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  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,795

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Wunderlich!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-12

Beautifully read with little German accents for the characters but not for the narrator. This book tells the story of a girl's life beginning with the train ride to her new home with foster parents. The narrator is Death, who is a rather sympathetic fellow. It is set in a small town in Germany at the start of the Nazi reign. It was interesting hear a story of this time and place about a Christian family although a Jewish man hidden in their basement is a big part of it. The story deals with a lot of death but really about the strength and resilience found in people. The astonishing evil but also the bravery, kindness and goodness in ordinary people. The children find immense joy from tiny things. It made me cry, but overall I found it uplifting. Most of the characters are lovable and funny and their story is fascinating.

  • The Power and the Glory

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to hear

  • By Vladimir Shklovsky on 05-07-13

Wow! I love this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-11

I keep listening to this book over again something always gets to me that I didn't fully get before. The image of the nameless Father being continually pared down to his essence, which is so pure, is compelling and strangely comforting. The narration is striking and quite funny in parts. Mr. Mayes has unusual voice that drew me in right away. I highly recommend this book.

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