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The Book Thief [Soundtrack]

John Williams Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Journey to Himmel Street 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. New Parents and a New Home 1:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ilsa's Library 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Learning to Read 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Book Burning 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. "I Hate Hitler!" 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Max and Liesel 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Train Station 2:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Revealing the Secret 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Foot Race 1:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Visitor at Himmel Street 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Learning to Write 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Departure of Max 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen17. Rescuing the Book 1:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Writing to Mama 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Max Lives 1:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Rudy is Taken 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Finale 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. The Book Thief 7:05$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Classical / Fox Music
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Williams at his most emotional and intimate November 16, 2013
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The Book Thief, based on the popular novel by Markus Zusak, is a World War II drama set in Germany about the power of the written word. Young Sophie Nélisse stars as the lead character, Liesel, who is sent to live with foster parents (Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson), just as the specter of war looms over the country and Nazism begins to take hold. Through her innocent eyes Liesel begins to witness the first months of what would be eventually become the Holocaust, but through the compassion of her new parents, their imparted love of books and literature, and her friendship with of a young Jewish man named Max, she finds a way to deal with the atrocities that are starting to take place in her community. The film is directed by Brian Percival, best known for his work on the critically acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey, and has a score by the legendary John Williams.

It came as something of a surprise when Williams was announced as The Book Thief’s composer, as it marks the first time he has worked on a film that did not involve either George Lucas or Steven Spielberg since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 (Spielberg was originally set to direct Memoirs of a Geisha, and is one of that film’s producers). Williams has tackled this sort of subject matter before, in films like Schindler’s List, and he is an acknowledged master at composing scores from a child’s point of view, as he has done numerous times through his career, but for him to turn up scoring a film such as this, working with a new director at the age of 81, is unexpectedly wonderful. Apparently Williams read Zusak’s novel, and when he heard that a film was being made, he actively sought out the scoring gig.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect November 15, 2013
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This soundtrack is heart meltingly lovely. When I watched the trailer from The Book Thief film I was transported by the music to Liesel's world in Germany. Every song on this soundtrack fits perfectly with the story. I think this may be one of John Williams best pieces of work in his long and illustrious career. Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning November 25, 2013
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STUNNING!! very beautiful piece. there isn't much I could add to a review that had not already been said. this album is worth getting, and will quickly become a favorite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Despite having both an interesting story (that's narrated by Death) centering on an adopted girl's growing literacy amidst the backdrop of Third Reich-ruled Germany and having the most well-meaning of intentions, I found the film adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel THE BOOK THIEF to be pretty lackluster as it felt more like a TV movie with only a solid performance by Geoffrey Rush as the girl's adoptive father giving it any weight. Nonetheless, it will probably get a few Oscar nominations since this is exactly the type of film the Academy loves to nominate. And there is no person the Academy loves to nominate more than composer John Williams, whose score for this film is a definite lock for a nomination and just might be the frontrunner in the best score category. It is through his involvement I became aware of the project and what's very interesting about it to me is that its the first feature-length film he has worked on since Roland Emmerich's THE PATRIOT back in 2000 that isn't directly associated with either a name-brand film series or Steven Spielberg. As a Williams fan, I was intrigued to hear what he would come up with and how it worked both for the film and on album.

In a promotional interview, Williams described the film as having "a power and a force that's delivered quietly" and I feel the exact same way about his music here. In fact, I'm reminded of his score to another film with those same attributes: ANGELA'S ASHES. It's an obvious comparison, yes, but that's not a bad thing. The main theme Williams has written for this film has the delicate beauty of the aforementioned title and the romantic sweep of his underrated theme to SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (but never quite hits those melodramatic highs) and gets quite a workout where it is skillfully woven in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JW - mature, intelligent and elegant February 10, 2014
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A more mature presentation of other scores in similar fashion. He says more by saying less here. Must have for film lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor gem December 14, 2013
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This is a lovely, intimate work. The foundation is structured around several piano themes--each a pianissimo introduction to a more florid string swell--a Williams signature throughout many of the more serious films he has supported with music. There is always a logic in these introductory piano introductions, and the critical melodies are usually anchored in them somewhere--also a Williams signature. Once the melody is exposed,we are in identifiable Williams terrain--we begin to look for the motif throughout and--well--it is always there and in more expositions and recapitulations than you will ever find in the work of most modern film composers.

These later soundtracks are wistful in a more abstracted way. John Williams is mortal--of course--and the thought of a cinematic world without him is upsetting. When I watch Spielberg films, especially now, I am reminded of how fine a director he is but--also--how maddeningly formulaic he is--sometimes to the point of reductionism. I can understand why many don't think of him as a very important director (though all agree he is a spectacular marketer--someone who knows what filmgoers want before they know it themselves)--he repeats himself ad nauseum and that seems to be more in the world of a moneymaker than a film maker. I note this because some say the same of Williams. That he is formulaic and works the system again and again. Well--there is some truth in this. However, embedded in that "system" there is always a new and interesting permutation of melody and harmony--sometimes of style, too (especially his more jazz-inspired scores). To accuse him of the same redundancies we see in Spielberg (redundancies which I think are worth the play, again and again, in Spielberg's case) is unfair.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey - it's John Williams!
The master of 'I can't get this tune out of my head' melodic orchestrations. He knows how to capture a mood and
evoke emotion. Beautiful. 'nuff said.
Published 9 days ago by rebmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music!!
Gorgeous music!! Every now and then, I hear hints of the score from the first Harry Potter movie. :) Love John Williams!
Published 23 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Very melodic and plaintive
Another great John Williams score, much the same feel as Schindler's List. There are certain selections that elicit pure emotion. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Debbie Robbins
4.0 out of 5 stars Consistent excellence from the master composer
I've already listened to this album several times and have loved the experience of hearing another intimate Williams score with shades of other, similar works like 'Accidental... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old John Williams Magic
The guy has a supreme gift for scoring music. I heard one song from this soundtrack and fell in love. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arenoptara
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful late blossoming of a true Master of film music
First of all, I have a confession to make. My name is not John Williams. I use it as a tribute to my favorite composer, maestro Williams.

Now onto the music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not one of John Williams Soundtracks
This soundtrack doesn't rank in the category of John Williams best efforts, but is a decent and listenable movie score. I guess its just that Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music...
This is a wonderful CD.... I also loved the book and the movie so this was a great addition to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Meant to get the book on tape
While I'm sure this is a delightful soundtrack, I meant to order the book on tape, so I was disappointed. Not in the product, in my poor online shopping skills!
Published 3 months ago by Ardith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great yet haunting soundtrack
John Williams has done it again. I loved the book and the film, so I asked for and got this soundtrack for Christmas. It is excellent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terryn
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