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The Book Thief Audiobook

The Book Thief

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - One of the best examples of young adult literature that adults will love (as well as more mature teens), The Book Thief alternates between heartwarming and heartbreaking, always packing an emotional punch with each of Markus Zusak’s carefully chosen words – as brilliantly conveyed by Allan Corduner, who takes on Death, and so much more, in this novel set in Nazi Germany. —Diana D.

Publisher's Summary

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids - as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Children's Literature, 2007

"The astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers." (Booklist)
"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers....An extraordinary narrative." (School Library Journal)
"The Book Thief will appeal both to sophisticated teens and adults with its engaging characters and heartbreaking story." (Bookmarks Magazine)

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    Monique Cox 09-16-15
    Monique Cox 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "witty & beautiful"

    struggled to get it going, but after I let it in, it was beautiful. don't pass this one up.

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    J. Taylor Roanoke, VA 09-15-15
    J. Taylor Roanoke, VA 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    The Book Thief is a must read for any who loves a good story with characters that are multidimensional.

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    oregon2chicago 09-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "superbly written perfectly narrated "

    I highly recommend this audiobok. I would have given the writing five stars, only that for there being a little too little adult content --- no strained marriages, etc. That is the only thing that gave it away as technically a 'young adult' novel. Yet it is excellently written with crisp phrasing, convincing dialogue, and successful description of place. Plot is good, but it is character development which keeps you invested. Narrator is great, no one could have done better; but given that death is the narrator I occasionally wished I was reading rather than listening, so that my internal imagination of the grim reaper's voice was the storyteller. Similar to but not quite as good a story as "all the light we cannot see', but I think just as well written.

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    Barbara Wolstenholme 09-12-15
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    "Odd start, but then brilliant!!"

    First chapter a little off-putting, but when he gets down to the story telling, the story itself, and the words he chooses, are beautiful.

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    Margarita Nieves 09-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "this book will give you life"

    this book can only be truly enjoyed via audio book. it's perfect! I enjoyed the stories characters and sounds

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    Sandra Corder Sedona, AZ, USA 09-11-15
    Sandra Corder Sedona, AZ, USA 09-11-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Heartwarming and Heartwrenching"

    Couldn't wait to get back to my friends on Himmel Street! So sorry to leave them. So sorry for them.

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    Kaileigh 09-09-15
    Kaileigh 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Just excellent."

    Very well written and enjoyable with emotional highs and lows. A story of childhood, of friendship and family, of loss and grief and hope. Absolutely worth the listen.

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    J.Kimelman 09-09-15
    J.Kimelman 09-09-15
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    "Fabulous book"

    Readier/Actor made the book come alive. language was exquisite and story was riveting and moving.

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    Kirk D. Carver Houston, TX 09-08-15
    Kirk D. Carver Houston, TX 09-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Uniquely Written and Well Narrated"

    Zuzak pens an engaging, heartfelt story from the perspective of a most unusual narrator. His prose is very descriptive without being burdensome. The reader does an excellent job with the characters. Easily in the top ten novels I've read.

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    LMS4712 Cheyenne, WY 09-06-15
    LMS4712 Cheyenne, WY 09-06-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Rambling"

    Great narrator. He was the best thing about the book. the book did not hold my interest, I think it was too hyped.

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