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Review: The Book Thief Audiobook

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It's just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fistfighter, 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 ... Read full review

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The Book Thief is narrated by Death (yup, you heard that right) who tells us the story of Liesel Meminger. It's January 1939, and ten year old Liesel is traveling by train with her mother and her little brother Werner. Liesel and Werner are being taken to the small town of Molching, just outside of Munich, Germany, to live with foster parents Hans and Rosa Hubermann.
Werner dies on the train of mysterious causes having to do with poverty, hunger, cold, and lack of medical treatment. Before Liesel arrives in Molching, she attends her brother's burial in a snowy graveyard. She steals The Grave Digger's Handbook from the cemetery after it falls from a young grave digger's coat. The kicker is... Liesel can't read.
Liesel is reluctant to enter the Hubermann house on Himmel Street, but is coaxed by her foster father, Hans, to whom she takes an immediate liking. She's not sure about Rosa, though. Liesel begins school, but suffers because she doesn't know how to read yet. She also meets Rudy Steiner, who is soon to be her best friend (not to mention her partner in book and food thievery).
One night, Hans finds The Grave Digger's Handbook hidden in Liesel's mattress after her usual nightmare of seeing her brother dying on the train. This is what inspires him to begin teaching her to read. When Liesel learns to write, she begins composing letters to her mother, but these letters go unanswered. Finally, we find out that her mother has disappeared.
Liesel becomes aware of what it really means to be living in Nazi Germany when a book burning is organized to celebrate Adolph Hitler's birthday on April 20, 1940. She finds the mound of literature being burned fascinating but super-disturbing. Now that she can read and write, she has come to see great value in books and words. When Liesel hears a Nazi spokesman calling for death to communists as well as Jews, a light bulb goes off. The only thing she knows about her father is that he was accused of being a communist. She realizes that Hitler is likely behind her father's disappearance, her brother's death, and her mother's disappearance.
When Hans confirms her suspicions after the book burning, Hitler becomes Liesel's sworn enemy. This is a dangerous conflict for a young girl in Nazi Germany. Hans warns her against voicing her anti-Hitler opinions in public. This conflict helps drive Liesel to steal her second book, The Shoulder Shrug, from the burning pile of books.
Turns out that Erik Vandenburg, a Jewish man, saved Hans's life during World War I, giving up his own life in the process. After the war, Hans visited Erik's widow and young son. Now, that son is twenty-two and is hiding from the Nazis. His name is Max, and Hans is his last hope for survival.
Upon learning of his plight, Hans readily helps arrange for Max's journey to Himmel Street. When the desperately starving and exhausted young man arrives, Hans and Rosa hide him in their home. At first, Liesel isn't sure what to think of Max, but they soon make fast friends. Meanwhile, Max's arrival and his suffering produce a change in Rosa, for the better. Liesel is amazed to see her courage and her softness.
 

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I love this book so much and it is so emotional and powerful. It was not predictable at all and had many unexpected plot twists. I strongly recommend this book!!!!!!

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can i have it

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This is stupid it doesn't show half the book!

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loved the story made me cry

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This book is great its something to read over and over again

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In the story The Book Thief, The main character of the story is 9 year old Liesel Meminger who is suffering from the death of her brother, and loss of her mother who has to leave her with a foster family because she cannot afford to look after her any longer. The story takes place during the reign of Hitler in Nazi Germany. I felt the historical accuracy was pretty great and it touched so many elements of what happened. The main plot is that Hitler orders the destroying of all Jewish books and there are constant book burnings in the centers of towns. At the beginning of the story, Liesel does not know how to read. She has a book that she took from her brothers funeral and her foster father starts teaching her how to read with that book. Reading opens a new world for her and she sees how powerful words and reading can be. During these book burnings as showed in the picture, she steals books and hides them for her to read. She later reads them to her neighbors and shares stories with a Jew her family is hiding in their basement. They both share a love for books and this is what brings them together. 

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Narrated by death himself, this story is set in Germany during World War II. Death follows a young girl Liesel that seems to fascinate him throughout her life. Due to the period this book is very dark, and can be disturbing. This young adult read would be best for 8th grade and up.

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I love this book amazing i have the whole book at my school and we are reading it.

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