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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
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Dec 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: audio-book, wwii
Read from September 25 to October 22, 2012

If you are going to read this book, I highly suggest doing it in audio book format. The narrator is phenomenal - I imagine that is exactly what death sounds like. I truly think hearing it read aloud made the experience for me; some of the other reviews and things I have heard indiacate the story can drag a little, and I can understand why. But in the audiobook format that flowery, somewhat backwards and fascinating imagery (my favorite kind of imagery) really came alive.

I like this book for so many reasons - it's a genre I read a lot, it's a perspective that's new, while I'm not entirely thrilled with death as a narrator, I appreciate the newness of it. Liesel as a protagonist was amazingly real. Her personality was one of the most... well... authentic I've read in a long time.

I do have two points which turn this from a five star book to a four. (view spoiler)

It's nit picky, I know, but overall a great audio book.

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