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)
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.
The Book Thief has been a favorite book of mine since the first time I picked it up, but hearing it read aloud by such a talented narrator has made the experience that much more wonderful. Highly recommended!
This has to be my favorite book let as well as my favorite Audible book due to the wonderful narration by Allan Corduner.
Beautifully written. Zusac has an amazing way with words! This is one I think I will listen to again and again!
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