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)
This book was such a great story...I love when I finish a book and I wonder if it will be a movie. This book was one....not knowing that it was! I will seek out the movie reviews. The details and complexitys in this book are what makes it so great....It made me feel the full gamut of emotions. Sometimes I did have to rewind to understand a word due to the dialect.....but minor stuff. I do have to admit that at the very beginning I was struggling with the story line and was unsure if I would continue....am I glad I did. I got angry with the mother quite a few times- she seemed so "hard".....but then others not so and I did grow to like her. All in all I loved all the characters.....!
There was so much to this entire story- the characters, the war- love, hate, triumph. I do have to say though that it left me needing to give a rest to stories about the holocaust, and the history on our various wars.....I typically love non fiction and have grown to really like a good fiction book interwoven with true detail.....This book is one to not miss.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
I enjoy WWII historical fiction and enjoyed expanding perspectives of life in Germany during this time. I did not find the characters well developed. The plot seemed disjointed and the ending was not connected well to the climax of the plot.
Possibly, but I would have to research the reviews.
The narrator, Death, has a curious voice and interesting perspective.
Not entirely, but I may be interested in seeing the movie now.
Yes, this book had an unique perspective of WWII from the viewpoint of Death.
The love of a mother who demonstrates it in a unique way.
He kept a stoic performance which would is expected from a narrator who portraying death.
I liked the neighbor boy.
A beautifully written and narrated story. Innocence during horrible history. Just a perfectly haunting story that will make your heart ache long after you finish.
Yes. It is a wonderful story of a girl and the relationship she has with her new parents, friends and neighbors during World War II.
After the bombing.
All of them. Allan really brought them to life.
Papa and Liesel
I don't think I would have enjoyed this book had I read it instead of listened. The narrator really brought life to these characters.
The narrator was unusual since he was death, come to take the souls away. But he had a very interesting perspective of the characters and their lives.
The very top!
It has such feeling, Such excellent writing too with a different approach to happenings in world War 2. I experienced war in Northern Ireland as a child and it brought back some vivid memories.
Everything.....he made it so believable.
I think the name is great!
It makes one realize how hard that war made life for many Germans too.
I have recommended this to several people already. Though it is a hard story, the depth of the character development is such that you feel you could meet any one of them on the street, and know them. I love a writer that can turn a phrase; there were so many that I wanted to remember from The Book Thief.
Gone with the Wind--such wonderful character development that you felt you were losing a good friend when it was over.
He varied the voices consistently for each character, making it easier to track them when listening. Very soothing to listen to him, even when the story was hard.
This story runs the gamut of human emotion--deep sorrow, loneliness, joy, worry, belonging, resentment, hopelessness, then hope.
I couldn't wait to get back to the book as I was listening. I enjoyed it very much, and highly recommend the Audible presentation.
It's one of my favorites. The story, the style of narration, the voice performance of the narrator all made this a captivating listen!
The developed personas a of each different character in the story.
No, I haven't listened to anything else by Alan Corduner
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