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)
Awesome piece of historical fiction based on life if a little German girl during Heitler's reign. Wonderfully written. Uniquely written through the eyes of death, or the soul collector.
teacher & book lover
I love death as a narrator! This book is sweet and endearing and vastly moving and sad. It should be read by every teen!
There is a movie and it is fairly good. But the book is SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL!
Never has a book narrated by Death and wholly encompassing WWII and the holocaust been such a joy and heartache to read. Surprising prose, moments of childish purity, and intense pangs of drama and sadness. Amazing book.
I've read this book half a dozen times, and it is, without a doubt, the best book I've ever read! I was able to convince some of my favorite people to listen to the audio book, as they aren't big into reading, and had them in tears. Absolutely amazing.
What I loved most about this story was so much or the ordinariness of life was intertwined with the heartbreak of war. The language was beautiful and also the narrator did such a great job I was completely lost in the story. Even the occasional German word was said with an accent appropriate to southern Germany. Which was another thing I loved - the inclusion of German slang and idioms but with very unobtrusive translations. I have listened to many books and this is one of my top 10, maybe even top 5.
This book is AMAZING, a true work of literary art. The words on the page itself are strong, but they are brought to life through the narration. The characters and their voices were so compelling and I can't wait to listen to this story again. Thank you for a new classic.
Side note: very helpful to listen to the book with all the German words and pronunciation. However, I would recommend a paperback copy as well- to see how the text is organized and the sketches, sample books, etc.
right from the start I was overwhelmed by the author's style... the pairing of color and emotion was nothing short of a delicious treat for my ears. the narrator's voice is a perfect pairing... like chocolate with a rich red wine. the story is captivating and i especially love the persona of the "spirit" relaying the story. i know I will re-listen for years to come and add a hard copy to my library (reserved for only a select few).
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