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.
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This indeed was such a good story. A great author, great narrator and just a clever way of telling this terribly tragic story, through the eyes of a 9-year-old innocent and naive German.
My daughter selected
this book to read for summer reading for school. I also read it, so I would know what it was about and be able to discuss it with her. This subject is new to her, so she was basically looking at it from Bruno's innocent viewpoint. She was not able to "connect the dots" on some of the events in the book. I plan to talk with her to explain what happened. It is a good platform to get the conversation going. She will be studying the Holocaust in school this year and visiting the museum in DC. This book and our conversation will give her a good foundation on the subject. I appreciate that the book did not go into much of the terrible details of things that took place at this time in history. I, as a parent, can give her the details I feel appropriate for her age. Great Book!
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
The movie was amazing, the book was that times two hours. Still a hard book to read yet one of my favorites. Even enjoyed the last thirty minutes with the interview of the writer!
1) The narration- what an excellent reading of the book
2) The story- the beautiful clash between the innocence of a child and the evil of the Holocaust
Bruno and Shmuel were both my "favorite" characters. The portray the basic innate needs we all have- the need for a close relationship/friendship, the need for partnership, the need to have someone believe in you and give you strength when you have none, and the need to mentor/help someone else in trouble. What an amazing portrayal of the relationship that develops between these boys
I've never listened to Michael Maloney- but I plan to search out all of his other narrations
It made me laugh, It made me cry, it made me think, it made me feel, it made me believe in the goodness of humans, and it made me fear the cruelty within.
This book and its narration ranks right up along The Book Thief and All The Light We Cannot See. Incredible.