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)
The narrator did an outstanding job as Death, the story's narrator. I wasn't sure if I would like another book about WWII, but I was hooked on it from the beginning, and it never disappointed.
If you love beautiful writing and a story well told, you may enjoy enjoy this book as much as I did. Death tells his story and it is somewhat discomfiting as he goes about collecting those who died during World War II in one German town. It tells of both hope and despair as well as the human drive for survival.
I never listen to the same book twice. There are too many books I want to hear to take time to listen to something again no matter how great the story.
The bombing of the community.
The performance was excellent and very well done. If I had read the book I would have speed through it missing many of the details.
I can't imagine trying to do so, but with the time and ability to stay awake, why not?
For a true book lover!!
This book flowed wonderfully. The speaker was excellent. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
This book should be required reading in school and for heads of state. A wonderful testament of the human condition and a glimpse at the beauty and horrors of life. The author is a genius.
The narrator was incredible. His voice was truly the voice of a loving Death, sharing the story of a girl he admires.
Hope in the face of Sadness.
I have not, but I wish to now!
I laughed and cried. This book was so moving. One of the rare encounters with the human condition that makes you really FEEL something when hearing the narration of the novel. I can't express how great this was.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!
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