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 highly recommend this book - even though this is fiction, it is based around historical facts and concepts of the time. It displays the emotions behind true friendship and the hearts behind the first glance of those you meet. This book touches the soul
Loved the 13 presents that she brought to Max
This book made me laugh, cry and in general made me more conscience of how I treat others on a day to day basis.
Her father giving bread to the prisoners as they walked by
Laugh, cry, feel incredulous that this could have happened. Like most holocaust books I am overwhelmed with feelings throughout.
I had heard good things about this book and was anxious to read it. I could not have been more pleased - great character development, storyline, plot, and a good reader. I highly recommend it.
I have already recommended this book to more than one individual. The biggest reason why would be that I found the story absorbing. You can't help feeling the characters in this story.
It's hard to choose a favorite. Liesel engages your sympathies right away. Rudy is every impulsive moment in our lives. Hans (Papa) is everything that is noble within us that is still reasonable enough to feel fear and regret. Rosa (Mama) represents every challenge overcome that in the end seems not so bad. Max represents love, and strength, and courage. I can't say I can chose a favorite. The best I can do is to say that Rosa is my least favorite and that is because of her abusive nature at the beginning of the story.
Allan does an elegant portrayal of each and every character. I especially liked his portrayal of Death. You feel the characters of "The Book Thief" because he brings their thoughts and feelings to you. Thank you Mr. Corduner.
There is no better title.
This is a wonderful story. It will make my top 10 favorites list for a long time.
Hearing the story unfold.
That Himmel means Heaven.
It was too intense for that.
Death tells a sweet story through the eyes of a child.
Great prose, historic content, and gripping tale.
While some may think it odd, "The Glass Castle." Both are about young girls growing up amid adversity.
I am a homeschooling mom of 3 teenagers. I love to read and I love to crochet. With audible I've found a way to do both at the same time.
I felt like I got a glimpse of what it was like to be a young german girl during the Hitler regime. Having "Death" tell the story added to the aura and was quite appropriate given the subject matter. There was quite a lot of cursing in the book. Did not particularly enjoy hearing Jesus blasphemed constantly, but understand that it was part of the story and culture. I feel that I have gained a new perspective on this tragic time in history.
Yes, the narrator gave the story an extra something that you wouldn't get from reading it.
Leizel who was so young and had lived through so much had maturity far beyond her years.
There were so many, but maybe when papa was teaching Leizel to roll a cigarette. It was tender and touching.
Yes, it made me think and reminded me not to forget history.
This is a book I will listen to many times.
This book is like finding a treasure in an old fashioned flea market- a delight .
I have wondered from time to time what life in Germany might have been like after WW2 but never expected to have this amazing experience, a story about courage, loss, fear, love, compassion, and spunk! It never falters. I will look for more books by Markus Zusak
What a thoroughly original take on a story that's been told many times before. Beautifully written and sensitively narrated. I laughed and wept. A piece of advice -- thumb through the print version of the book to see how the author lays out the stories within the story, the headlines and other narrative devices. I won't give it away, but it's very creative.
I loved it all
Liesel was my favorite of course!
I am not sure
When everyone on her street died.
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