That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.
That's when Ed becomes the messenger.
Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?
©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Zusak succeeds brilliantly." (Booklist)
"Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere." (School Library Journal)
I think Markus Zusak is amazing. I have read everything I can find that he has written. And this book is second only to The Book Thief. Ed takes you on a mysterious adventure and grows as a person each step of the way.
I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.
The audio version of this book captures brilliantly the character of the narrator. Youthfulness, insecurity, hopefulness, all rolled in one.
I listened to the first chapter of this book and didn't go any further. There is foul language that is unnecessary, the story and character development is silly, and I didn't care for the narrator. Not my cup of tea.
Loved the narrator, the writing & the story! Everyone I know who's read it complains about the ending. But I'm okay with it. Hope Zusak keeps writing more like this!
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
a better story. this is exceedingly simple and I can't say I found the characters believable
The book rings false
One of my most favorite books is the Book thief by the same author. Don't miss it.
Just lost interest in it... yes, there's some mystery, but there's no pull. It's not at all engaging the way his other book, "The Book Thief" is.
I loved The Book Thief and hoped this would be good. It wasn't. I might read reviews of his other books, to see if anything else was rated as well as The Book Thief.
I don't remember having much of an impression of the narration. I stopped listening to the book about 2 months ago and wanted to write this review to share my opinion with others before they pay for the book. I think the narration was ok.
No. I quit listening to it.
Not all books are great. Reading an ok book just helps me realize how special and great the good books are. This is not one of the great books.
yes, I liked the characters and the reader gave it life.
When he realizes his role in the cards.
His reading makes the book for me. You get more nuances of character. I love the accent and language. His cadence is perfect.
What would you do if you could change the lives of others?
Play the cards your dealt.
Wife, Mother, 1965,
I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and was touched by the profound richness of the story! He brilliantly interweaves characters in a historical time, encapsulating it all with a stick to your soul love for humanity, life and its challenges. Have I said brilliant?!
Alas, I Am The Messenger, though smart writing, pales . . . The story however entertaining was not deep, profound or memorable. I found the ending a predictable writers copout.
The language of curse word after curse word cheapened the story. Simply I don't want such garbage in my mind. Sure it may paint the picture of poor, uneducated, simple people but I feel it lacks ingenuity from the writer.
There are no long detailed graphic pornographic sex scenes, thankfully! However, the main character has an obsession with sex. He is not getting enough sex, being bad at it, not getting it with the one he loves, and other details and descriptions than I care to read about... Not for your teens and well, those who are virtuous.
I would recommend this book to a 26 year old, never married male who is home from work because of a herpes flare up.
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