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 listen to many books on a regular basis-but rarely do I come across those that I want to listen to straight through. This is one of those rare gems.
I remember always having a book in my hands growing up. It was my way of escaping. I now listen as well as read!
I generally don't watch a movie until I have read the book. This time I saw the movie first. The book was better.
I really loved this book. The performance from the narrator was fantastic. I loved the story and was very satisfied with the ending. I felt like I was really there in the story. I would definitely read more titles from this author.
An intricately woven tale with rich fully developed characters and storyline. The narration is brilliant and helped me to truly "Read" this book.
I'm hard to please. You won't be disappointed.
I have a photo of my mother taken sometime in 1945 outside of Munich. She is 9 years old and in rags and is gathered around a US GI, with 7 or 8 other children. There are dozens of superlatives I could use to describe the book thief, but none do it justice. I'm grateful to the author for illuminating the humanity, humor, and horror of that time.
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