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 read a couple of the reviews on this book so I downloaded it. Was totally glad I did. and then I couldnt wait for the movie to come out 2 weeks later.
Both were great.
Yes, the story was very interesting.
The perspective of the story teller and the way he described the details.
No, the narrator did a great job capturing the darkness of the story teller.
Beautifully told story with wonderful character development. Told from the point of view of Death during World War II, The Book Thief will haunt you long after you have heard the final sentence.
Leisel Meminger and her indomitable spirit. Her openness to new ideas and people. She is a heroine for the ages and she epitomizes the era in which she lives.
His is a wonderful narrator. He brings each character to life...even Death, the narrator of the book. You can see the characters as they interact with each other, not an easy task for a single narrator. Beautifully told.
No, I listened to it over a couple of weeks.
I listen to many, many books, including all of George R.R. Martin's, the Song of Fire & Ice - with the fabulous Roy Dotrice. This narrator is on par and the book is simply amazingly beautiful in it's description of love, loss, and unspeakable acts.
I would listen to this book again. The depiction of the characters is so rich and life-like.
It's so cliche to say the book is gripping, compelling, and important, but those are the words that fit.
The narrator is the key to bringing a most interesting perspective to the reader.
I've not listened to Corduner before, but will look for him in the future.
I would chose to have dinner with and Hubermann. His patience and strength are extraordinary.
Audible books, wow who knew I would be so taken with reading.
War torn Germany, a small girl and not the heaviness of so many I have read. Papa is my favorite character. He is like still water to the girl. He gives her love and encouragement. This story holds wonderment and tears. The reader is perfect. The story is told by an interesting character, which brings you into the story. You will watch and observe with him. I hope the movie does this book justice.
Absolutely. The narration was key to enjoyment of this story, especially as there were words in German I would not have known how to pronounce. The story was compelling and the voices so distinct that you could tell "who was talking".
Realizing who the narrator in the story is. (there is an actual narrator in the story as well as the external narrator who was reading the story)
Liesel or perhaps Papa.
Don't want to give it away
The movie did a great job of showing the village and the general atmosphere, but missed so many details. The characterizations in the movie matched those in the book well.
Great package -- tender and entertaining storyline, fabulous narration!
Perhaps it has been done before, but I can't recall another story told from Death's perspective. It's a clever device and simply makes this story work. If I could go for coffee with and get to know any of the characters better, it would be Death. I'd have a million questions...
Hard to choose, they were all well done! He really nailed Rosa/Mama and her sourness in contrast with Hans/Papa and his sweetness.
Sure - though I seldom listen to anything in one sitting (life's too busy). For me, a good audiobook is one I listen to whenever there is a spare chunk of quiet time -- while brushing my teeth and putting on my makeup, driving to work and at bedtime -- until it's finished. This was one of those!
I loved the use of German followed by a pause and then the translation. Having studied German, this was a nice little quiz! There was just enough of a pause after the German for me to translate for myself before finding out if I was correct. I enjoyed the selection of German words chosen.
Yes, it was a beautiful and moving story with wonderful narration. I hesitated to purchase it because I was afraid it would be another heartbreaking holocaust tale, but it isn't. While the effects of world war II are the catalyst for the events in the book, there is a deeper story about love, friendship and loyalty. The suffering makes the story believable and reminds us that it is set in a tragic time period, but doesn't exclude the joy of just being alive and young. The book reminds us that while there is hope for a better tomorrow, life is happening now and small joys and minor victories can sustain the soul no matter what the situation.
Death was my favorite character because using his perspective on life, everything that happens in the story seems to enrich his sense of humanity and ours along with him.
The narration of this audiobook was perfect. The rich tones of Allan Corduner 's voice set a mood that refused to become maudlin, while looking closely at suffering and misfortune.
This audiobook took me to a terrible time in history but focused on good people doing their best to survive the times and retain their humanity. I feel this is the real lesson of the story.
I rarely listen to a book more than once. This one I will keep on my ipod for a long time. An extremely poor German town, an abandoned girl, the rise of Hitler. Then narrated by death.
Add these together and you would expect a horrible story. "The Book Thief" is touching and uplifting. Beautifully narrated, wonderful characters you grow to know and love.
Listen to this book. Actually listen to it a couple of times!
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