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)
Heartbreaking, but beautiful.
The perspective of this book is unlike any I have read about war-torn Germany.
What Doesn't Kill Us
No idea. I don't get this question. I don't normally listen to books I've already read.
There are many but to choose one, the note written by the mayor's wife to Liesel telling her she knows she's stealing her books but she's welcome to them. There are many lovely kind people in this story that happened during a war.
I can't answer this. The performance did not detract from the story and was perfect.
When the step father gave bread to the old man being marched through the city, I had tears.
In addition to this being a wonderful story and an outstanding performance, the writing is vey beautiful. One phrase I remember was, "The clouds arched their backs and looked behind them before moving on." The book is narrated by Death who admits that he is haunted by humans. Very rich imagery.
Told the German "everyday man" side of the war, which I had not really heard before. Innovative approach with Death narrating. Very moving journey of a young girl and her adoptive family.
Sarah's Key due to holocaust themes and a child's journey; A tree grows in Brooklyn due to the journey of a young girl facing hardship,
the bombing scenes were very suspenseful and tragic. I also liked the scenes with the mayor's wife. I didn't enjoy the various death scenes, but they needed to be told/scene to make the story complete.
yes, this book moved in many ways, happy and sad.
best book of the year for me.
I cant imagine "reading" this book any other way but listening to it....the reader was wonderful....hated for it to end. The story was bittersweet and powerful....but really the reader made the story even better and more poignant....
yes, the characters continue to haunt me
The way it is told and the unique perspective on life for average Germans under Hitler.
Many innocent civilians were caught up and perished in the madness.
Brilliant narration and accents.
Rudy and Lisel
DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED BY THE SLOW AND OBSCURE BEGINNING. IT REALLY PICKS UP AND GRABS YOU.
Doesn't matter how young or old you are...this story is timeless. Not overly sentimental yet deeply emotional in intensity. Put this one on your To Be Read list. RW
In saying that, I mean that this story is amazing, Well written and Very Well read. The personality of the characters, you come to know and love them personally. If you read Diaries of Anne Frank, this is a MUST READ!
The narration was superb. It is read from the perspective of the Grim Reaper which was very unusual but endearing all the same.
It is an unspoken love story in that The Book Thief loves so many people without ever telling any of them out loud. I love that this book shows how the written word is so powerful and enormous in so many different ways. How learning to read changed one child's life and the individuals around her.
His accent made the book very real. I don't think reading it would have been as fluid because I would have stumbled over the pronunciation of the German words.
I love the name
War's innocent details
The Story being told from Death's perspective, along with it's self description. The authors ability to have Death tell the story sans emotion while making the reader find understanding and deep emotional connection to all the characters was outstanding.
Hans Huberman. Allan Corduner was really Hans in another life, right?
For me it would be the Mother who gave up Lizzel and her brother in hopes of saving them, only to have to bury her son before reaching her destination. What utter heartbreak must have followed her to her grave.
This is on my list for one of the best works I've read in my life.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to since I subscribed to audible. Top ten.
It really immersed me in second world war Germany and I could feel Himmelstrasse coming alive in my minds eye. The compassion of human beings traverses sides and it was quite evident early that the German people were far from enamoured by Adolph Hitler. The characters were quite vivid to me. It really reminded me that 'the German people' were subjected to a war and oppressed by a madman.
The narrative was excellent and the saukerl and saumensch regularly used with playful emphasis raised a smile.
It was a moving tale, beautifully written and narrated. A real mix of emotions from humour that made me laugh and then such sadness that did raise a tear. A real rollercoaster.
Will certainly revisit the book once my vivid memory of the text has faded a little.
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