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)
I highly recommend this audiobok. I would have given the writing five stars, only that for there being a little too little adult content --- no strained marriages, etc. That is the only thing that gave it away as technically a 'young adult' novel. Yet it is excellently written with crisp phrasing, convincing dialogue, and successful description of place. Plot is good, but it is character development which keeps you invested. Narrator is great, no one could have done better; but given that death is the narrator I occasionally wished I was reading rather than listening, so that my internal imagination of the grim reaper's voice was the storyteller. Similar to but not quite as good a story as "all the light we cannot see', but I think just as well written.
First chapter a little off-putting, but when he gets down to the story telling, the story itself, and the words he chooses, are beautiful.
Very well written and enjoyable with emotional highs and lows. A story of childhood, of friendship and family, of loss and grief and hope. Absolutely worth the listen.
NOTE: I grade using a normal distribution curve
Zuzak pens an engaging, heartfelt story from the perspective of a most unusual narrator. His prose is very descriptive without being burdensome. The reader does an excellent job with the characters. Easily in the top ten novels I've read.
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