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)
I had trouble getting excited about this story. I stuck it out, and there were some good moments at the end, to redeem it slightly. I wasn't drawn in by the story.
after listening to this story i grew to love most of the character so much that i hated to finish and say goodbye... so i listened to it a second time.
i had heard bits and pieces about many atrocities by the nazi's, but his author tells of these historical events through the eyes of ordinary human being, that are actually extraordinary!
What a great book. I liked the device of using a world-weary but matter-of-fact Death as narrator, which Corduner does with aplomb. The plot is very interesting, the characters complex and well drawn. Another unusual device which works well with this book is that Death often tells you what is going to happen, but not how or when. Instead of spoiling the plot, it adds the suspense of impending tragedy to this already heartbreaking novel. A very well written and deeply moving story which I am sure I will listen to again.
This by far was one of the best books I have listened to in years. Both the story and the narration were amazing. I loved it. I found myself laughing, cheering, and yes crying. Its been a long time since a book has moved me this much. It was well worth it. I was actually sad when it ended. Thank you Markus Zusak and Allan Corduner.
I read The Book Thief twice before having listened it; and the audible version was absolutel wonderful! I highly recommend this book.
The Book Thief by itself is one of the best books written in my recent memory. Add to this the brilliant narration of Allan Corduner and you get the perfect storm. Plain and simple, this audio book is a beautiful storm that plays like the saddest violin piece ever composed. After recovering from listening to this book all I could think of was how the talent of young Markus Zusak brings into focus my own ordinariness and mediocrity. I am jealous.
It was a good day when I realized I could combine my two hobbies- reading AND knitting. Audible has seen me through many projects!
What a great book to listen to- both the story and Allan Corduner are EXCELLENT. This book is absolutely "credit worthy."
This does rate as one of my favorite books ever. Allan Corduner does a fantastic job of giving each character a distinctive voice. The book is powerful and magnificent.
The book is written from a perspective on WWII that I really hadn't seen addressed before. It is the perspective of a German child, growing up in a quickly changing world, and slowly realizing that all the changes aren't just minor differences in life, but dangerous and wrong. I especially enjoyed the narrator, I believe he should narrate many more books than he does! I also enjoyed listening to the witty old man, Death, and his perspectives on WWII.
Well worth the read/listen. However, if you are reviewing for children, know that there is a bit of language, and they might learn to swear in German as well!
this is a difficult angle to be chatting from - death, and you would think that Nazi Germany would be a really droll listen - but the characters were so real and the story was so beautifully told, that it was a really great find. beautiful prose and beautiful people. made you feel like you were right there or even in a movie, it was that descriptive.
I loved it for my teen nieces too - it seems that it may be sad, but it was really not written like that - it was a great listen - the narrator did a great job.
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