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The Book Thief | [Markus Zusak]

The Book Thief

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.
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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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    Janine T. Lea MA 04-06-14
    Janine T. Lea MA 04-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful Story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought it was a fantastic story about an incredible time in history. You can FEEL the hearts and emotions of the characters in the story. It is a story of faith and love and compassion which can be found in even the hardest of times. The promise the father gave to the friend who saved his life. And he kept that promise, while putting all in his home in danger.


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The Narration was terrific. I haven't heard any other performances by Allan Corduner, but I will look for him again in the future.


    If you could rename The Book Thief, what would you call it?

    I think the title is Perfect. I couldn't come up with anything better if I tried.


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    Denise Whitaker 04-05-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a truck driver, a mother and a wife.

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    "Death never sounded so good."
    What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration of Death by Allan Corduner was incredible. I really felt like Death himself was speaking to me thru my earpiece.


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    Jim Hess 04-05-14
    Jim Hess 04-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful storyline and beautfully written"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    The performance was a work of art


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mama, you zaomench!


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Perhaps the best performance I've enjoyed thus far on Audible


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    S. Cloke 04-04-14
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    "Loved the story! LOVED the narration!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick! I love Liesel, Rudy, Max, Liesel's dad, her mom, you name it. They were all plucky and sweet and funny in their own way.


    Any additional comments?

    Allan Corduner as the narrator (Death) was perfect and so funny!

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    Amazon Customer 04-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I have fallen in love with Death's voice"
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    The art of story telling has never been a moving experience for me, until now. I usually listen to audiobooks to fill the time. Allan Corduner's performance brings this story alive like no other medium ever could.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    If I had to choose one character, it obviously would be Death. Death described the world and all of it's people, events and details with a bittersweet justice.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He infused life into this story with a depth that is felt within the first few spoken phrases. Hi accent, his intonation, his humor... the story was told perfectly.


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    saborbuddy texas 04-03-14
    saborbuddy texas 04-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought Provoking"
    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    3rd


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was being told by "death"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she sneaks into the home to steal a book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I wanted to relish each moment


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    Carol 03-26-14
    Carol 03-26-14

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    Greatly enjoyed this compelling story and the outstanding narrator! Highly recommend it to all!

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    Greg PASADENA, CA, United States 03-26-14
    Greg PASADENA, CA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book, brilliant narration."
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes, because of the poignant story set against the backdrop of the despair of Nazi Germany.


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sabra SPRINGTOWN, TX, United States 03-26-14
    Sabra SPRINGTOWN, TX, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story!"
    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the best audiobook of all the ones so far....but just getting started.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    Loved the part where she begins breaking into the mayor's house to take books.


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    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-25-14
    Chris Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Super Book"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The history, the story, the reality of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the Reaper was the story teller.


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The "Grim Reaper", just think of the stories he would have. Both good and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to see the movie. Couldn't stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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