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)
This is such a terrific book. The story of a fostered pre-teen girl in WWII Germany told from a completely unique point-of-view will never be forgotten. It's beauty is especially powerful when rendered in audio and the read by Alan Corduner strikes the perfect chord, wistful and lovely.
I enjoyed The Book Thief very much. The writing and the plot are wonderful, as it the idea in general. The characters were well presented and very funny, especially the children.
The narrator added to the quality of this book. The matter-of-fact presentation is just what is called for here, and the accent is nice, too. I like this version of death personified. I hope the real one is this feeling.
I prefer audio. I walk for exercise a lot, and it is very nice to concentrate on a good story while walking.
Sarah's Key. Holocaust stories.
When she broke into the mayor's house and took a book from his library.
Her adoptive father. He was a very compassionate man and led a very interesting life.
This book was well written and did not get too gruesome with the Holocaust happenings.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
This is a beautiful story narrated by Death and set in Nazi Germany. A tale of hardship, heartbreak, and hope. Melancholic? yep, life affirming? yep Do I recommend it? Every single word, every nuance and with every tear...I hope you choose to share the experience. The narrator was great, the entire package worth every penny. I don't think we can ever afford to forget this tragedy and this book makes it all so real, how the German people suffered and starved and lived in fear... how the Jews fought for survival. This ranks in my top 100 books...and I have read thousands...over 600 Audibles alone, God only knows what I spend with Amazon. I know from whence I speak. Spend a credit, set aside a time to really listen...you will not regret this purchase.
Somewhere in the middle. It was a unique book but very long and hard reading (emotionally).
I liked the narrator; he is very good. I liked many of the characters. The story was written in an interesting way.
The papa--Hans,sr....Liesel...Max.....the mayor's wife....it's hard to choose just one among the many memorable characters.
No. It took many sittings.
I never write reviews, but I felt compelled to share just how wonderful the performance of this audiobook was. Allan Corduner captured each character perfectly. I never lost track of who was speaking. The humor, the heartbreak. It was all there. I don't usually re-read (or re-listen to) books, but I know I'll want to experience this book again.
What a beautifully written and read book. Alan Corduner has definitely perfected each character. You will love it. I did not want it to end.
This is a riveting story with masterful narration by "Death." Narrator Allan Corduner brings this book to life and I became very involved with each character, often being reduced to tears or raised with laughter. Not a light read, but a story that leaves one sad and uplifted at the same time. Highly recommend!
I actually had the book and began to read it. Curiosity made me click the little round button on Audilble under the cover of the Book Thief. Well, When I heard Allan Corduner's voice, I said that is the perect voice for death and purchased the book right then and began to listen. His voice took me on a journey with death and Lisle. One that will haunt me for a long time. Beautifully written with such insight. This should be on a book list for Middle Schools and High Schools.
I am so glad I listened to this book rather than read the print version. Allan Corduner does a fabulous job bringing the story and characters to life. It was such a pleasure to listen to.
I loved this book!
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