humanity, exquisite writing.)
This is a story told like no other. Very moving. For the holocast deniers out there, may you rot in Hell!
Why did I slowly get sucked into this children's story by a young Australian author? Why did my my gutwrenched emotions get played to sit patiently, chapter after chapter, listening to a powerfully subtle message conveyed by a young girl and her pacifist accordian playing father?
Simply, because the author is a genius! He read my mind and inserted a story, pictures and everlasting images!
Yes! Absolutely. The audio edition by Allan Corduner is a meticulous solo performance. His voices are like leather - smoothly modulated Death, comfortable as Papa, then creaky and full of exhaustion as Max, and always surprisingly light as Liesel. I would listen to this man read a book of statistics.
Each character has a place in my heart. I listen to this book at least once a year.
His amazing command of the emotions and voices of the characters. You always knew which person he was representing and what they were feeling.
As the story changed so did my emotions. At the end I sobbed all the way across Massachusetts.
Don't miss this extraordinary story because as attached as I am to the narrator it is the author who provided this brilliant script and people you will grow attached to.
This was a beautiful and heart-wrenching story. The narration was superb and Corduner drew me into the events in a compelling way. His narration never got in the way of the prose. I would highly recommend this book to adults and older teenagers. It is classified as a YA book, but I strongly disagree. There are scenes that I believe would be frightening to younger readers. However adults and older teenagers should enjoy the story.
So many people have recommended this book; even raved about this book. So, why can't I get through it? I've been trying for a year now and am so bored to tears that my mind wanders off and the book becomes background noise. I have even dozed off trying to get through it. I'm calling it quits!