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)
"No matter where you go... there you are."
Great prose, historic content, and gripping tale.
While some may think it odd, "The Glass Castle." Both are about young girls growing up amid adversity.
I am a homeschooling mom of 3 teenagers. I love to read and I love to crochet. With audible I've found a way to do both at the same time.
I felt like I got a glimpse of what it was like to be a young german girl during the Hitler regime. Having "Death" tell the story added to the aura and was quite appropriate given the subject matter. There was quite a lot of cursing in the book. Did not particularly enjoy hearing Jesus blasphemed constantly, but understand that it was part of the story and culture. I feel that I have gained a new perspective on this tragic time in history.
Yes, the narrator gave the story an extra something that you wouldn't get from reading it.
Leizel who was so young and had lived through so much had maturity far beyond her years.
There were so many, but maybe when papa was teaching Leizel to roll a cigarette. It was tender and touching.
Yes, it made me think and reminded me not to forget history.
This is a book I will listen to many times.
This book is like finding a treasure in an old fashioned flea market- a delight .
I have wondered from time to time what life in Germany might have been like after WW2 but never expected to have this amazing experience, a story about courage, loss, fear, love, compassion, and spunk! It never falters. I will look for more books by Markus Zusak
What a thoroughly original take on a story that's been told many times before. Beautifully written and sensitively narrated. I laughed and wept. A piece of advice -- thumb through the print version of the book to see how the author lays out the stories within the story, the headlines and other narrative devices. I won't give it away, but it's very creative.
I loved it all
Liesel was my favorite of course!
I am not sure
When everyone on her street died.
Yes. The story was very interesting and keep me spell bound.
This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I highly recommend it.
Top 10, undoubtedly.
It was interesting to experience the Holocaust from the point of view of a Non-Jewish German family who sympathized with the Jews. It was incredible to view humanity from Death's point of view. I found Zusak's interpretation of death very original and intriguing, and it fascinated me.
He was just amazing. I was totally immersed in the experience.
Death. I am fascinated by Zusak's rendering of this character. It mesmerized me, really. Very, very touching.
I haven't seem the movie, but from what I hear, the book seems to be sooooo much richer!!!
This book stole my heart. It is difficult to get past the atrocities that Hitler threw at the Jews, and not having lived through those years but only learned about them in history class it is easy to forget the German people were not all Hitler. This story introduces you to some very wonderful German people. It reminds us that the German population was in many ways prisoners in their own country. I have fallen in love with Lisl and Hans and Rudy, Rosa and Ilsa, and of course, Max. I chuckled and I cried. It was very interesting and creative to use Death to tell the story. Death tells us at the end that Lisl survives and lives many years, having children and grandchildren, before she dies. I could have continued to listen to all the experiences her life brought her, her character was that real to me. This was an excellent listen, and I think that it was made MORE enjoyable because I did choose to listen.
What an amazing story. So full of life, lots of humor and so "in the moment" of Nazi Germany. I was thrilled to read that the movie was coming out, although they usually butcher a good book. I upset myself by watching the movie trailer during listening to the book, which altered my visual images of the characters somewhat...but I regained my own perception. Zow-mench and Zow-Kell are now permanent playful names between my Husband and I.
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