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 Book Thief is at once compelling and devastating. Never has a book shown me a sky more cleverly and seductively described, each capturing any mix of my five senses. The story is a compelling blend of character and context, and the levity of Death as the narrator gives it a wonderful balance. And Alan Corduner's Death is unrivaled.
I usually cry when I read books with sorrow this was like living during ww1
I wept as if I loved Rudy, as if I lost my whole world that day. I felt the story as if I was reading my own. Also I love how it was narrated by death. it was nice to see him in a different perspective. not as the villain but as someone doing a job that no one else wants but that has to be done.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the themes, and the characters, but my favorite aspect of the book was that Death (the Grim Reaper) was narrating. This device allowed Markus Zusak to share some thoughts on death, dying and surviving that might have sounded out of place coming from any of the characters. This book is good reading for anyone and everyone age 9 and up. It would be a stretch for a pre-teen, but the central characters are pre-teens.
I was touched by all the times Liesl refused to kiss Rudi because she didn't want to alter their friendship.
Allan Corduner enhanced this story with his reading without drawing undue attention to himself. I would enjoy listening to him again.
When Death is haunted by humanity.
The narrator did an outstanding job as Death, the story's narrator. I wasn't sure if I would like another book about WWII, but I was hooked on it from the beginning, and it never disappointed.
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