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)
One of the best audiobooks I've listen too so far. The narrator does an amazing job. Just listening to the prologue I had goosebumps.
I've been trying to get into this book for months, reading it. I had to keep starting over mostly because I didn't have time to sit and read. Once I started the audio, read by the most perfect reader, I was pulled right in. His accent, his caring voice. Brilliant. And since I could listen while I drove, cooked, cleaned I had plenty of time.
Excellent story of humanity. However, this is maybe the first time ever I liked the movie more than the book. I didn't like how the narrator (death) jumped around and gave things away.
Death as the narrator gave a unique perspective. The German citizens perspective of the holocaust is not one I've read as much about. The narration created a relationship between the reader and the characters. It made you love them.
Her words have life unto themselves .she used words to assault your senses. she breathed life into very poignant scenes. It was a time of monumental horrors and untold kindnesses. seeing it through the eyes of a child touched my heart.
I listened to this book after my wife downloaded it to our account. I found it moving and also very entertaining with deep characters. I probably wouldn't have chosen this book on my own, but count it among the top tier of my library.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this tale narrated by Death (The Grim Reaper) in a touching way. Humanizing Death is no small feat, and it made this tale all the more mesmerizing. I listened to it over just 3 days. Even when you know what will happen, still you want to hear Death share it with you. It is amazing how such a small slice of the world (a single street outside of Munich) can seem to capture so perfectly the emotional impact of WWII in Germany on truly good souls.
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