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)
Sorry can't compare apple's to oranges. This is a great way to experience a great book while on the go!
I've read too many holocaust/WWII books. This one is unique. Captures the humanity of a sad time in human historyl
Death shows us what life is all about
This was the best book I've read or listened to in a very long time. The author does a simply phenomenal job of making the reader fall in love with words again through both a beautiful story and perfectly descriptive writing. The author conserves his words, and in doing so is better able to use them than any work I can remember. He also somehow manages to create characters so real and beautiful, I was moved to tears at the end.
The reader also does a fantastic job giving life to Himmel street, despite his role as death. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
An aside: it turns out this book is in the teen section of the book store if you're like me and keep favorite books in old fashioned paper. However if you think teen and twilight or hunger games, this book couldn't be any farther down the spectrum, and has won awards for excellence in young adult literature.
Wonderful characters and a story to touch your heart. I loved the reader. He was a perfect match for the story.
This is the first review that I have ever written, but I had to after a performance like that! The book is phenomenal and the performance by the narrator just makes it that much better!
It seems like it has elements of historical fiction, but not enough to be interesting.
Very competent performance.
None comes to mind.
I didn't find the story compelling and it wasn't terribly thought provoking. Not a memorable book for me.
I recommend this book highly. It made me laugh and cry and feel just about every emotion possible. The characters are well designed and the whole story is creatively written. Descriptions in the book took me to the places written about and I could envision each character to a "t". Beautiful book, beautiful story.
The Book Thief was an entertaining story that conveyed heavy events occurring in Germany during WWII in an endearing and lighthearted manner.
The book reminds me of the movie "Life is Beautiful." Both bring forth the positive -- even in the most dire circumstances.
I loved all scenes between Liesel and Rudy. The author artfully illustrates a sweet friendship between the boy and the girl that is blessed with mutual understanding, trust and respect.
If I could take any character from the book out to dinner, I'd invite the storyteller: Death. I'd ask the spirit more about the meaning of life, appreciating his wise perspective having seen everyone who lives at their lives' ends.
The narration and story telling style are great.
I'm not sure, while I liked the style of story telling, it took a long while to make me care about the characters or get to a point where I was heavily invested in them. Still the story was just about a girl's eventful life, there were crises and cartharsis throughout the book, but you sort of knew what was going to happen. There wasn't any one climatic struggle at least not until the end. There are some surprises, and some unexpected twists that make ths story overall enjoyable, and once you listen to chapters and chapters of rather mundane events eventually you get to the meat of the story, more memorable events, aspects of the characters that make you start to care about them. It just takes a while, and it took me several months of listening to it, getting bored with it, and picking up listening to it weeks later before I got to the point I couldn't stop. At that point I was 2/3 through the first part, so several hours in. So yes, it takes a while. But the unusual storytelling and unique point of view of the narrator is impressive and interesting.As an audio book this worked, I can listen to it when I have nothing better to do like when I'm driving to work, I don't think I would have invested the same amount of time had I actually been reading it.
Yes, his performance is really what helped push me through the slow points of the story and long explanations and setup at the beginning, he has a very interesting voice and speaking style.
I did get teary eyed at the end.
It's a good book if you don't mind it taking a while to build to the situation and invest yourself in the characters. It does pay off.
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