Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids - as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"The astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers." (Booklist)
"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers....An extraordinary narrative." (School Library Journal)
"The Book Thief will appeal both to sophisticated teens and adults with its engaging characters and heartbreaking story." (Bookmarks Magazine)
This book is over hyped. Allan Corduner did a good job. But the narrator (the character, not Allan) was more intriguing than the protagonist. I couldn't maintain interest after chapter 1.
I loved this book. (What can I say. I love books that make me cry. And this one was like a nice sharpened knife in the feelings.) The only thing I disliked was the annoying music they played during the prologue and epilogue. While not unpleasant, I found it to be too loud and distracting, making it difficult to concentrate on what the narrator was saying and, consequently, made it take a bit longer to get into the book. Its only in those two sections though.
As an English teacher and writer, it's hard to come across stories that feel like they have true creativity and originality anymore. The Book Thief has those. It will make you laugh, love, tremble, cry, and laugh again. It will make you think and rethink. I truly have a special place for this book.
The reader is amazing and I think that is what makes the book so good on Audible. He is believable, sets his characters voices apart well, and plays his narrator role spectacularly. This book deserves your attention again and again.
Human happiness, sorrow, humor, cruelty and kindness are all related to the reader as only a true storyteller can do.
This haunting, funny, heartbreaking, gorgeously crafted story is beautifully and lovingly read by the narrator.
Definitely. This is one of those rare stories/performances that I still think about months after I finished the book. This heavy subject made for a beautiful story and the narrator made this feel like I'm watching a play in my mind. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find another book now that can hold my attention the way this one did.
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