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)
The Book Thief was an entertaining story that conveyed heavy events occurring in Germany during WWII in an endearing and lighthearted manner.
The book reminds me of the movie "Life is Beautiful." Both bring forth the positive -- even in the most dire circumstances.
I loved all scenes between Liesel and Rudy. The author artfully illustrates a sweet friendship between the boy and the girl that is blessed with mutual understanding, trust and respect.
If I could take any character from the book out to dinner, I'd invite the storyteller: Death. I'd ask the spirit more about the meaning of life, appreciating his wise perspective having seen everyone who lives at their lives' ends.
The narration and story telling style are great.
I'm not sure, while I liked the style of story telling, it took a long while to make me care about the characters or get to a point where I was heavily invested in them. Still the story was just about a girl's eventful life, there were crises and cartharsis throughout the book, but you sort of knew what was going to happen. There wasn't any one climatic struggle at least not until the end. There are some surprises, and some unexpected twists that make ths story overall enjoyable, and once you listen to chapters and chapters of rather mundane events eventually you get to the meat of the story, more memorable events, aspects of the characters that make you start to care about them. It just takes a while, and it took me several months of listening to it, getting bored with it, and picking up listening to it weeks later before I got to the point I couldn't stop. At that point I was 2/3 through the first part, so several hours in. So yes, it takes a while. But the unusual storytelling and unique point of view of the narrator is impressive and interesting.As an audio book this worked, I can listen to it when I have nothing better to do like when I'm driving to work, I don't think I would have invested the same amount of time had I actually been reading it.
Yes, his performance is really what helped push me through the slow points of the story and long explanations and setup at the beginning, he has a very interesting voice and speaking style.
I did get teary eyed at the end.
It's a good book if you don't mind it taking a while to build to the situation and invest yourself in the characters. It does pay off.
After hearing so many people rave about this book, I was hesitant to read it. Afraid it would not meet up to its hype. However, I begun to read the book and enjoyed it, but when I began to listen to it I became enthralled. The narrator is key to understanding and appreciating the story.
No. I read it twice and listened to it once. Listening removed my emphasis on certain parts.
Rudy. There was something both sad and sweet about him.
It takes a community to survive Hitler.
Mr Corduner did a wonderful job with all the characters, including Death.
The Book Thief is well written but the most enjoyable part was the narration. The narrator did a great job with varying his tone and voices for different characters. He really made the book come to life.
All the amazing stories and illustrations that were created between Liesel and Max.
Everything. He is the first narrator I read who did an absolutely outstanding job.
Many. When papa gave the bread. When Liesel found Max in the parade and joined him.
I read this book a few years ago and liked it. The audio version I loved! Interesting concept of having "Death" tell the story. I loved Zusak's descriptive writing ie: giving human characteristics to non human things. Solid development between the main characters.
This book is beautifully written and the performance that Allan Corduner gives is unlike any voice actor out there.
How the author really sculpted the characters and built their relationships. The reader was there during WWII with the Book Thief
You can't deny the main character, Liesel, as the favorite. As a mere 12 year old, exemplifies courage, compassion, imagination, sincerity, and loyalty. She is a herione the reader can truly embrace and admire.
The scenes with Liesel and her Papa learning to read in the basement
yes, but being that it was 13 hours long, I just couldn't make the time. :)
I loved everything about The Book Thief, from the story to the narration.
One of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief is the last time Max is seen in the book.
Allan Corduner's performance gave the exact pace and dialect to the narrator's voice.
It touched me both ways.
This book is highly recommended.
oh yes. i find it interesting to hear about how the other side dealt with the war
it has opened my mind to all aspects of life & to have a more tolerant attitude to those of the "other side" of ww 2
that is the authors genuis. the way with the written word to keep our interest. what a great talent
not a thing he was perfect
nope. just bring on more gr8 books with a gr8 narrator
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