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)
Yes I would definitely listen again. This is the second Best Audio Book I have heard. The story is very well developed and easily captures you with every chapter. The narrator secured my attention in such a manner that if I missed a sentence I would go back to listen again. I felt as if I was present with every situation.
The most mysterious character was the Mayor's wife. Her sense of sorrow and interest in the child would play a significant role in her life.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
I passed this book so many times. Yes it was a best seller, yes it had great reviews I just didn't think I'd like it. Wow, so glad I was running out of choices. this is one of the best books I've read. The point of view is original. It's so human, with humor, and pain, suspense, and joy, laughter and heart ache. It has it all. I've never heard a story told this way about Nazi Germany, and yet I feel like it was very real. And the narrator I could go on about forever too. He added so much depth and dimension to the book I am sure it wouldn't have been the same had I read it. Still wonderful but without the inflections and accents absolutely not the same. I will miss the characters, and the only reprieve is that I heard there is a amovie, which I will have to wait to come out on DVD in March. Must read!
It's been a long time since I've read a really good book. It always catches me by surprise when I do finally do come across a really great book. The beauty of language in the hands of a skilled writer is a joy that is hard for me to convey. I'm not a skilled writer, unlike Marcus Zusak who makes the words sing and fly like a great artist. Even if he were sallow, his use of language alone would make this book worth the read. But he is not sallow. This is a book that will reach into your soul and show you your heart. It's a book about the universal human condition. It's life and love. It's death and sadness. It's hope and dreams.
I'll not give any spoilers, I'm sure you can find plenty if you look. This isn't a book that should be described; it should be experienced. Treat yourself and read the Book Thief.
No regrets or disappointments, you'll love it.
The story was so wonderful but it was told in such a choppy manner that Iconstantly had to backtrack. It was extremely annoying BUT Instill believe it's a book everyone ought to hear!
The new prospective on what it was like in WWII Germany and that one individual can change thecourse of someone's life forever.
No....he was fine....it was not his delivery as much as the disjointed and the way it was told by the grim reaper. I personally think the story would have been much more powerful had it been told in a less disjointed manner.
This is a book that I would have liked to listen to again but, sadly, it would be too annoying!
The story is a good one and the narrator is excellent
I really loved so many of them: Rudy, Liesl, Papa...they are so well drawn
He did an excellent job of discerning each character's "flavor"
No idea...but they made a film!
You won't be sorry if you listen, and you will be thinking about it long after you're done
I did not read the printed version
Just love this book. Happy and sad and hopeful in the terrible days of Nazis and world war 2 in Germany
Beautiful Characters - unique point of view of narrator
Rudy protecting Lisel
His accent and passion and clear portrayal of different characters were fabulous.
I read a couple of the reviews on this book so I downloaded it. Was totally glad I did. and then I couldnt wait for the movie to come out 2 weeks later.
Both were great.
Yes, the story was very interesting.
The perspective of the story teller and the way he described the details.
No, the narrator did a great job capturing the darkness of the story teller.
Beautifully told story with wonderful character development. Told from the point of view of Death during World War II, The Book Thief will haunt you long after you have heard the final sentence.
Leisel Meminger and her indomitable spirit. Her openness to new ideas and people. She is a heroine for the ages and she epitomizes the era in which she lives.
His is a wonderful narrator. He brings each character to life...even Death, the narrator of the book. You can see the characters as they interact with each other, not an easy task for a single narrator. Beautifully told.
No, I listened to it over a couple of weeks.
I listen to many, many books, including all of George R.R. Martin's, the Song of Fire & Ice - with the fabulous Roy Dotrice. This narrator is on par and the book is simply amazingly beautiful in it's description of love, loss, and unspeakable acts.
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