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 can't pick! I love Liesel, Rudy, Max, Liesel's dad, her mom, you name it. They were all plucky and sweet and funny in their own way.
Allan Corduner as the narrator (Death) was perfect and so funny!
The art of story telling has never been a moving experience for me, until now. I usually listen to audiobooks to fill the time. Allan Corduner's performance brings this story alive like no other medium ever could.
If I had to choose one character, it obviously would be Death. Death described the world and all of it's people, events and details with a bittersweet justice.
He infused life into this story with a depth that is felt within the first few spoken phrases. Hi accent, his intonation, his humor... the story was told perfectly.
It was being told by "death"
When she sneaks into the home to steal a book
no, I wanted to relish each moment
Yes, because of the poignant story set against the backdrop of the despair of Nazi Germany.
This was the best audiobook of all the ones so far....but just getting started.
Loved the part where she begins breaking into the mayor's house to take books.
The history, the story, the reality of it.
That the Reaper was the story teller.
The "Grim Reaper", just think of the stories he would have. Both good and bad.
Really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to see the movie. Couldn't stop listening.
The narrator breathed life into the characters with his outstanding vocals.
This audio book was so good, I would find myself still sitting in my car after a long commute. This says a lot because I have a miserable commute, and my car is the last place I want to be when it ends.
An eye opener
Father because he was clever, talented, and compassionate.
Rudy, so that I could hear his stories.
Wow, what a stunning book.
This is a really beautiful story, but be warned: it's almost impossible to stop listening, and even though the narrator warns you in advance about how terrible everything will be, it's still worse than you expect somehow. The ending is pretty hopeful, all things considered, but I still finished this book in tears and had to go off by myself for a while.
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