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)
Amazing. Absolutely amazing. This book transports you to a time and place you're not sure you want to be but you're sure you don't want to leave. The characters make you want to know everything about them. They make you want to shake them, hug them, run with them and love them.
Reviewing only the audiobook.
The narrator is rather inappropriate. That just ruined it for me and I wasn't able to finish listening. One of the reviewers said he sounds like Vincent Price, and I have to agree. Sadly that kind of gruesome and intense narration doesn't work with this particular book. I guess the narrator was trying to impersonate Death as one would do so telling a scary story to children. For me it just didn't seem serious/adult enough. I was under the impression that Count Dracula is narrating.
Definitely pick this book up in print.
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
I didn't think this was an out of this world kind of book I did however find this story to be one that would stay with you for a long time. The events, and happenings in this book show you both the beauty and the ugly brutality that human beings are capable of. It is a touching story that had a bitter/sweet ending. I gave it 3 stars as there were parts that had me dozing off or loose interest for an instance but the narration by death - Allan Corduner was amazing.
Eddo of Posted Note
While listening to this story I felt like a kite. At one moment soaring and the next hurled to the ground.
I recently went to Munich and I even visited Dachau concentration camp. I had no idea what this story was about when I started to listen to it and so it was with much surprise that I felt a little more connected to the story since I had only recently immersed myself in Nazi Germany history. This story is historical fiction painting a detailed look at the Holocaust from a German citizen's point of view.
This book is also very well written. The words are powerful leaving imprints on your brain sometimes with the pinpoint of a needle as with a tattoo and other times with a hot branding iron. Either way they are unforgettable.
I have not seen the movie but I can't imagine that it can compare. Allan Corduner should win an award for his performance. He brought each character to life and I think the book was made infinitely more enjoyable because of his narration.
I highly recommend this book.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I read this book when it was originally published. If one expresses interest in this book, I DO recommend the printed version, because of the drawings and the unusual font.
I was skeptical of this making a good audiobook. It is masterful. Completely. The reader's voice is delicious to listen to... and if you you can do is get this book on Audible, then be sure to look up Max's drawings (The StandOver Man... and one other that I don't believe is named)
The font used and the drawings are charming and can be found on the web.
Unfortunately, it was a bad film. It's not really filmable. Please do not judge this book if you saw the superbad movie.
But I digress. If you don't have access to the drawings, then LISTEN to this book. I can't believe I waited SO long to finally get it on Audio.... I just didn't think it would translate.
Oh, but it does... and does so magnificently. I know it won an important children's literary prize... but it's for everyone who loves good writing and master story telling. This might be my all time favorite audio book (and I have lots)
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