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)
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.
The Book Thief this particular book is very hard to describe a holocaust book? No, this book taking place in Nazi Germany is in my opinion about how resilient humans can be. Narrated by the Grim Reaper himself in a very cleverly put together story of a girl, her books. And the people whose lives that girl touched. I can say this much you cannot invent characters like the people in this book.
Compellingly Thought Provoking
Can't think of just one
All of it !
Can't think of a better name for this book
Forth is will be enjoyed by young and old, Jews, Germans..people
It's a tearjerker but also brought quite a few smiles.. What a horrible time in history. And a viewpoint that hasn't been beaten to death.
I first began listening to the book while driving and had difficulty staying focused on the book. Perhaps it was the drab tone of death. My mind kept wandering. About two-thirds into the book, I made the decision to start over and listen at home. I'm glad I did. It was a wonderful book and I found myself doing menial tasks just so that I could keep listening.
The characters were deeply developed and the story line was engaging. It was an informative and rich work of historical fiction.
It was not similar to but was as engaging as The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
The title character.
Moments such as the softening of the mother, the change in the mayor's wife, the devotion of the father – all were moving moments. It was particularly emotional when the book thief again lost her family.
This isn't an over-powering story. It isn't a world changing story. But it also isn't a formula, stock standard story. It's sort of a fairy tale set in a war zone, a fairy tale about regular people in extraordinary circumstances. Narrated by Death, nice touch there. And the writing isn't the typical modern formula either. There are many places where the author's use of words are so unique it caught me off guard, and made me stop and think. Instead of the typical descriptions of the sky or the cold or a feeling, they were unexpected and rich. I want to listen again and pay better attention as I'm sure there are more that I missed while I was following the story. This is the kind of book your high school literature teacher would have loved and the kids would have hated (remember Tess?). Given I'm long past high school and much wiser, I appreciated and enjoyed the craftsmanship. I'm sure I will listen to this over and over and recommend to friends. Once again, thanks Audible!
the simple way it is written
stealing the applesl
no wish i had
a simple life
just loved this story and allan corduner made it great!!!!!
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