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)
It is hard to imagine people living in such heart-breaking circumstances. The things this family had to do to simply survive are unimaginable.
I love to read and listen to books.
The people narrating the story.
Liesel,, because she was so sweet and accepting.
When all of Liesel's family was killed.
I liked the way the narration changed from liesels point of view to other people's point of view. This book wasn't what I was expecting it to be, but it was still good,& Rudy is my favorite character,favorite part is when liesel finally kissed Rudy.
Yes! It was a wonderful story, and the narrator did a splendid job voicing different characters in such a way that did not distract, but enhanced the performance.
The perseverance of the characters in the face of tragedy and injustice.
Tough question, but I think Lisel was my favorite.
Lisel - charming, hungry for learning, compassionate, innocent, fearless, and loving.
I had a feeling how it was going to end, and I was hoping for a different ending. I was wrong, but the ending was still satisfying even thought not as happy as I hoped for.
This story is entertaining and well-suited for audio. I enjoyed hearing the German words and the story told with the reader's inflections.
I really liked the story told from the German citizen perspective for a change. Made me think about the bigger picture for Germany. We usually hear about the Nazi or Prisoner perspective. I found this view enlightening.
Yes. The story is told by 'Death' personified. It is a wonderfully creative idea
Nothing. Narrator was wonderful.
It's not often, at all, that I give a book a five-star rating, but this one gets it! The characters are well developed, and I grew to love them quickly. The descriptions were so vivid, I could feel myself in the story. The story wasn't too wordy, and it didn't leave anything out that needed to be there. I usually listen to books while doing laundry. I didn't want to stop listening, so I did all of the laundry in one day, and even stripped the beds, just so I had an excuse to keep listening. Great story. The narration performance was superb! Thanks to the author and narrator for a great experience. FIVE STARS!
A beautiful, heart-wrenching story of survival, persecution, frustration, creativity, war, loyalty, evil, love, and the power of words and literacy. Well-written, skillfully narrated - a masterpiece.
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