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)
The narration makes the book three-dimensional. More so than even reading it. I would highly recommend this book especially to somebody who appreciates great metaphors.
What an incredible and unique story, a sharp eyed and original view of WW2. Beautiful writing and a terrific reader.
I Learned a great deal about many wonderful German people during the horrific rule of Hitler. I thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as the reader!!!! Well done!
Reading through Amazon's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime." Finished 38 and counting!
Beautifully written, beautifully read. A classic for all ages. It's a story of the sweetest things in life, and the horrors which, in contrast, make them even sweeter.
This is one of those books that sticks with you long after you have listened to it. I will hear something about Nazi occupation and will recall scenes from this book. It quickly engages the listener and stays interesting throughout the entire book. I have not yet seen the movie, but believe that I will prefer what I imagined from listening to the story. I highly recommend this book.
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