By Markus Zusak
13 hours and 56 minutes listening time
Liesel Meminger is adopted by another German family after her mother is taken away and her little brother dies. She is sent to Munich, right dead center of WWII. Narrated by Death himself, this book is a fictional book regarding the events that happen on Himmel Street. Beside Thirteen Reasons Why, this has been the most heart wrenching, soul capturing book I have read this year.
The character building and the relationships that they each formed with each other, made me feel like I was there. I haven't felt this "involved" in a book in a very very long time. I wanted to reach out and hug Leisel so many times. And I wanted to shout to the heavens for Death to just leave Himmel Street or even Germany. I just wanted to reach out and say "Go find Hitler instead, you know where he is, your DEATH for God's sake."
I am terribly intrigued by WWII history. And not intrigued because of the horror, but intrigued because it simply is filled with history. It is a tragic history, yes, but a history nonetheless, and I am captured almost instantly when I read stories about this time period, hence this book and post.
There were times I literally could NOT put this book down. And I cried. I cried like a little baby, especially at the end. Hell I am getting teary eyed just thinking about this book and just how wonderful it is, and although I know wonderful isn't a great enough word. It was an incredibly beautiful book. It is sad, it is terribly sad, but I think this is just one of those books that you have to read.
So go get your copy, or borrow mine, but make sure you return it, because I will read this book again.