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)
Allan Corduner gives an excellent narration throughout as he gives life to each character in the book. His quirky and sometimes wistful voice of 'Death' making his sad journey through ravaged Germany nearing the end of WWII, is very good. He even makes the Book Thief herself, little Lisel Meminger, vividly come to life with the cadence and innocence of his expression. I thought the story was a very good one about human tragedy and resilience with the players facing each event that comes their way with humor, courage and often sadness. Better than the movie and alot more satisfying.
Mystery, history, & technology are what I like to read, even better if they are inter connected. I will love a book and get lost in it or hate it and never make it all the way through. I love getting so into a book that is feels it's actually happening in my life and at the end feel a void I need to fill with another good book.
Colorful, Beautiful and Love
Too many good ones to choose, Papa? Lisel? Rudy? Max?
No but I would love to hear more, his voice MADE this book. I know others have read the book themselves but have listened to this version for the performance
The narration was great and the story itself was a flip between "beauty and brutality"
The characters and the amazing backdrop of WW2.
He does "voices" without being tacky or ridiculous. His pronunciations in German brought the story to life.
The end was wonderful.
Absolutely. I loved everything about the book. The author's style is so distinctive, the characters are beautifully drawn, and the narrator, death, is wonderfully droll. The story's reader, Alan Corduner, has a lovely accent and never gets in the way of the story.
I did not order the whispersync because I listened to the sample and I thought the narrator was quite poor at his craft. His delivery was too slow and monotone.
Say something about yourself!
A superior historical recount of the impact Nazi Germany had upon everyday people. Makes one appreciate war fought on the enemy's turf as opposed to our own.
This audio edition was great because it was story about a young girl who couldn't read. This would show anyone who doesn't enjoy reading that words have power.
I loved everything about it.
His voices were outstanding, at no point was I confused about which character he was portraying. Perfect accent for the story.
This was one of the best stories I have ever read. I highly recommend it to anyone.
I can't say enough good things about this book. I love the narrator. They could not have found a better match, and I'd love to hear him narrate something else as well. The voice matches the book, the voices of the characters, everything. Fantastic. It kept me mesmerized, and if I found myself zone out focusing on the traffic around me, I had to back the book up once or twice to not miss a word.
The writer's eloquence is represented so well here in this story. Death's dance with Liezel and the words he used to decorate such a warming, heartbreakingly, delicious story is incredible.
I love Liezel's fun relationship with her best friend/ boyfriend.
The voices he assigns each character all play a magical part in finding yourself on Hemmel Street with them all. And I would destroy the German words throughout.
I like Star Wars, Foundation series, Redwall Series, Bloody Jack series, and westerns for fiction. In nonfiction, I like books about Catholic theology, American history and government, and economics.
My favorite character was Hans. He was very kind to all, especially Leisel. Even in the face of great danger, as he takes in and hides a Jewish man.
This was a great story about the triumph of the human spirit. It takes place in Nazi Germany. It follows the story of Leisel, a little girl who has lost her brother and father, and whose mother gives her up to foster care. Hans and Rosa take her in and give her a humble but loving home. It describes how they survive in increasing Nazi-ized Germany. Even as German citizens they feel Hitler's oppression. This is a well-written book, with some very emotional scenes in it.
Powerful, Gripping, Moving.
It's hard to narrow this down - each and every character play an integral part to the story with individual characteristics that make the story powerful. Loved Liesel, Max, Mama and Papa. And of course, Death was amazing.
Although all were terrific, it's way too difficult to pick a favorite.
Death is fascinating and totally believable as the narrator. Hearing the story from its perspective proved an innovative twist on Nazi Germany during WWII.
Highly recommend this book. I also recommend seeing the movie. Which you do first is immaterial, however, I listened to the audiobook first and found it enriched the movie. The movie follows the story quite well, although not as much detail and only a couple small variations not in the book.
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