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The Book Thief Audiobook
The Book Thief
Written by: 
Markus Zusak
Narrated by: 
Allan Corduner
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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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    LJH in Austin 06-11-15
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    "Fabulous"

    It was Enjoyable listening for entire adult family. Definitely worth a second "read". Recommend for all

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    Daryl Conley Boise, Idaho 06-10-15
    Daryl Conley Boise, Idaho 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing tale of life and death"

    This book has such unique descriptions. And colorful stories of s people oppressed by WWII. Loved this book

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    Craig W. Alldredge 06-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Beautifully written, narrated and produced. THIS is how beautiful literature should be treated. I couldn't stop listening. Extremely well done.

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    Kaylyn 06-06-15
    Kaylyn 06-06-15
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    "Fantastic"

    Sometimes I find myself bored or irritated with the narrator of audiobooks, however this book was fantastically written as well as wonderfully narrated. I loved every minute!

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    Dorie Damisch 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling story of WW II"

    The story was well read and well written. Sometimes authors can overdo the adjectives. In this case the author does the heart rending story great justice. using death as the narrator was a masterstroke.

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    Vicki 06-05-15
    Vicki 06-05-15
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    "OH MY"

    I could not stop listening! It was so beautifully written and the narrators voice was brilliant

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    Marni J. 06-04-15
    Marni J. 06-04-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully read."
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes -- it was so well read, the characters really came alive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development, and the relationships between the characters.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    His ability to portray so many different characters so that they all stood apart from each other.


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

    Death. He was actually a very sympathetic, thoughtful and gentle character; quite misunderstood by the general public!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended audiobook.

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    Katrina VT 06-04-15
    Katrina VT 06-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Fabulous reader makes enhances beautiful story"

    How can a tale of such tragedy be so lovely and so immensely funny and sweet. Between Zusak's incredible writing and Corduner's nuanced performance, I was stunned.

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    Kathryn 06-01-15
    Kathryn 06-01-15
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    "I LOVED this book . . . Especially LISTENING to it"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of this book was AMAZING! Great story which was enhanced by the performer!


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    His voice, accent, German pronunciation; he made this book SO enjoyable for listening!


    Any additional comments?

    A MUST listen!

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    Virginia Louise Mt. Union, IA USA 06-01-15
    Virginia Louise Mt. Union, IA USA 06-01-15 Member Since 2016

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    "a new view of history."

    it took me awhile to get into the story but it is worth it. as told from the view of death, the story will grab and carry you thru the life of a young girl in WWII.

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