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)
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.
Beautiful imagery made the whole book like a poem. I fell in love with all of the characters and then got my heart broken at the end.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Narration... the influence of my German, Polish heritage, stories from my parents, and of their grandparents.
Loved his portrayal of Rosa, and Liesel, her saying to her mother, "yess mama", while Rosa called everyone, dirty pig, saumensch, and saukell.
Poppa letting Liesel know that he knew she beat the crap out of a boy, and she asked if Rosa-momma knew... and his reply, "you're still alive, aren't you?"...
I loved the viewpoint of the story, as seen thru the eyes of war ravenged Germany; the hardships of growing up, the first hand views of trying to stay on the right side of the Gestapo, the hatred by Hitler in Germany of Jews, and Communists, and what Liesel saw growing up. I loved the commaradry between Liesel and Rudy. Loved the book thief's visits to Ilsa's libray. Lastly, a note about Death's own comment, about how people are scared of ghosts, and he is scared of people. I found it intriguing how Death took Liesels book , and didn't return it until he came for her. You saw the love that Liesel had for her foster parents, Max, and Rudy.
Quite a unique story.
I enjoy learning as an every day pursuit limited only by time and innovation.
Absolutely amazing book that makes its reader laugh and cry along with its characters as they live triumphantly, love deeply and die silently in the night. A story of love and loss based in a time of great sorrow for all of humanity; Nazi Germany. Strongly recommended for all who cherish life.
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.
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