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)
The narrator did a great job at doing different characters and bringing you into the world of the book. Also the beginning voice was intriguing but was dropped and not picked up till the end.
The ending was most memorable by far. It was emotional, picturesque, and beautifully written.
His different characterizations and voices were well done.
Germans who weren't Nazis
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
For starters, if you like happy endings, this book is not for you. However, this book is wonderfully written, captivating and for all ages.
This is a story of love, war, sacrifice and choices.
It's a simple story, really: a girl, foster parents, an accordionist, a boy, poverty, hunger, simplicity and... death.
This is the story of Liesel. Because of the circumstances, she becomes the foster daughter of Hans and Rosa, who ask her to call them mama and papa, and love her deeply. Her papa is the one to teach her to read, and this way, he giver her thw world and the start of a new "career".
Even though the author doesn’t build up your anxiety throughout the book, he involves you in such a way that you want not only to finish listening, but also keep reading more about the true story behind the war. I balled like a baby when I finished it. This is one book I will take with me, recommend, and read/listen to again many times.
Most of the times, I can't be objective when I really like a book because I usually become captured when it's ending is captivating as this one. But if you only like happy endings then I don't think you're going to like this one.
Having a death as a narrator was simply amusing and delightful, as strange as it may seem, and you will only feel it when you read it. The narrator himself was also excellent and added a nice taste to the book.
Sometimes it was a little boring but since it's not that big it didn't last for long.
Overall it deserves a 4.5 stars on my scale.
I am so glad that my teenage son recommended this book to me. He was so enthusiastic that I couldn't say no. But little did I expect such an amazing ride. From the 'unique' identity of the storyteller, to the choice of imagery and the performance of the narrator - this was quite an experience.
The story was set in the backdrop of Hitler's Germany and it was profoundly poignant. The story was not about the Nazi's - it was about Leisel Meminger and her life - but you got a sense of how that time in history impacted this little girl who didn't understand what Hitler was all about.
The author was highly adept at creating a mood in the book - from the very first sentence. But I think the fact that it was an audio book enhanced - or intensified- that mood. I think a good comparison is the difference between watching Star Wars on a TV at home or watching it at the movies in surround sound. The audio of The Book Thief was a full experience; and the best audio book I have listened to.
Community Outreach Librarian. I wouldn't finish half as many books, if it wasn't for audio books! Mostly love non-fiction, though have loved many fiction recommendations from my colleagues!
Excellent story, characters and reader, with fine German accent. Learned more WWII history, German words and pronunciations.
The characters were wonderful. Extremely well written, believable and alive.
Everything. His tone, accent, and the depth of emotions in his voice.
When Lisel finally kissed Rudy.
Highly recommend this audio book. I did look at the print copy and realized the many drawings included, that I did not see, but it did not diminish my enjoyment.
Fascinating, Poignant, Intriguing
The narrator of the story is "death." He is a grim reaper character. I was immediately taken into the story by this unique twist. No matter what your religion or faith, this narrator is such a powerful perspective that the book is truly one of the best I have ever read.
Allan Corduner is the best audio narrator I have ever listened to. He has the perfect voice to narrate this book. He uses the appropriate German accents when necessary, and characterizes each person in the story with unique sounds and vocal mannerisms, yet it is never jarring or over the top. He is fantastic!
Liesel; because you love her from the very first pages of the book to the very last pages of the book.
When Papa first came to her room and played the accordian.
I loved the characters so much that I missed them for weeks after reading the book. It made me laugh and cry.
I truly enjoyed Death's perspective on the events of WWII Germany. The narrator's reading of this story brought it to life - upping the enjoyment level.
I would highly recommend this book. Better than most coming of age Stories. It was fantastic. The narration was great and the story Superb.
The memorable Moments were the characters, Max, Rosa, Rudy, and my Favorite Hans Huberman.
So many good scenes. And death as the Narrator draws them up very poetically.
Yes. I am not an emotional being particularly when it comes to film and literature. But this one did get to me.
Just a great book.
Riveting, Thoughtful, Meaningful
I like that Death tells the story, but also that it teaches a lesson and the heartache involved with the time and place the story is told.
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