The humanity of Bruno and his mother. The way Bruno is trying to think for himself when all around him are howling with the wolves.
Shmuel. Even after Bruno betrays him, he forgives him. He could have hated him, I mean Bruno had his freedom and was the son of a nazi but Bruno, bruises and all, forgives him.
I have not listened to any before but I enjoyed this and hopefully will find more books with this narration in the future.
Yes and I think perhaps I did.
This books is fantastic because it presents a horrible subject in a bit of a white washed way for children yet they understand a horrific thing is happening. A child listening to this would have the knowledge hindsight that the character of Bruno does not have but also sees it from his eyes. I am Jewish and so I understand the need to present accurate holocaust portrayals but when children are involved, we have to teach it in spurts and make them think. Bruno is trying to understand why things are happening and sees that what he is being told is not right. Bruno does not howl with the wolves as his father and sister do but he also loves his father. It is a moral dilemma set in horrific background and that adds to it. Bruno can either do what he think is is right or he can follow the crowd. With more people like Bruno you might not have had a place like Auschwitz to begin with.
It is a book that is not just a story. Not just a "the holocaust was bad". The kids of today know that already. This was book that should make them think "Would I have been Bruno and followed my heart, head and conviction....found courage in the face of horror or would I have been Lieutenant Kotler or Herr Liszt?"
Books like this should make us examine those questions and hopefully, within ourselves, find our own Bruno
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Top 10, definitely
When Bruno and Schmuel were holding hands -- in the end...
Tie between Bruno and Schmuel
Yes, impossible not to cry after hearing this story...
SO highly recommend this book. These characters will stay with me for a long, long time...
I went into this book blind as there is no description, but now I know why. This book tells a story that we all know, but from a point of view that we've never heard. I thought the story was good but the narration made it even better for me. Don't know how I would have enjoyed this had it not been narrated for me.
All in all, this was OK. Didn't blow my skirt up...but I don't regret "reading" it.
Nuisance period for one, the darkest lifetime for another. Small gesture for one, warm fulfilling meal for another. Fences between people from two different spaces; yet of the same world. Friendships that is natural yet somewhat unlikely. Great adventure for one; same fate for both.
Provoking, touching, brutal, innocence, all in this amazing story.