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)
Told the German "everyday man" side of the war, which I had not really heard before. Innovative approach with Death narrating. Very moving journey of a young girl and her adoptive family.
Sarah's Key due to holocaust themes and a child's journey; A tree grows in Brooklyn due to the journey of a young girl facing hardship,
the bombing scenes were very suspenseful and tragic. I also liked the scenes with the mayor's wife. I didn't enjoy the various death scenes, but they needed to be told/scene to make the story complete.
yes, this book moved in many ways, happy and sad.
best book of the year for me.
I cant imagine "reading" this book any other way but listening to it....the reader was wonderful....hated for it to end. The story was bittersweet and powerful....but really the reader made the story even better and more poignant....
yes, the characters continue to haunt me
The way it is told and the unique perspective on life for average Germans under Hitler.
Many innocent civilians were caught up and perished in the madness.
Brilliant narration and accents.
Rudy and Lisel
DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED BY THE SLOW AND OBSCURE BEGINNING. IT REALLY PICKS UP AND GRABS YOU.
Doesn't matter how young or old you are...this story is timeless. Not overly sentimental yet deeply emotional in intensity. Put this one on your To Be Read list. RW
In saying that, I mean that this story is amazing, Well written and Very Well read. The personality of the characters, you come to know and love them personally. If you read Diaries of Anne Frank, this is a MUST READ!
The narration was superb. It is read from the perspective of the Grim Reaper which was very unusual but endearing all the same.
It is an unspoken love story in that The Book Thief loves so many people without ever telling any of them out loud. I love that this book shows how the written word is so powerful and enormous in so many different ways. How learning to read changed one child's life and the individuals around her.
His accent made the book very real. I don't think reading it would have been as fluid because I would have stumbled over the pronunciation of the German words.
I love the name
War's innocent details
The Story being told from Death's perspective, along with it's self description. The authors ability to have Death tell the story sans emotion while making the reader find understanding and deep emotional connection to all the characters was outstanding.
Hans Huberman. Allan Corduner was really Hans in another life, right?
For me it would be the Mother who gave up Lizzel and her brother in hopes of saving them, only to have to bury her son before reaching her destination. What utter heartbreak must have followed her to her grave.
This is on my list for one of the best works I've read in my life.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to since I subscribed to audible. Top ten.
It really immersed me in second world war Germany and I could feel Himmelstrasse coming alive in my minds eye. The compassion of human beings traverses sides and it was quite evident early that the German people were far from enamoured by Adolph Hitler. The characters were quite vivid to me. It really reminded me that 'the German people' were subjected to a war and oppressed by a madman.
The narrative was excellent and the saukerl and saumensch regularly used with playful emphasis raised a smile.
It was a moving tale, beautifully written and narrated. A real mix of emotions from humour that made me laugh and then such sadness that did raise a tear. A real rollercoaster.
Will certainly revisit the book once my vivid memory of the text has faded a little.
The Book Thief is definitely in my top ten audiobooks .Probably somewhere around seventh place.
I loved that it was a very simple story with really believable characters. It could have been written by Dickens, indeed, the three main characters are reminiscent of the Gargery's and Pip in Great Expectations. It deals with a very difficult time in our history and does so with great understanding and humour. The future of great storytelling is in safe hands.
Mr. Corduner is the perfect reader for this book. The characters are well defined and he expresses the emotion of the book excellently. When I read my paperback version it's his voice that I hear in my head.
Possibly "The Reaper and the Child"
We all start reading books with a hope for something breathtaking. In "The Book Thief" you are greeted by the voice of death, and the story promises to be quite amazing. Taking into consideration the gentleness of death's soothing narration, one cannot help but accept the invitation for an enticing journey.
It's hard to overestimate the literal beauty of this well-written book. It was a pure joy to be guided through the pages of Leasel's life. With each page flipped over, so many lives were lured into death's soft, mighty hands. Nobody can escape that outcome, although a few can impress it. Leasel, and those close to here, were the ones that did a spectacular job at it, making this story such a pleasant adventure.
I should give special attention to the audio version of the book. The listening experience was particularly enjoyable as the narrator did such a spectacular job at imitating the author's vision of how the story should sound like. The whole book was like a sweet lullaby sung by death, praising the human race in general, and certain souls in particular.
I would highly recommend to read/listen to "The Book Thief." The recently produced motion picture only amplifies the overall positive impression left by the book. If you're looking for a story to touch your soul and leave some memorable moments for years to come, consider asking the compassionate death to read out loud this one for you.
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