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 was a bit nervous because I knew this had something to do with WWII and nazi's thinking it would be "one of those books" but I was so wrong. It is much more than that and only uses that as a backdrop for a set of relationships and stories that transcend time period and environment.
The narration is my favorite EVER on Audible and that is coming from a sworn Simon Vance fan.
The writing is beautiful.
The characters are so real to me even now. I cried, I chuckled, I used words and phrases from it in my everyday vocabulary for months.
YES. GET IT.
This is on a par with the Help in my opinion. The narrator is brilliant. The story is haunting and made me marvel at the awe inspiring creativity of the human spirit that wrote this. I lived with the story for days after I finished. Some reviewers have suggested that the writing is almost prose-like...I would agree.
This is truly an amazing book. I feel very fortunate to have listened to it. So moving...what a great inspiring story. The first bit starts off slow, but give it time. You will be glad you listened.
I have hundreds of read books, this is a favorite. I may require it for my summer reading class. The tale is imaginitive, prose rythmic and story engrossing. I must also compliment the narration in this case. I didn't realize that it was written as a young adult novel until I started to seek other novels by the same author. Anyway, not your usual WWII Nazi Germany story.
This book really sneaks up on you. After half listening to the first hour I gave up, then I found myself driving without an auto book. I started where I left off and found myself wanting to stay behind the wheel to finish the book. What a powerful story.
This book was surprising good. It was somewhat difficult to get into at first, but once the story progressed it captured my interest. Very interesting style of narrative, unlike any other book I've read or listened to. It is definitely worth the time.
I thought the story was very well written and constructed with an interesting perspective. Narration was top rate. The story always remained interesting but not engrossing. The characters are the stars of the book, more than the plot. I can see why it got so many 5 star ratings and I would recommend it but not highly. I did feel at many points in the book that it was geared more to a teenage reader.
The unusual structure of this book may throw you off at first, but taking the time to adapt to the non-linearity of the storyline is an investment that pays off in the most valuable ways that literature can. It will enrich your understanding of humanity and make you feel in the most profound and haunting ways. The reading performance by Allan Corduner is well paced and effortlessly keeps your attention.
If you like to listen while out and about in public just set aside some personal alone time to finish it, it is likely to require a bit of privacy and time to digest.
Absolutely wonderful. Highly recomended. A great story, great narrator. Everybody that I know who has read this or listened to this book has loved it. Worth the credit for sure.
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