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 author is self-absorbed, the written pretentious. All very off putting. I was unable to listen beyond the prologue.
The story, the writing, and the narration alone are more vibrant and vivid than any movie director could possibly portray on the screen. Unlike any movie, the reader/listener, becomes part of the story line, able to almost see, feel, and touch the world within the book. I almost passed up this one because of the YA title attached to it, but very early into it am glad that I didn't, and hope that you will not do the same, as this is a book for everyone! Give it a try....you won't be disappointed!
I thought it was a fantastic story about an incredible time in history. You can FEEL the hearts and emotions of the characters in the story. It is a story of faith and love and compassion which can be found in even the hardest of times. The promise the father gave to the friend who saved his life. And he kept that promise, while putting all in his home in danger.
The Narration was terrific. I haven't heard any other performances by Allan Corduner, but I will look for him again in the future.
I think the title is Perfect. I couldn't come up with anything better if I tried.
I am a truck driver, a mother and a wife.
The narration of Death by Allan Corduner was incredible. I really felt like Death himself was speaking to me thru my earpiece.
The performance was a work of art
Mama, you zaomench!
Perhaps the best performance I've enjoyed thus far on Audible
I can't pick! I love Liesel, Rudy, Max, Liesel's dad, her mom, you name it. They were all plucky and sweet and funny in their own way.
Allan Corduner as the narrator (Death) was perfect and so funny!
The art of story telling has never been a moving experience for me, until now. I usually listen to audiobooks to fill the time. Allan Corduner's performance brings this story alive like no other medium ever could.
If I had to choose one character, it obviously would be Death. Death described the world and all of it's people, events and details with a bittersweet justice.
He infused life into this story with a depth that is felt within the first few spoken phrases. Hi accent, his intonation, his humor... the story was told perfectly.
It was being told by "death"
When she sneaks into the home to steal a book
no, I wanted to relish each moment
Yes, because of the poignant story set against the backdrop of the despair of Nazi Germany.
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