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)
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It was just sad start to finish. Things get a little bit better in the middle even though it's sad. Then it rounds out with a nice sad twist. I liked the book because I felt like the character came alive. The writer did a wonderful job making the charters real, and the narrator brought them to life. I've been call everyone Saumensches, and Saurkels. I've been using the phase "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph" also. I took a break from it on a day that I was really stressed, but the following day I was ready to read again. I would
I liked Rudy. He was his own person. He was smart and athletic. Very well rounded. I enjoyed him. a lot.
I would like a follow up book. I would like to know what happened to Leisel after she went to live with the Mayor's wife.
This has to be the best book my wife and I have read (audio version) to date. The only problem was that it ended. A must read.
There were so many, the entire book was a memorable moment
Yes, He read each character so personally.
Yes, if I could have
Absolutely - and already have.
Too many to narrow down and favorites would be spoiler alerts. Her clinging to the front gate in the beginning is one. The development of her relationship with her new father another.
Another favorite narrator of mine. His accent was perfection.
I could have.
I had this sitting in my Audible library for quite a while and it's only by accident that I listened to it. I had downloaded another book to listen to and it was awful from the beginning. I looked for another one to quickly download as I was walking out the door. So thankful that it was The Book Thief. Loved, loved, loved this book.
Different view point
I liked this book because it was written from the point-of-view of the average German family living during World War II. Death is the story teller and his tells about his encounters with a young girl. Not everyone is German is guilty.
I am always interested in different perspectives regarding WWII and its horrors. This book revealed yet another viewpoint. The narration was particularly masterful, and brought the complexity of the characters to life. I highly recommend this book.
I listened to Markus Zusak's The Book Thief while driving up and down the California Coast. The last chapter finally "did me in" reaching right into my heart and spirit. An amazing piece of literature and so well delivered that it has set the bar high for anything I read from now on.
It was so well delivered by Allan Corduner.
I'm recommending it to everyone who reads or listens to Audio books. Brilliant piece of work.
This is a great book! I loved the narration and will probably listen to it again someday. I loved how the author was able to keep you wondering what would happen next. Great book! Ü
YES. I loved everything about this book. It was an amazing story. It made me sad.... but I really enjoyed it.
I liked the girls foster father. He was a good man, a good father.
The Jewish man in the basement ... would love to hear his fully story.
The entire story is so true and real. I found the use of language fascinating. The narrator was perfect.
I found Leisel to be a true heroine. She lived life on life's terms and still found love, hope, and joy.
Too many. I think it was the reading of the book Max wrote for Leisel.
I would have if I had had the time.
I can't say enough about how great this book was and kudos to the narrator. He was excellent!
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