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)
This book is very different from others. The narrator is death. I don't think that will ruin it as you figure this out by the end of first chapter. I was very confused for a bit. It jumps around a lot, but despite these two difficulties it pulls you in. I was not sure about the book about 1/3 way in enjoying but not loving it. Once I got use to the style, and drawn into all the characters I was hooked. I will say parents of teens should listen first, it is in many best teen reads. I would let my 14 year old read it but my 12 year old I would wait another few years. Some parents may be fine with any age, but you should judge for yourself.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
What a fascinating way to tell a story of how souls are picked up after the body has died. The spirit of Death follows a girl around in Germany during WW II picking up souls of people that have died around her, starting with her little brother. It is wonderful and thought provoking from beginning to the end.
This is my favorite audiobook so far out of the 70+ I've listened to so far. I cannot believe how moved I was by the story.
I loved Allan's performance! He was great at delivering the different characters. I loved him!
Buy this now and start listening immediately!
Yes, definitely - it's a rich and vibrant story of love and loss, and exquisitely told.
He had a wonderful versatility!
Death as the narrator, who warns you constantly about what's about to happen - that, I struggled with. It was very quirky, very strange. And I wasn't sure I enjoyed the constant series of spoilers. But it was a beautiful story.
Southern Girl Reads
Brilliant, moving, heartbreaking
Too many to name
It made me smile and made me sob.
I'm so glad I chose the audio version. Allan Corduner did a magnificent job and made a great book even better to listen to.
Fritz the assessor
This story is so good, it is hard to put down. Sometimes it would make me so angry, and then it would make me laugh out loud. The guy reading it is really really good. he is able to bring the characters to life. I felt as if I actually knew Liesl, and the Ubermans. As if Hans and Rosa lived down the street from me. Not that I can even imagine living during that time. I listened to it, and then listened to it again, and then a third time just to make sure that I would remember each and every character. They are all so real. It is a history lesson that should never be forgotten.
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
Calling The Book Thief a kids' books is sort of like saying the same thing about To Kill a Mockingbird. While the main character is a child, and there's nothing overly complicated structurally or thematically, making it accessible to a younger audience, the emotions are complex, the writing rich, and the subject mature. Ok... so maybe that was a glorified way of saying it's a good book for many ages, but coming across such a find is tough.
Many great books have been written about The Holocaust, but one of the things that makes The Book Thief unique is the treatment of Germans caught up in the insane nationalism of Nazi Germany. While it may be a bit tongue in cheek to say that everyone in The Book Thief is "human", Zusak does a fantastic job of keeping humanity at the forefront of the story. Death, fear, cruelty, love, compassion, selflessness, and loss are all players, but The Book Thief puts humans first, and what they do second.
A definite buy for anyone looking for a well narrated, genuinely emotional listen.
The narrator, Allan Corduner, brought the words to life.
I can honestly say I cannot think of another book I have read that is anything like this one. Starting with the storyteller himself, Death.
Everything. His voices were so distinctly different for each character. He does such a fantastic job. I never once wondered who was speaking.
No. I was ok taking a couple weeks listening to it on my work commute. But when I was down to the last 3 hours, I did stop everything else in my life, sat down, put the headphones on, and listened to the end.
The only reason I did not give the book 5 overall stars is because of the foul language and taking the Lord's name in vain many, many times. This story, as well as any other, could have been told with the same emotional impact, without the cursing.
Great story, loved the part it was told by Death giving the story an eary feeling. The story was a great and good surprise.
I was expecting a heavy story about WWII, but is managed to tell the story of the girl and the other characters (Jewish and German) in a very light and tantalizing manner while taking nothing of the severity or depth of the issues involved.
This is definitely one of the best audio books I've had the pleasure of listening to.
I laughed, I cried and I will listen again. The story is relevant to our history as well as to our future. The narrator is able to both soothe and haunt with his extraordinary accent and cadence.
So many memorable moments. But when Liesal says her farewell to Rudy... Now that is a love story.
Most definitely! You won't want to put it down.
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