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)
So many people have recommended this book; even raved about this book. So, why can't I get through it? I've been trying for a year now and am so bored to tears that my mind wanders off and the book becomes background noise. I have even dozed off trying to get through it. I'm calling it quits!
I started reading this book in my quest to find excellent YA books to share with my future ELA classroom, what I found was a story that touched my heart, made me cry, and reminded me why I have dedicated so much time and effort to becoming a teacher- because of the immense power words have in shaping our world. I will share this book many times in the future with the young lives I have the opportunity to teach, and they will be better because of it.
This book was recommended to me be several people. The narrator drives me insane and I have no clue what is happening in the story. I listen to about thirty minutes all the while hoping it would get better.
Such a well written book. Griped me from Beginning to end. The reviewer who said it was sad at the end... That's too simple of description. It's ... Well... Read it... Or listen to it... ;-)
even though I had already read the book and seen the movie, I am so grateful that I had the audible experience as well. The rperformance s perfect, it did justice to the beautiful metaphors in this story. Hard to believe that a holocaust story could be uplifting.
I was hooked from the moment Liesel stole her first book. I wanted to find out more about this girl and what life had in store for her. This was not an easy story to listen to and did not have what most people would consider a happy ending, but it was well told. Worth picking up.
I usually prefer to read a book, but my commute has me listening to books now, too. This is such a wonderful story, and the narrator added an extra - and a very special - dimension.
Definitely. A great story, with a great narrator.
He sounded very natural, I've heard bits portions of audio book where I find myself taken out of the story with a distracting change in character/voice, but he kept me engaged throughout.
I'm VERY glad this was my first audio book
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