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)
Different view point
I liked this book because it was written from the point-of-view of the average German family living during World War II. Death is the story teller and his tells about his encounters with a young girl. Not everyone is German is guilty.
I am always interested in different perspectives regarding WWII and its horrors. This book revealed yet another viewpoint. The narration was particularly masterful, and brought the complexity of the characters to life. I highly recommend this book.
I listened to Markus Zusak's The Book Thief while driving up and down the California Coast. The last chapter finally "did me in" reaching right into my heart and spirit. An amazing piece of literature and so well delivered that it has set the bar high for anything I read from now on.
It was so well delivered by Allan Corduner.
I'm recommending it to everyone who reads or listens to Audio books. Brilliant piece of work.
This is a great book! I loved the narration and will probably listen to it again someday. I loved how the author was able to keep you wondering what would happen next. Great book! Ü
YES. I loved everything about this book. It was an amazing story. It made me sad.... but I really enjoyed it.
I liked the girls foster father. He was a good man, a good father.
The Jewish man in the basement ... would love to hear his fully story.
The entire story is so true and real. I found the use of language fascinating. The narrator was perfect.
I found Leisel to be a true heroine. She lived life on life's terms and still found love, hope, and joy.
Too many. I think it was the reading of the book Max wrote for Leisel.
I would have if I had had the time.
I can't say enough about how great this book was and kudos to the narrator. He was excellent!
The story gives you a close up view into the affects of the Nazi regime, the Holocaust, and war on children and families. The story is sad, but even more so, it is about how love, resiliency, and kindness make all the difference in people's lives.
It is a must read.
The relationship between Liesel and Max and between Liesel and "papa". So lovely.
The personal story behind the horrors of war, hate, and evil. That goodness triumphs over evil. The
No. I like reflecting on the stories within the story. It is like eating something delicious. You want to eat slowly to savor and enjoy each bite.
when Liesel saw max in the in the line of jews going to the labor camp
I loved this story. Not sure why this is considered Young Adult, I wouldn't put it into that category.
Beautifully written and narrated It was refreshing to get the German view point of the war, as It seems I have been living in WWII England in my last few books and movies. I have been calling my cats all the German swear words for days now, they just roll off the tongue!
I highly recommend this book.
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