If you do start to listen, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn't a story for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later, you will arrive with Bruno at the fence.
Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope that you never have to encounter such a fence.
©2006 John Boyne; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"His combination of strong characterization and simple, honest narrative make this powerful and memorable tale a unique addition to Holocaust literature." (School Library Journal
I literally just finished this book and had to write a review. It was in one word, Phenomenal!!! During a time where the text books of children are starting to hint that the Holocaust didn't even occur (which I was beyond shocked to hear) books like this are needed. Some of the questions raised are only possible by a 9 year old which makes him a fabulous protagonist. I do have two suggestions though: the first is that this is subject matter which deserves more reverence and due attention than listening to during the 20 minutes to work. Take some time and really let yourself listen to it. The second is that at the end is an interview with the author, and although it too is fabulous, I suggest pausing before listening to it as it may put you in too much of an analytical mind to really absorb the story.
The Boy in the Striped pajamas takes you on an amazing journey which will have you finally pulling your hair out at the end wondering how it all led to the shocking twist. To really enjoy the book you must simply accept the boys innocence and not try to understand or read to much into the ignorance which is seen as he misinterprets his surroundings. I was quickly swept into this tale and found it hard to stop until it was unfortunately over...I almost wish it was longer...
If I could rate this 10 stars I would. Gripping story; a must read for older children and adults alike. Much, much better than the movie. I highly recommend this book.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
This short little book packs quite the punch, and though it's geared towards teens, I highly recommend it for adults as well. Bruno's innocence is heartbreakingly conveyed in a powerful performance by Maloney, and the book's ending left me quite emotional. I had to see the movie after hearing the book, but much preferred this performance.
S. J. Swan
Yes this book could be very disturbing for a child under 13, but it is a must read or listen. I loved how the narrator read this book and how innocent he made Bruno seem. I listened to this with my 10 Y/O daughter and she couldn't believe how niave Bruno was. I explained to her that it was a different time before TV and Internet. We both loved this book even with the disturbing parts.
A thought provoking view point on some of the events of the Holocaust. The ending was very powerful. If I could put books on a list of required reading for high school students this would be one. The reason for not giving 5 stars; despite being fiction, I really wanted to hear more about what happened after the final events in the book. Well worth the listen or read.
This book touched deep chords within me that abhor the mistreatment of one being by another. The story is poignant, heartbreaking. There is no adequate justice for the wrongs suffered by the Jews, or any other people who have been the victims of a holocaust. This book helped me reconcile my emotions with those of the author. Well done!
I thought this was one of the best books that I have read or listened to in quiet some time. Sometimes really good novels come from horrible circumstances.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self
I loved this book. The narration & characters were just amazing. I loved the movie too but the movie didn't describe Bruno as the book did. The narrator did a great job when it came to Bruno and his ways. I do agree with the other reviewer that it can be a bit disturbing for kids. This is an amazing book for teens/adults.
This is one of those books you can't stop listening to until you are finished. It is powerful and heartbreaking and scary. There is layer after layer of meaning in this story, enough to keep a good book club going for a year at least. It is one I will be thinking about for a long time to come. At first I thought it was going to be a children's book, but it was soon evident that it wasn't the case. Yet, I'm not sure it is an adult book either. I guess it is just a book, a very profound and powerful book. It deals with concentration camps during WWII through the eyes of a 9 year-old German boy who lived just outside the camp fence. It is a very interesting point of view and a real eye-opener! Luckily it is a relatively short book so you can finish it in one or two sittings. Otherwise your life will have to go on hold until you finish it. Can't stop thinking about it.
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