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)
mesmerizing, evocative, engaging
Incomparable, I am now going to look for more books that might be this good
Somehow his voice brings that geography and period to life, more so than if it were in my voice
This author's use of words is so beautiful, it was like listening to a piece of art.
Tell us about yourself! I love books! Managed a book store for 10 years. Love my Kindle and Audible.
YES!! Allan Corduner embodied the character of death.
How these ordinary people overcame horrific times, and the love they showed each other in such extraordinary ways. I'm crying just remembering them.
He turned a really good book into an excellent unbeatable book
I like that title it peaked my curiosity
I can't find a book to match it and would appreciate any recommendations
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and felt the narrator did an excellent job. I'd recommend this book to almost anyone, the writing was excellent.
I recommend this wholeheartedly. The author is brilliant with turning a phrase (beautiful prose throughout), the point of view was a unique & effective twist (I had to reread ch 1 a couple of times before I got it, but after that it felt like the only way it could have been written), and the mix of solemn, loving, and lighthearted approach to the story was refreshing & uplifting.
It is beautiful in every way: fascinating historical details, deep and varied characters, a love for life & beauty & humanity, a gripping story with love, loss, mystery, surprises, and may I say again, phrases to savor all throughout the book.
The Help -- Story, characters, & historical interest.
Tale of Two Cities & Name of the Wind -- Depth and beautiful prose.
I laughed some, cried a little, smiled much, and was left better at the end than when I began.
This book is a caress of love, loss, wisdom and perspective, and it offers all this with just the right amount of humor, wit, and clever phrasing.
The author is self-absorbed, the written pretentious. All very off putting. I was unable to listen beyond the prologue.
The story, the writing, and the narration alone are more vibrant and vivid than any movie director could possibly portray on the screen. Unlike any movie, the reader/listener, becomes part of the story line, able to almost see, feel, and touch the world within the book. I almost passed up this one because of the YA title attached to it, but very early into it am glad that I didn't, and hope that you will not do the same, as this is a book for everyone! Give it a try....you won't be disappointed!
I thought it was a fantastic story about an incredible time in history. You can FEEL the hearts and emotions of the characters in the story. It is a story of faith and love and compassion which can be found in even the hardest of times. The promise the father gave to the friend who saved his life. And he kept that promise, while putting all in his home in danger.
The Narration was terrific. I haven't heard any other performances by Allan Corduner, but I will look for him again in the future.
I think the title is Perfect. I couldn't come up with anything better if I tried.
I am a truck driver, a mother and a wife.
The narration of Death by Allan Corduner was incredible. I really felt like Death himself was speaking to me thru my earpiece.
The performance was a work of art
Mama, you zaomench!
Perhaps the best performance I've enjoyed thus far on Audible
I can't pick! I love Liesel, Rudy, Max, Liesel's dad, her mom, you name it. They were all plucky and sweet and funny in their own way.
Allan Corduner as the narrator (Death) was perfect and so funny!
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