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)
Wonderful and original point of view, beautiful story. I loved it.
Rudy, he was a young full of life boy that felt life and gave life and was ever hopeful.
Death, he was an honest deliverer of heart and a true teller of stories and easy to believe and see through his eyes.
Mama, her roughness was her love. A guarded bit of love and beauty.
Book Thief, like Death said, good at being left behind, and one who lived life
When Rudy was standing in the water with the book
Death. Even when the story was over I wanted him to continue to another story with the ins' and outs.
Keep writing. Just keep writing.
Painful story told beautifully. Better than reading it myself. Great performance! Made Audible subscription worth every penny. Keep the tissues handy...
What a powerful story of history's darkest days. The narrator was truly believable to be Death himself. It was difficult to wait for the next chance to listen to the story.
This book definitely exceeded my expectations. The story is captivating, the writing uniquely descriptive, and the narrator a perfect fit. Loved it all!
This story was really special. From the outset of the book, the reader is almost forced to fall in love with Liesel. She speaks to the inner child in all of us and to the lightness of youth. I think this aspect of character development is driven by the writing and the writer. The narrator however, gives the remainder of the characters unbelievable life, especially Rosa Hubermann.
This wasn't quite a tearjerker for me but it definitely highlighted atrocities of WWII in a very different light--that of juvenile innocence and clarity. I would absolutely recommend this book to young adult readers.
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.
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