Written By: Markus Zusak
Narrated By: Allan Corduner
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: September 2006
Duration: 13 hours 57 minutes
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The Book Thief Audiobook Summary
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.When Death has a story to tell, you listen.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
The Book Thief Audiobook Review
This is a very powerful and popular book which comes with high praise for good reason. Written with such pathos, gentle humour and a deep understanding of human capabilities, flaws and potential, the words will not fail to move you, and lead you to spare a thought for the suffering, hardship and loss experienced in times of war, and the colossal power of every small kindness when it comes to human survival, endurance and faith.
The central story of Liesel – the Book Thief – who is fostered following the heartbreaking loss of her mother and sudden death of her little brother at the start of the war, follows her delightful friendship with her new ‘papa’, a kind, humble and musically gifted former German soldier who is there for her at every turn her stowaway friend, Max, who writes the aforementioned story of a tree grown from a seed in a forest of cruel words – for her step mother, Rosa, whose kindness shines through a battery of sharp-tongued, often abrasive words and her friends who help her through.
The book is set out in short but powerful chapters, each headed brilliantly with the key themes covered on those pages. A wonderful, compelling and thought-provoking read, and highly recommended.
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