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, this book had an unique perspective of WWII from the viewpoint of Death.
The love of a mother who demonstrates it in a unique way.
He kept a stoic performance which would is expected from a narrator who portraying death.
I liked the neighbor boy.
A beautifully written and narrated story. Innocence during horrible history. Just a perfectly haunting story that will make your heart ache long after you finish.
Yes. It is a wonderful story of a girl and the relationship she has with her new parents, friends and neighbors during World War II.
After the bombing.
All of them. Allan really brought them to life.
Papa and Liesel
I don't think I would have enjoyed this book had I read it instead of listened. The narrator really brought life to these characters.
The narrator was unusual since he was death, come to take the souls away. But he had a very interesting perspective of the characters and their lives.
The very top!
It has such feeling, Such excellent writing too with a different approach to happenings in world War 2. I experienced war in Northern Ireland as a child and it brought back some vivid memories.
Everything.....he made it so believable.
I think the name is great!
It makes one realize how hard that war made life for many Germans too.
I have recommended this to several people already. Though it is a hard story, the depth of the character development is such that you feel you could meet any one of them on the street, and know them. I love a writer that can turn a phrase; there were so many that I wanted to remember from The Book Thief.
Gone with the Wind--such wonderful character development that you felt you were losing a good friend when it was over.
He varied the voices consistently for each character, making it easier to track them when listening. Very soothing to listen to him, even when the story was hard.
This story runs the gamut of human emotion--deep sorrow, loneliness, joy, worry, belonging, resentment, hopelessness, then hope.
I couldn't wait to get back to the book as I was listening. I enjoyed it very much, and highly recommend the Audible presentation.
It's one of my favorites. The story, the style of narration, the voice performance of the narrator all made this a captivating listen!
The developed personas a of each different character in the story.
No, I haven't listened to anything else by Alan Corduner
The performance by Allan Corduner is beyond fantastic. He is mesmerizing as the narrator, his voices for the characters are perfect, and he helps bring this incredible book about words to life.
Usually I'd write a meaty review, but I honestly don't have the words to describe this novel, it is beyond anything I'm capable of saying about it. If you haven't read this book, you must read it. If you have read this book, you know why.
No, the book was too slow. I didn't prefer it and couldn't even get to the end.
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