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 enjoyed listening to this book on a long car ride. I wanted my teen and tween to listen as well but they weren't as interested as I had hoped. It took me a little bit to get "into" the book and the narrator. I think that was what turned off my sons. But, then it was great and I enjoyed it a lot!
highly recommended for a glimpse of the life in Germany for everyday people during world War two
I decided to pick this book out of a staggering number of books on my list to finish because I knew it was a narrated story and thought that would add an extra depth to the storytelling of the book.
Mr. Corduner expertly brings you into the novel, with a certain calming voice that makes you believe he really is Death incarnate. The voices he uses for Zusak's story are within the delicate balance between uniqueness and overacting.
To put it simply, I loved it. (Even if I bawled uncontrollably towards the end)
Well written. Has an intriguing perspective which both teaches and inspires. This piece of art effectively establishes a child's perspective in Nazi Germany, fostering the development of creative and powerful messages about humans and society.
The story was well read and well written. Sometimes authors can overdo the adjectives. In this case the author does the heart rending story great justice. using death as the narrator was a masterstroke.
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