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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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    jennifer 09-01-15
    jennifer 09-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the few I reread."

    I'm in love with this book. I have read this book and wanted to listen to it a year later. It is beautifully written in such a way that it captures you. You feel the pain and love. The narrator is brilliant on this piece. He tell it in such a way that is magical and sad... So sad. Please read. I have listened to this book five times now.

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    Michael 08-24-15
    Michael 08-24-15
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    "Great Story and Great Performance"

    Marcus Zusak has written a tremendous story in The Book Thief. His words are like a picture of the story rather than the telling of it.

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    Trey McCauley 08-24-15
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    "Just ok"

    I listen while I travel, I have listened to many books and this one is just ok...

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    Ashley Poff 08-23-15
    Ashley Poff 08-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    ""I am haunted by humans""

    There are book you like. There are books you love. But, there are very rarely books that transform you (and even fewer that are all three types of books)! The Book Thief, is one of those incredibly rare books that is the total package. I will forever carry this story with me just as Death does!!

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    Thomas 08-21-15
    Thomas 08-21-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book to read"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book when I read it - I bought copies for my friends and family. Listening to it was another story - the reader was fine and of course it was the same story. I think it was just one of those books to be read and not listened too.

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    Morgan L 08-20-15
    Morgan L 08-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "better than expected"

    slow start. didnt realize the narrator is death, do wish the end had a little more detail. overall very good.

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    Kimberly Alexander 08-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Best fiction book I've ever read!"

    The narrator was a surprising twist! A must read for everyone, you won't be disappointed.

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    Gisell 08-18-15
    Gisell 08-18-15
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    "Wonderful literature"

    I had to read this book for a summer reading assignment, was not too excited for it because it looked not as appealing as it was, I was wrong and the book was astonishing. Wonderful literature, and very interesting. I recommend.

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    Janie 08-18-15
    Janie 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Things included: an accordion, a girl, a papa, love..."

    Amazing. Absolutely amazing. This book transports you to a time and place you're not sure you want to be but you're sure you don't want to leave. The characters make you want to know everything about them. They make you want to shake them, hug them, run with them and love them.

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    ivana gazic Billerica, MA 08-14-15
    ivana gazic Billerica, MA 08-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Inappropriate narration ruins it"

    Reviewing only the audiobook.
    The narrator is rather inappropriate. That just ruined it for me and I wasn't able to finish listening. One of the reviewers said he sounds like Vincent Price, and I have to agree. Sadly that kind of gruesome and intense narration doesn't work with this particular book. I guess the narrator was trying to impersonate Death as one would do so telling a scary story to children. For me it just didn't seem serious/adult enough. I was under the impression that Count Dracula is narrating.
    Definitely pick this book up in print.

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