I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it
I loved this book. The narration & characters were just amazing. I loved the movie too but the movie didn't describe Bruno as the book did. The narrator did a great job when it came to Bruno and his ways. I do agree with the other reviewer that it can be a bit disturbing for kids. This is an amazing book for teens/adults.
It is so important to the enjoyment of this book to know nothing of it's content before hand. The story unfolds through the innocence of nine year old Bruno and comes to it's predictable, but still stunning conclusion with a gut wrenching punch. This book should be a must read for every high school English class. Certainly appropriate for adults as well, please, read this book.
My 3 kids and I listened to this on a 7 hour drive back home, in which, it was a horrible rain/sleet storm. It was a very quiet drive because we were all mesmerized by the story. Wonderful story and listening to Michael Maloney tell it our attention was captured from the first word! My youngest kids enjoyed it even though they had not learned too much about that time in history. We had a very engaging conversation afterwards.
Somber, adorable, powerful
Bruno. It was an adorable way to teach a lesson.
Inflection, emotion, to the words.
Surprise and sadness, but in a good way.
This is one of those books you can't stop listening to until you are finished. It is powerful and heartbreaking and scary. There is layer after layer of meaning in this story, enough to keep a good book club going for a year at least. It is one I will be thinking about for a long time to come. At first I thought it was going to be a children's book, but it was soon evident that it wasn't the case. Yet, I'm not sure it is an adult book either. I guess it is just a book, a very profound and powerful book. It deals with concentration camps during WWII through the eyes of a 9 year-old German boy who lived just outside the camp fence. It is a very interesting point of view and a real eye-opener! Luckily it is a relatively short book so you can finish it in one or two sittings. Otherwise your life will have to go on hold until you finish it. Can't stop thinking about it.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
This is the story of Bruno and his oblivious life during the holocaust. Bruno used to live in Berlim, and because of his father's job, he was forced to move to a new house. He suddenly found himself friendless, with a very annoying sister.
Being the son of a commandant, he was given everything in life, and even though he lived in a house across from the fence where a concentration camp was located, he had no idea about what was going on. That is where he finds a new friend, a Jewish boy, although he didn't know what a jew was at the time.
He became friends with that boy, but didn't really understand what went on on that side of the fence.
This is a very say story. The ending was very disappointing, not because it was sad, but because the author left a lot of things and details left to imagination.
No, I don't think I would. I didn't much appreciate the characterization of the young Nazi boy. I feel that some things require reverence and fictionalizing a piece of history in such a way that was presented here, in a way, diminishes the truth. I suppose there was some karmic value in the irony of the plot but I think it falls flat considering that fact is much more awful than fiction.
Yes, I have not discarded Mr. Boyne as an author even if I'm not want to recommend this title.
The performance was just fine and perhaps even provided some added value. The different portrayal of the young boys felt mostly genuine and in the spirit of the novel.
Yes, definitely....it may be already, I'm not sure. I don't know enough stars names to answer the second question.
I felt the story to be compelling and served a good purpose. Bruno never accepted his father's viewpoint that the people in striped pajamas weren't human. In fact, Bruno saw his friend Shmuel as his best human contact in this terrible new home even though he couldn't touch or play with him. And from this perspective, perhaps the character of Bruno had to be so behind-the-curve naive.
There are some critics who challenge that the story is not honest about the cruel conditions of Nazi concentration camps and I think that is certainly valid. Any descriptions are censored by Bruno's untainted child's mind - a technique that I thought was cute in the first few weeks at Auschwitz but felt needed to be undraped as Bruno who surely have experienced. Bruno was there for over a year with a bedroom 50 feet from the fence where men would fall to the ground suddenly and need soldiers to carry them away. Even so, I don't think the purpose of the book was to bring the audience into Auschwitz, but for the audience to accept that there are fences, however small, that separate us from one another, and are we looking at the people on the other side of the fence with the same humanism that Bruno did with Shmuel? I suppose that's my greatest criticism of this book. The purpose is great, but to use a place like Auschwitz as the vehicle for the message doesn't feel particularly right to me.
All the characters just came to life with the audio...so wonderful listening to this story.
No, but only because I rarely re-listen to any book.
Realizing where he was going and what he was in. I got aggravated by his apparent lack of empathy.
Basically everything was the same point of view. He did a great job on the various character voices.
I was a little sad -- more like affected.
Top 5. I've listen to abought 20books over the past 2years.
The boy and his friend going to look for the father.
When the boy and his sister realized what they where really looking at through the window in the sister's bedroom. That scene was most dramatic for me making it my favorite.