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 could hardly stop listening this story set in Germany during WW II. The characters became my friends and I was totally wrapped up in their hopes and dreams and dilemas. It is beautifully written. A young girl's relationship with her foster father brought tears to my eyes. Her relationship with the Jewish boy they were hiding was extraordinarily touching.
5 Stars is not enough...This wonderfully woven tale about a young girl's struggle to grasp, going as far as "thievery", in order to attain the true power of Words during a time that Words only belonged to an evil power and all others were silenced and burned into heaps of ashes. Liesel is my newest hero, although fictional, her Words cut deep as did Anne Frank's.
If you haven't heard it yet, then its a must...but beware because this book is not for the faint of heart...as only Liesel knows full well!
A tale for the ages. This beautifully crafted and narrated novel reaches far beyond its Young Adult categorization. This fantastic tale provides a unique view of WWII from a universal yet German perspective that speaks to the suffering of all humanity in those awful, dark days. Highly recommended.
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Can we have just a little less breathless foreshadowing?
An actual story with some sort of rhyme and reason. It was just a book of rambling told through the eyes of Death.
His performance was the best thing about the book
Not really, I found myself day dreaming while listening to this book.
What drew me to the book was the thought it was going to tell the story of a young girl whose family is hiding a Jewish person during the war. But it took to long to even get to that part of the story.
I didn't really like any of the characters other than the Book Thief herself.
the constant swearing in German
the one thing I did kind of enjoy was 'Death' as the narrator
This book had me from the beginning. The narrator was great. So well written keep me total engaged.
Death-as we look at most books from the eyes of just one or two characters. The way this was written all characters were present throughout the story.
Deep rich tones to his voice make the story more real.
Tears, tears, and more tears some from joy, but mostly at the loss and hardships that were experienced.
Nice to see a book written for the other side of the war.
This was a rich, compelling story which focused on the most important aspect of life - hope. The narrator was divine - the perfect voice of Death, in Death's most delightful form. The characters had such depth and dimension that I felt a loss at the end of the book. This was a story that I wanted to continue. In fact, the narrator's perspective and the unique portrayal of Death would make a wonderful launch for other stories. I just loved it...
I bought the book several years ago and it's been one of my favourites ever since. The words of Markus Zusak are so powerful that I can feel them punching on my heart. Recently while I was browsing audible.com I saw this book is being promoted again probably because its been made into motion pictures. Suddenly missing the book so much, I bought the audio version to listen. I'm glad I made that decision for Allan Corduner sounds exactly what the Death would sound in my mind. He didn't do a good girl's voice though, that part bothered me a little.
I hope some government in this world would consider more when they decide to start a war towards other country. No matter how justified they think they are.
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