The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus

(Audiobook CD - 2006)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Book Thief
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 0739337270
Branch Call Number: CD YA ZUSAK
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (14 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Corduner, Allan


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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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Oct 12, 2014
  • sassie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Amazing, engrossing, sometimes difficult book (re subject matter) to read/listen to. Narrator Allan Corduner is perfect to bring this story to life as Death as the narrator. I won't watch the movie now - I can't imagine how the beautiful complexity and tone of this book could ever be captured onscreen.

Sep 15, 2014
  • librarylizzard rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This has been on my to read/listen list for months and I am so glad I finally got around to it! This is a refreshing perspective on WWII Germany centering on a young German foster child named Liesel. Her foster parents are Jewish sympathizers, which complicates matters quite a bit. Liesel earns her nickname "the book thief" in exactly the manner you'd expect, and her relationship with books and reading is what propels the story forward. Oh, and the narrator of the story is death itself, who intersperses Liesel's story with asides about his endless journeys collecting souls of the dead. As morbid as it sounds he is quite a likeable guy!

The Book Thief is a well-known, profound book that will exceed far beyond the reader’s expectations. The story begins with nine year-old Liesel Meminger. She has lost her mom and brother and has been adopted by Hans and Rosa Hubbermann. They are a lovely couple whose kids have grown up and moved out. When Liesel first arrives she feel almost an instant bond with Hans the first time he speaks to her. Unfortunately, with Rosa she finds it much more difficult to form a relationship. Liesel unwilling goes to school and is put into a younger grade because of her inability to read. One night as Hans, now known as Papa, is tucking Liesel into bed he comes across a book she stole from her brother’s graveside. Papa asks Liesel if she would like to learn to read. As the first book is finished, Liesel almost constantly feels the urgency to be reading. That is when the evolution of the Book Thief begins.
In this book Mark Zusak has chosen none other than “Death” to narrate the story. The reader will enjoy Zusak writing as “death” and appreciate how he interprets the character.
The Book Thief is similar to the book "Number the stars" by Lowis Lowry. A book about a girl named Annemarie, who lives in Denmark. She is forced to protect her friend Ellen from the Nazi's. Another book similar to this one is, Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. This novel is about Bruno, a 9 year-old German, who unknowingly lives beside a concentration camp. While in his yard he meets a Jewish boy, named Shemul, who lives on the other side of the fence. They form a friendship without the understanding of their supposed hatred.
I recommend The Book Thief to readers over the age of 12.
-Arianna Dossa

I usually do not read fiction books, but I was asked to join some friends to read and review this book. It was just wonderful. The narrator was unbelieveable. The characters stole your heart. The writing was superb. could not put it down! Highly recommended.
RL Schroeder

Jan 09, 2014
  • JCLBarbG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The narrator really pulls the listener in with his sardonic tone of voice.

best book I have read all year maybe ever. I will always remember Liesel, her friends and family Made me want to see what else Markus Zusak had written. Made history more real to me

Oct 11, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Pleasantly shocked at the humor amidst this melancholy tale about the Holocaust. Death as the narrator was another surprise. Rudy was my favorite character behind Poppa who was a battered hero. This is he first novel about this tragic period that I've read that mentioned popular culture for that time with the reference of the Olympic Games and Jesse Owens' heroic performance. What's not to love about a book that promotes the need for reading so strongly that the main character steals them for comfort.

Jun 07, 2012
  • doroschelch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Like every good children's book, this one is equally delightful and moving for adults. Considering the harsh and tragic story, sensitive children should not be left alone with it - but it's a must-read, nevertheless, for its lesson in history and humanity, and its gorgeous poetic language.

May 04, 2011
  • MadPen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was set during WWII in Germany. I could not put this book down.

Apr 03, 2010
  • Michelle Z. Hotchkiss rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was incredible! An amazing message of family and love and hope. The author wrote this book incredibly and the language used is spectacular! Five stars!


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