The award-winning novel that established Markus Zusak as an international brand.
It is 1939, Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery.
So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, and wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.
©2005 Markus Zusak (P)2006 Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Producer Heather Steen.
Yes, it has some wonderful turns of phrase, engaging characters and manages to be quirky and heavy in equal measures.
Hans - he handles a hard life and challenging times with admirable dignity.
The narration is wonderful BUT, the audiobook has one very large flaw. In the written version of the book, the narrator (death) will sometimes talk in asides, which are written in italics. In the audiobook, these asides are whispered and buried in echo and are often impossible to hear or understand. How the producers let this happen is mystifying and it really disrupts the flow of the story.
1. When Death steps on the picture of Hitler.2. When Death describes how Rudi makes him cry.
The narration is exquisite - mesmerising and equal to the beauty of the written word.
This is a must read for all ages - everyone from everywhere would benefit from this story.
Absolutely. It is well written, engaging - a beautiful story with a beautiful way of being told.
Oh he portrayed Death beautifully. When I heard about it I thought it would be a difficult story to pull off, and even more so to read allowed, but Dennis Olsen was seamless.
This book was broken into a large number of small chapters which made it fast yet interesting . the characters were brought to life by the narrator and the authors style was outstanding. Set in a small German town before and during the 2nd world war Zusak produces a very plausible atmosphere. Death is our narrator (and hero) and Olsen is masterly with his timing and characters. This is a very pleasant book (despite the subject) and I recommend it to you
Yes, a really engaging story with great naration
The Street Sweeper
No, I enjoyed it in several chapter pieces
It took me a while to get used to the style of the writing and the narration but once I did I really appreciated listening to something quite different to anything else I had listened to. I loved the fact that sometimes it was so powerful I had to just stop what I was doing and just listen.
I haven't listened to Dennis Olsen before but I will definitely look into it ! He was very theatrical and once I got used to it, I fell in love with him. He added so much to the listening-his last line sent shivers down my spine and I couldn't stop thinking about it all day.
Lots of extreme reactions the whole way through the book.
Beautifully written & moving
The whole book is beautifully crafted and moving however the ending is particularly good.
This was my first audio book. I wasted a lot of time before finally downloading it to my ipod but it was worth it. I read the book while ironing, making rumballs, and other mindless household tasks. I have never read a book in a weekend but as I was doing household tasks felt justified to read it hours at a time.
The adopted mother, Rosa was a strange one and difficult to fathom, brutal yet unwavering in her role as mother. Yet as the story unfolded she demonstrated some of her good sense.
Easy listening with short German passages translated put the reader in the time and place.
War in Nazi Germany is a very emotional subject, the author in presenting life at that time cerainly evoked emotion in parts.
I haven't mastered the technology of an audible book. There are parts of the book I would like to go back and re read however it is hard to flick back. I made an effort to concentrate because I couldn't go back.
Overall I really enjoyed the audible book experience and will select another soon.
the story captured me right from the start. it is touching, engaging , intelligent and an excellent piece of writing
Captivating and eerie The Book Thief grabs your mind making you want to listen to the next chapter. The narration was spooky and chilly as you expect from Death! My first foray into fiction in a while so I am seeking out other good fiction listens.
The main character who learns to love books so much she risks her life to steal them.
The chilling rendition of Death as a character who is thoroughly tired of the work humans were giving him.
A girl, some stolen books and a world at war.... And Death watches them all.
Just a great listen that resonates long after the last word.
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