I bought the Audio version of this book after reading quite a few recommendations.It starts off a little dark and bizarre. As the story slowly evolved I found myself drawn in by this wonderful tale. The author has managed to combine the horror of the second World War with the day to day reality of life, of a German family. The author gives us glimpses into the happenings beyond the town in which the story takes place via the character of Death.I loved the way the narrator Allan Corduner made the story come alive and his perfect pronunciation of the German words made it even more of a joy to listen to.My daughter and I listened to it together and the occasional, actually quite a few, Saukerl and Saumensch, would make her giggle. That element of laughter despite the terrible story within the folds of this book, is what will make me remember this story for a very long time.