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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
  • ASIN: B00FBTYW8G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The music captures the mood of the story very well.
Terryn
Recommended for writers (movie soundtracks are great mood music) and fans of any kind of instrumental.
Arenoptara
Another great John Williams score, much the same feel as Schindler's List.
Debbie Robbins

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jon Broxton on 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lori M. Tritz on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darwin, Charles Darwin on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joe Aliberti on November 17, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on January 27, 2014
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This is a wonderful CD.... I also loved the book and the movie so this was a great addition to my collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terryn on January 13, 2014
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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. The music captures the mood of the story very well. The story takes place in Nazi Germany, and is a story of the triumph of the human spirit of the evil of totalitarianism. The music captures the upbeat parts of the story, but also conveys the sad parts with a hauntingly beautiful sound.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By moviescore1 on November 19, 2013
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John Williams delivers another classy score! I haven't seen the film yet, but I'm planning on it so I'll be curious to see how well the music compliments the movie. From a listening standpoint, this is another example of John Williams at his finest. Even though the story evolves around the holocaust, the music has a very hopeful nature to it. It's intimate and flowing and as with most Williams scores, stands apart from the film as a concert work as well as a film score. I look forward to every new John Williams score with anticipation and IMHO, I think this score is much better than last year's "Lincoln." I've already found myself coming back to it for repeated listens in the last week. At 81, John Williams continues to prove why he is the master film composer of this generation. This score is more proof why so many film score fans love this work. Highly recommended!
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