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 liked the writing. Makrkus Zusak has a way of describing some of the most menial things with words that bring everything to life. The amazing analogies and descriptive text paint pictures just like Max makes sketches for Liesel.
I have not listened to any of Allan's performances before but I am curious to listen to other books. His performance was well done with the many voices and the accents.
I think I would want to take Death out to dinner. Despite the stereotypes of death itself, this portrayal of death as an mostly omniscient narrator is funny and serious at the same time. The dinner conversation would include his travels and his stories.
I definitely chose this over the print version. I knew the premise of the book and had picked up the print version, but just could not stick with it. I am so glad I decided to listen to this book. It is just one of those books that translates better in audio, I loved it, every last minute.
This performance of this book haunts me like the performance of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. They both will linger in my mind for years.
He is the story. He makes you laugh and weep for the little girl. Amazing performance. He actually made me feel a bit sorry for death.
The scene with Max in the parade of jews.
If you are on the fence on this book, don't hesitate. You will really enjoy the performance, and the story will touch your heart.
Yes, thought the narrator did a great job telling this great story.
It was told in the point of view of death which is so unique.
Rosie..I loved how she said "zowcow"!
It was heartwarming to read a story about nazi Germany in the eyes of a non-Jewish German girl.
This is just a wonderful book. Don't miss it. The narration is wonderful and the German accent and translation is superb. Wonderfully written about a tragic and frightening time, with a completely unexpected voice telling the story. I'm so glad a friend recommended it to me!
This book is very different from others. The narrator is death. I don't think that will ruin it as you figure this out by the end of first chapter. I was very confused for a bit. It jumps around a lot, but despite these two difficulties it pulls you in. I was not sure about the book about 1/3 way in enjoying but not loving it. Once I got use to the style, and drawn into all the characters I was hooked. I will say parents of teens should listen first, it is in many best teen reads. I would let my 14 year old read it but my 12 year old I would wait another few years. Some parents may be fine with any age, but you should judge for yourself.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
What a fascinating way to tell a story of how souls are picked up after the body has died. The spirit of Death follows a girl around in Germany during WW II picking up souls of people that have died around her, starting with her little brother. It is wonderful and thought provoking from beginning to the end.
This is my favorite audiobook so far out of the 70+ I've listened to so far. I cannot believe how moved I was by the story.
I loved Allan's performance! He was great at delivering the different characters. I loved him!
Buy this now and start listening immediately!
Yes, definitely - it's a rich and vibrant story of love and loss, and exquisitely told.
He had a wonderful versatility!
Death as the narrator, who warns you constantly about what's about to happen - that, I struggled with. It was very quirky, very strange. And I wasn't sure I enjoyed the constant series of spoilers. But it was a beautiful story.
Southern Girl Reads
Brilliant, moving, heartbreaking
Too many to name
It made me smile and made me sob.
I'm so glad I chose the audio version. Allan Corduner did a magnificent job and made a great book even better to listen to.
Fritz the assessor
This story is so good, it is hard to put down. Sometimes it would make me so angry, and then it would make me laugh out loud. The guy reading it is really really good. he is able to bring the characters to life. I felt as if I actually knew Liesl, and the Ubermans. As if Hans and Rosa lived down the street from me. Not that I can even imagine living during that time. I listened to it, and then listened to it again, and then a third time just to make sure that I would remember each and every character. They are all so real. It is a history lesson that should never be forgotten.
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