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)
Truly unique storytelling. The story of World War 2 Germany is not a new one, but the interesting character and perspective of this narrator will show you something new.
The narration was enchanting. I am listening to the book for a second time (rare). Each character came to life through the narration and I feel I would know these people if I met them.
Grumpy swearing Rosa Huberman was a mother you needed to love, despite her outward surliness!
The scenes in the basement hideaway were precious. While young Liesel was learning to read and write in the basement, she was also learning love, sacrifice and endurance.
I sound like you were there. It made me think how lucky I am.
When she see Max again
The emontion in his reading.
I would not change the title.
This is a great book!! I think every students in the Middle School or High School should have to read this book. The way it was wriiten as a third person was excellent. I would say this is my favorite book I have ever listen to or read. I will be giving this book as a Christmas present.
I had heard great things about this book ever since it came out. When I saw that ads for the movie, I thought I would listen to the book first, before deciding if I wanted to see the movie.
The book is awesome. Allan Corduner's reading is great. It is a moving book, not depressing. It isn't a typical "Holocaust book." It focuses on the lives of people in those times so you see the effect of Nazi Germany on the lives of the people in novel.
Having read the book, I will see the movie.
Back to the basics
Life, love, happiness, tragedy, and the will to keep going.This book has it all. And the narrator is the least expected.
When the story teller picks up the story.
I enjoyed the audible book through the first half. By the second part the book began to resemble all those other "holocaust" stories and I don't think I will be able to wade through the retelling. Yes, it was horrible. Yes, it needs to be remembered. But, sometimes we have to let history be history and not be constantly reminded of this horrible time. The story started in a most unique manner, moved along pretty good..then became redundant. I am Jack's wife, so this is not Jack's take; however, he said he would not be interested in another holocaust story. There are so many great books to read.
This is a lovely tale about a beautiful girl who defies darkness, evil, and hatred in Nazi Germany through her loving heart, creativity, imagination, and courage. There are moments in this story that are quite touching and certain delightful characters such as Hans and Rosa Hubermann, Max Van den Berg, and even Ilse Hermann. However, ultimately this book is a disappointment as the result of a poor narrator and a disjointed narrative. I expect the movie will be better, because, as I say, the story is lovely; it's just the telling of it - by both the author and the narrator - that fails to satisfy.
You know from the first few words that this book is something special. The story is basically a simple one of a little girl who lives in Nazi Germany during some of the most horrific periods in history.
Markus Zusak writing is nothing short of magic. It's one of the few books, that when you've finished reading it, you know without a doubt you've been reading literature.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much. Told from Death's perspective and being set in Nazi Germany, I initially wondered if the book was going to be too somber for me. Yes, the subject is grave, but what shines through is the love and kindness and courage of the characters.
I thought the narrator struck just the right chord. He treated Death with matter-of-factness rather than gloom. At other times, when appropriate, I could hear the smile in his voice, which even now makes me smile too.
This was billed as a young adult book, and being considerably past "young," I nevertheless enjoyed it very much. This is in contrast to The Hunger Games, which I enjoyed but did feel a bit out of the target audience range.
How well the characters were fleshed out that I fell in love with them all, especially Momma, Papa & Rudy. Yes, momma.
Perfectly engaging with his accent and characterizations.
Rudy, because I wanted to know more about his home life and his obsession with Liesel and Jesse Owens.
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