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 way parts of the story were given away and not allowed to be experienced.
I would have liked the story more if the narrator didn't give previews of important story material. Dealth of characters, etc. That was a huge let down for me.
Zusak let us grow to love the characters in the story by delving into their everyday world.
I can't answer that because this story isn't your typical Nazi Germany one in which there are so many bad guys. Instead the story shows us that there probably were so many Germans who had to fearfully just go along with the Nazis in order to protect their families.
His voice made the characters come alive!
I cried at the end, during the tender moment when Liesel finds Rudy.
Yes, a hundred times yes. Perfect narrator, amazing story. Sad historical fiction, but beautiful work.
Absolutely Leisel. She deals with hardship in such a quiet and graceful manner.
Such emotion, perfect accent.
Allan Corduner is fantastic as the narrator, so able to take on the different emotions of the different characters.
This is my first time with this narrator, but I will look for him again.
I love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
A heart wrenching story set in WWII Germany. The love, life and crimes of a group of everyday Germans and their interaction with each other and others. It's an intimate story of a young girl, her family and best friend. It' a history of the war, caring and terrible atrocities that happened in Hitler's Germany with a lot of love thrown in for good measure. You'll cry. I sure did.
I will definitely listen to this book again. Hearing the voice of 'Death' narrate this story is incredible. It is such a good story to hear rather han just read
The Word Shaker
At first I didn't think this book was going to be for me. I kept with it and I was very glad that I did. This book gripped my soul and I was unable to put it down.
Captivating, enlightening, heart-breaking
There are so many to choose from! Perhaps the aftermath of the bombing.
Obviously Liesel but death, the narrator, takes a close second.
A great book written from a different perspective both in narration and in the common German experience in the war.
I loved this book-all 12 hours of it. The story was wonderfully crafted and the reader made the listening experience even better. Want to have the paper book for my library as well.
Rosa-I loved to hear him say Zaumeinch!
They were amazing, it was hard to choose, Rudy? the Mayor's wife? Rosa? Really it was Papa, if only there had been more men like Papa in 1939......
This was a beautiful story, told from a poor corner of Munich during WWII. The author is clever with his descriptions (a cardboard woman, a man made of oak, a candle-haired boy) but not to the point that the unusual turn of his phrases distracts from the story. It's a sad story, as anything set in this time must be. But it's much more than that--it's not a tearjerker or an epic tragedy--it focuses on the details of a few lives and manages to be uplifting and even funny at times. Corduner was spot on as Death, personified. He has a great baritone voice with real color. My only issue was that his voice had such depth that it was sometimes distracting when he voiced children and women. Don't let that dissuade you from listening though--by and large his performance is engaging and the story is worth your time.
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