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)
Yes, I would recommend this book.
Because this story is told by Death himself, it is able to take you places in an intimate way, describing war and abandonment as only death can.
Although the story is sobering it is also replete with hope, love and courage. The Book Thief simply steals your heart.
Angela's Ashes, only not as depressing.
The Secret Words of a German Girl
I appreciated the invitation to experience this unique perspective of life in Nazi Germany.
This story was amazing. The writing was beautiful and unique and surprising. The story's point of view is a surprise as well but a delightful surprise which is ironic (you will see what I mean). The narrator was a perfect choice for this story. In fact, I feel like sometimes the sound of the narrator's voice can turn you off of a nice book. This is the not the case here. In fact, I believe the narrator (Allan Corduner) MADE this story come alive...it came alive in the language and the accent of the voices and thoughts of the characters. You will not be sorry you listened to this book.
I love that they took a WWII era story (an era inundated with great stories and not so great) and were able to be different while still mesmerizing.
Not sure how the movie will compare with the "Theatre of the Mind", but definitely hope more folks are exposed to the book.
This is as good as I have listened to. A great story and a great audio performance.
The story is outstanding. I came home quoting from the audio performance every night.
Wow that is a tough one. Liesel's relationships with all those around her were excellent.
I would take the main character, she would have so much more to tell.
It is certainly in my top 5 favorite books I have listened to.
I don't want to give the book away.
Don't miss this book! It was really amazing!
I listened to this book with my 10 and 14 year old sons. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss those events of historical significance, the power of young love, friendship and war.
When the family made a snowman in the basement. The kid's imaginations lit up. It was wonderful moment and Rosa became likable to my sons, by adding the face to the snowman.
It would, of course, be Rudy. Perhaps he would be up for a race with my boys beforehand. He is such a hearty eater and would be in good company with my family.
I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.
I passed this book so many times. Yes it was a best seller, yes it had great reviews I just didn't think I'd like it. Wow, so glad I was running out of choices. this is one of the best books I've read. The point of view is original. It's so human, with humor, and pain, suspense, and joy, laughter and heart ache. It has it all. I've never heard a story told this way about Nazi Germany, and yet I feel like it was very real. And the narrator I could go on about forever too. He added so much depth and dimension to the book I am sure it wouldn't have been the same had I read it. Still wonderful but without the inflections and accents absolutely not the same. I will miss the characters, and the only reprieve is that I heard there is a amovie, which I will have to wait to come out on DVD in March. Must read!
It's been a long time since I've read a really good book. It always catches me by surprise when I do finally do come across a really great book. The beauty of language in the hands of a skilled writer is a joy that is hard for me to convey. I'm not a skilled writer, unlike Marcus Zusak who makes the words sing and fly like a great artist. Even if he were sallow, his use of language alone would make this book worth the read. But he is not sallow. This is a book that will reach into your soul and show you your heart. It's a book about the universal human condition. It's life and love. It's death and sadness. It's hope and dreams.
I'll not give any spoilers, I'm sure you can find plenty if you look. This isn't a book that should be described; it should be experienced. Treat yourself and read the Book Thief.
No regrets or disappointments, you'll love it.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
I was drawn in enough to finish the book. But it was not entertaining nor was it informative. The writing style is unusual since everything is viewed through the eyes of a "soul gatherer." This person collects the souls from all the dead bodies. Since this takes place during the 2nd world war in Germany, the gatherer is very busy. He does however take time out to tell the rather sad story of a little girl who learns how to read and has to steal books to feed her passion. If you are fluent in German, it would be much more interesting since many of the passages are in German with translations for those who are not fluent. Narrator is top notch.
The story was so wonderful but it was told in such a choppy manner that Iconstantly had to backtrack. It was extremely annoying BUT Instill believe it's a book everyone ought to hear!
The new prospective on what it was like in WWII Germany and that one individual can change thecourse of someone's life forever.
No....he was fine....it was not his delivery as much as the disjointed and the way it was told by the grim reaper. I personally think the story would have been much more powerful had it been told in a less disjointed manner.
This is a book that I would have liked to listen to again but, sadly, it would be too annoying!
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