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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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    Lisa ELMWOOD PARK, IL, United States 02-08-16
    Lisa ELMWOOD PARK, IL, United States 02-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "breathtaking"

    even though I had already read the book and seen the movie, I am so grateful that I had the audible experience as well. The rperformance s perfect, it did justice to the beautiful metaphors in this story. Hard to believe that a holocaust story could be uplifting.

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    Cyndi 02-07-16
    Cyndi 02-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Just a Small Story"

    I was hooked from the moment Liesel stole her first book. I wanted to find out more about this girl and what life had in store for her. This was not an easy story to listen to and did not have what most people would consider a happy ending, but it was well told. Worth picking up.

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    boysenme 02-03-16
    boysenme 02-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A "Must Listen""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I usually prefer to read a book, but my commute has me listening to books now, too. This is such a wonderful story, and the narrator added an extra - and a very special - dimension.


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    carl 02-01-16
    carl 02-01-16
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    "Morals"

    Very good book sucky payment services book really serves morals and values yay leseil Hans Rosa max yay

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    Kinga 02-01-16
    Kinga 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful book."

    Written in a simple language touching story. I loved the tremendous importance books and words had in the main character's life.

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    Kingston 01-29-16
    Kingston 01-29-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "My First Audio Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. A great story, with a great narrator.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He sounded very natural, I've heard bits portions of audio book where I find myself taken out of the story with a distracting change in character/voice, but he kept me engaged throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm VERY glad this was my first audio book

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    Mark Edens 01-29-16
    Mark Edens 01-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't pass this story by."

    This literary masterpiece should be read and heard by all. I know I will do both many more times. Thank you Markus and Allan.

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    Jacobs 01-29-16
    Jacobs 01-29-16
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    "Great read."

    Excellent book. The narrator did an exceptional job reading this book. The inflections and tones made me feel like I was in ever scene. Loved it.

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    Christopher M. Guinn austin 01-27-16
    Christopher M. Guinn austin 01-27-16 Member Since 2017

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    "Moving but underwhelming"

    Don't expect the ending to redeem the book. It is well written and has some witty lines and stories that will make you smile but overall is morose and will leave you feeling down on humanity. Other books on the subject matter such as The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas manage its little better in my opinion.

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good, but sad."

    Even though the book was so sad and so painful at such a brutal time in history, the beauty of childhood and the power of love does come through. Great performance.

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