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 of this book was AMAZING! Great story which was enhanced by the performer!
His voice, accent, German pronunciation; he made this book SO enjoyable for listening!
A MUST listen!
it took me awhile to get into the story but it is worth it. as told from the view of death, the story will grab and carry you thru the life of a young girl in WWII.
Some of the best descriptions! The descriptions tell the story in a way that is brilliant and beautiful. Although this book is sad it is also real and shows love and beauty. How the view point of death is told is incredible and makes people think of what it is like to die. How death itself doesn't like taking people but has no other choice. Very well written and the narrator is one of my favourites!
stunning, striking, moving and honest. a gorgeous story written with bold artistic strokes. love the reader. love this book.
I think that listening to a book like this is a richer experience than reading it. I probably won't go to the movie. It is a book like "The Book Thief" that makes you long for radio instead of movies. The personalities of each of the characters, even the minor ones, give a sense of what it was like to live through the reign of the "Furor". The sacrifices of the normal people(in the Nazi party or not) was similar to those experienced by the whole world at the time except for the few of privileged. It was very realistic including the harboring of a Jewish
"boarder" who had been related to a Jew who saved Lisel's adopted "papa's" life.
Maybe a little Anne Frankish?
His voices and even the enunciation of the German city names and the less than complimentary terms of endearment bandied about made the story real.
When a Jewish merchant's door was defaced, Hans Hubler was there to paint it the next morning.
I am not sure how this book was suggested, but it doesn't seem like something I normally would have picked I glad I listened. It gave me more perspective on the era.
The Book Thief was a wonderful dance into the life of a little girl with such great determination, A willingness to love, accept and embrace life in a war torn Germany under Nazi rule. Under overwhelming hardships this story delivers and puts the reader directly alongside the little girl. brilliant! T
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is not a light book by any means, but it is one of those rare books where you fall in love with the characters. The narration by Allan Corduner is superb, I could not imagine better.
I love this book it was beautifully told and written...
stories like this make it all worth while to read and listen to....and to know that there is still beauty in the world.
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