Although I found it hard to believe that the protagonist could be that naive and the narration was awful, I found the story thought provoking. I couldn't put it down. The ending was completely unpredictable and jolting. I would recommend it to anyone.
I liked how the story was written in the third person (through the eyes of 9 yr old Bruno), it gave an interesting perspective to the story.
It is a sad book, but well worth listening too.
I loved this book and didn't remember when I started reading that it was the book of the great movie -- that I never got to see. I can visualize why the movie was a success -- the book is excellent -- I listen to quite a bit of Holocaust literature (more is becoming available at audible.com) and I think this is the first time I've read a book taking the standpoint of a German family during the Holocaust -- and an officers family no less. It's written in a way that is certainly not sensational thus an excellent addition to required reading for high school students. The innocence of the boy might be difficult to accept, but it was a different time. I just wish the book was longer (more detail at the end.)
I just watched the Movie and am now starting on the book. I had anticipated this movie for quite sometime after seeing preview's. I was not disappointed and hope the book will do the same. Make sure you have a large box of tissue's while reading this book, its an edge of your seat movie, I expect the book to be even better. A Must see and read im sure.
The book itself deserves 5 stars. Michael Maloney, the narrator, I'd give 1. He has this very distracting way of fading quickly at the end of sentences making you think you are getting a call. If you listen on an iPhone you know how audio fades right before the ring begins. Even without thinking you are receiving a call, his fadding, breathy voice is very annoying. The story is wonderful, touching and sad - but I would not buy another audio book with Michael Maloney as narrator.
This is a wonderful story and a great learning experience for people of all ages. Originally published as a children's book this is definitely a must read for all ages. The story is told from the perspective of a 9 year old boy and the reader makes you think that you really are this boy and living his experience. It's full of twists and turns which keeps the reader completely absorbed. I couldn't stop listening to this wonderfully told, beautifully read, and very moving story.
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.
This is a haunting story, written in a very interesting style that invokes in the listener an appropriate feeling of isolation. It is well worth experiencing. It is flawed, yes, but I found myself forgiving any flaws for the sheer uniqueness of the storytelling as well as the story itself. I would not call it "enjoyable" per se, but I did find myself listening to it every chance I got, it is extremely compelling.
The narrator does a very good job as well. I completely recommend.
It's a gripper, a little childish at first but once you get into it you got to know where it's leading to.
The ending? WOW I thought the boy might get into trouble BUT not this!
BUT fitting for who he was!