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)
I love to read so much, but find it hard to sit down and get through a book anymore. Loving being able to listen to a story while busy.
Imaginative, sad, funny
Death's description of one Jew's soul he collected;"His soul was skinny. His beard was a ball and chain."This created a very vivid picture of the Jewish people's conditions during the Holocaust.
I had not heard Allan Corduner read before this. I certainly enjoyed the German and pronunciations throughout his reading. I undoubtedly would not have gotten the real feel for the language without his performance.
I haven't been this "in love" with a story's characters in awhile.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it seems to start out slow and almost difficult to follow, the narration slowly pulls you into a wonderfully woven story.
It is not at all what I expected from a Nazi Germany era story. So rarely do we hear stories from the average German citizen's perspective. Yet this one is so refreshing, honest and heart breaking.
I think this is one of those books that deserves to be heard, rather than read. The pace allows you to become wrapped up in Lisel's story. I especially loved the fable in the middle, at that point I was completely wrapped up in the book and hated for it to end.
This is a quiet time book and one that requires patience. But the message is so worth it.
Really gives tremendous insight into the German people who were caught in the Hilter madness of WW2
So true to life and mind expanding. Having just finished "Tale of Two Cities", I was especially understanding of the many decent German families that were destroyed by the NAZI's
Amazing!. Moves flawlessly between the American English and the German Language expressions and has outstanding vocal control to communicate the emotions in a most effective manner.
The Book Thief is good. "The Price of War" would be more descriptive.
Very heavy message but this is an extremely powerful, well written story with an extremely powerful narration.
Yes, It was amazing!
The story in itself is my favorite feature!
No, I have not listened to him before, but I would definately listen to him anywhere, he is quite talented!
Liesel Meminger was the most memorable but Death, Rudy, Papa etc were all memorable!!
heartbreaking but hopeful
The trajectory of the story was not predictable
Could not stop listening. Highly recommend it.
Everyone I know. It changes how you see the world.
The different voices used were great.
Setting: WWII from a young German girl and her family
After her neighborhood was bombed & when she reconnected with a Jewish man later in the story.
I felt the narrator's perspective was unusual and well written
The way parts of the story were given away and not allowed to be experienced.
I would have liked the story more if the narrator didn't give previews of important story material. Dealth of characters, etc. That was a huge let down for me.
Zusak let us grow to love the characters in the story by delving into their everyday world.
I can't answer that because this story isn't your typical Nazi Germany one in which there are so many bad guys. Instead the story shows us that there probably were so many Germans who had to fearfully just go along with the Nazis in order to protect their families.
His voice made the characters come alive!
I cried at the end, during the tender moment when Liesel finds Rudy.
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