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Publisher's Summary

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.
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By HDJ on 11-13-12

Ignore the teen classification!

This is an adult story about the power of words. It is also about children growing up and trying to live a normal life in a time of unbelievable horror. The Book Thief is moving and personal and wonderfully written. I often found myself going back listening to passages a second and even a third time immersing myself in the language. So beautiful and at times so sad. The narration by Dennis Olsen is outstanding. I highly recommend this book and hope it won't get lost in the teen section.

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By Michael on 12-20-12

Beautiful

Listen to this book, read this book, own this book. This book a nothing but a work of art. It is lovely and a joy to read. My mother put me onto this book and I think Markus Zusak is possibly one of the great writers of this century. The story is on par with 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' and the style so interesting. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, it will change your life. Okay it is a good read and Dennis Olsen is fantastic at narrating it. Loved it and will want to read it for years to come. It don't get much better than this.

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By Louise on 12-19-15

Fabulous!

Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

This was such a riveting read. Beautifully written, very moving at times, had me holding my breath many times. Beautiful beautiful book.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was based around the real life experience of Nazi Germany.

What about Dennis Olsen’s performance did you like?

He has a lovely tone to his voice, and the characters really came to life. I always think the mark of a great narrator (inconjuction with a great author) is when you're not aware that someone is narrating, but rather you're just living the story. That was definitely the case with this book's narration. Loved it!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I listen each night as I'm going off to sleep.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend this book - you won't be disappointed. So so glad my friend recommended it.

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By Joe on 03-07-14

First Rate

What an amazing story! The weaving together of stories from the author's family history into a thoroughly engaging account of death, war and the human experience is entrancing.

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By Gracious on 12-04-15

Creepy

I was more than half way through this book before I started to care about it. I even cried at the end. I think it was the creepy narration that got me hooked. I can barely believe I finished it.

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By Amanda on 04-08-16

Such a beautiful book

Markus Zusak writes in a style that is refreshingly different, and this is one of the most beautifully descriptive books I've read. He uses turns of phrase which are surprising, yet incredibly evocative, creating vivid pictures in your mind. Having listened to it now, I'd love to read a hard copy, highlighting these little jewels of phrases as I go so I can reread and savour them again and again.
Of course any book written about the holocaust is going to be a sad one, and the narrator seems to almost revel in giving away spoilers about what's to come, but it's almost a gentle heartbreak. It was really interesting to read a book written from the German perspective also.
Beautifully and sensitively narrated, definitely give this book a go!

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