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)
Eddo of Posted Note
While listening to this story I felt like a kite. At one moment soaring and the next hurled to the ground.
I recently went to Munich and I even visited Dachau concentration camp. I had no idea what this story was about when I started to listen to it and so it was with much surprise that I felt a little more connected to the story since I had only recently immersed myself in Nazi Germany history. This story is historical fiction painting a detailed look at the Holocaust from a German citizen's point of view.
This book is also very well written. The words are powerful leaving imprints on your brain sometimes with the pinpoint of a needle as with a tattoo and other times with a hot branding iron. Either way they are unforgettable.
I have not seen the movie but I can't imagine that it can compare. Allan Corduner should win an award for his performance. He brought each character to life and I think the book was made infinitely more enjoyable because of his narration.
I highly recommend this book.
I love literary fiction and I occasionally delve into non-fiction. I love books that are suspenseful and am really into well-told stories.
I read this book when it was originally published. If one expresses interest in this book, I DO recommend the printed version, because of the drawings and the unusual font.
I was skeptical of this making a good audiobook. It is masterful. Completely. The reader's voice is delicious to listen to... and if you you can do is get this book on Audible, then be sure to look up Max's drawings (The StandOver Man... and one other that I don't believe is named)
The font used and the drawings are charming and can be found on the web.
Unfortunately, it was a bad film. It's not really filmable. Please do not judge this book if you saw the superbad movie.
But I digress. If you don't have access to the drawings, then LISTEN to this book. I can't believe I waited SO long to finally get it on Audio.... I just didn't think it would translate.
Oh, but it does... and does so magnificently. I know it won an important children's literary prize... but it's for everyone who loves good writing and master story telling. This might be my all time favorite audio book (and I have lots)
I really wanted to love this book, but I found myself drifting a lot. Not a good sign. It was a very good story, but it is "told" in the most drawn out for effect way that got old fast.
This classic book gives new life and insight into Germany and World War 2. Written from the perspective of a child, this story gives you pause to understand the tragedy from yet another perspective.
Awesome piece of historical fiction based on life if a little German girl during Heitler's reign. Wonderfully written. Uniquely written through the eyes of death, or the soul collector.
teacher & book lover
I love death as a narrator! This book is sweet and endearing and vastly moving and sad. It should be read by every teen!
There is a movie and it is fairly good. But the book is SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL!
Never has a book narrated by Death and wholly encompassing WWII and the holocaust been such a joy and heartache to read. Surprising prose, moments of childish purity, and intense pangs of drama and sadness. Amazing book.
I've read this book half a dozen times, and it is, without a doubt, the best book I've ever read! I was able to convince some of my favorite people to listen to the audio book, as they aren't big into reading, and had them in tears. Absolutely amazing.
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