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)
Well written. Has an intriguing perspective which both teaches and inspires. This piece of art effectively establishes a child's perspective in Nazi Germany, fostering the development of creative and powerful messages about humans and society.
The story was well read and well written. Sometimes authors can overdo the adjectives. In this case the author does the heart rending story great justice. using death as the narrator was a masterstroke.
Yes -- it was so well read, the characters really came alive.
The character development, and the relationships between the characters.
His ability to portray so many different characters so that they all stood apart from each other.
Death. He was actually a very sympathetic, thoughtful and gentle character; quite misunderstood by the general public!
Highly recommended audiobook.
How can a tale of such tragedy be so lovely and so immensely funny and sweet. Between Zusak's incredible writing and Corduner's nuanced performance, I was stunned.
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!
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