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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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    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 Denver, CO 09-06-15
    LMS4712 Denver, CO 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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    Laura Redfield 09-04-15
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    "Wondrously Written, Remarkably Read"

    The Book Thief has been a favorite book of mine since the first time I picked it up, but hearing it read aloud by such a talented narrator has made the experience that much more wonderful. Highly recommended!

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    Rolanda PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-02-15
    Rolanda PHOENIX, AZ, United States 09-02-15 Member Since 2007
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    "loved it."

    took a couple of chapters to really get into but we'll worth it. I recommend this

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    Amy Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-02-15
    Amy Boca Raton, FL, United States 09-02-15
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    "Very good"

    I would recommend this book to people who like realistic stories of war and history.

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    Leandro 09-01-15
    Leandro 09-01-15
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    "Great narrator"

    Allan Corduner gives a show on this great story. You can feel the emotion of the book on his voice. Very plessant time.

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    Sheliski 09-01-15
    Sheliski 09-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerful story"

    This has to be my favorite book let as well as my favorite Audible book due to the wonderful narration by Allan Corduner.
    Beautifully written. Zusac has an amazing way with words! This is one I think I will listen to again and again!

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