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)
YES, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING AND WAS SAD WHEN IT WAS OVER
THE STORY TELLER BECAUSE OF NAZI GERMANY
I usually read books based off recommendations and/or reviews and most of the time that works out. However after just finishing The Book Thief I can say that this one doesn't live up to the high praise. As a story it works pretty well. But as the highly praised book that it is I just didn't think it held up all that well.
I did fall for the book's main character Liesel who is adopted into a family in Germany during WWII. However don't mistake this for a war novel. If anything the war, the Nazi's, are a backdrop to a story of a young girl and her love to read. The book is also told from the angel of deaths perspective which I thought was interesting but it almost was distracting from the tale.
To me I just never fell in love with either the characters nor the story the author wove. I enjoyed it but I wasn't sad it was over either.
The relationship between Papa and Liesl was so wonderful right from the start.
When Rudy finally got his kiss.
No, I haven't listened to any books read by Allen Corduner. He is not the best narrator I've heard, but he certainly is within the top 10.
There were so many, but the ending was particularly poignant.
When I finished The Book Thief, I did something I never do: I started to read it all over again. The gentle and sometimes kind narration by Death is such a big factor in the wondrousness of the book. Liesl's story could not have been told as well by any other character. Yes, this is another World War II book, but in this one, the war is mostly a backdrop to the daily lives of the German poor and the Jewish among them.
This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I think I liked it. Yes, I liked it. I still can't decide if I liked the reader. Well, if you were reading in the voice of Death, what would you sound like? OK, he did a good job.
I can't think of one thing. I just loathed the content from the first page, especially the personification of Death.
No, I love Young Adult books (I am a librarian).
Yes. The book is not his fault.
I couldn't stand the book. I don't understand the rave reviews generated by the print version.
Although this book is on a topic we should all never forget lest history repeat itself, the language in it is appalling. Listener beware, if you do not like hearing gratuitous cursing, name calling, and especially the Lord's name taken in vain over and over and over, you probably should skip this one. The story itself would have been ok if the unnecessary profanity had been left out. Be prepared also for great sadness. ( I cannot believe this book is written for young adults!) The narrator is wonderful, however.
I thought his new style was interesting at first - for about the first half of the book. But then Death (the narrator of the story) started sounding a little too cute. I think I am tolerant of new writing styles, I work hard at understanding them in poetry, but his style is too "artsy" for a work of fiction.
mesmerizing, imaginative and memorable. Wonderfully written and narrated nicely. I'll probably listen to a second time.
WOW! I'm amazed at the way the author took such a mean and depressing subject, and turned it into a story that kept me riveted to my Ipod. Excellent!!!
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