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)
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
Don't expect the ending to redeem the book. It is well written and has some witty lines and stories that will make you smile but overall is morose and will leave you feeling down on humanity. Other books on the subject matter such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas manage its little better in my opinion.
Even though the book was so sad and so painful at such a brutal time in history, the beauty of childhood and the power of love does come through. Great performance.
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