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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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    "Great book if you are prepared to have your heart broken..."

    This haunting, funny, heartbreaking, gorgeously crafted story is beautifully and lovingly read by the narrator.

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    Rita S. 10-01-15
    Rita S. 10-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Still on my mind months later"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. This is one of those rare stories/performances that I still think about months after I finished the book. This heavy subject made for a beautiful story and the narrator made this feel like I'm watching a play in my mind. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find another book now that can hold my attention the way this one did.


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    Raina Edmond, OK 09-30-15
    Raina Edmond, OK 09-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Cute"

    liked it so much for the first time in a while back I will not be mean

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    Chrystall Ladlee 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The most beautiful and heartbreaking book"

    Beautiful imagery made the whole book like a poem. I fell in love with all of the characters and then got my heart broken at the end.

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    James 09-28-15
    James 09-28-15 Member Since 2015

    I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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    "Wow!Quite a book that stays with you. Top 100 list"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Narration... the influence of my German, Polish heritage, stories from my parents, and of their grandparents.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Loved his portrayal of Rosa, and Liesel, her saying to her mother, "yess mama", while Rosa called everyone, dirty pig, saumensch, and saukell.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Poppa letting Liesel know that he knew she beat the crap out of a boy, and she asked if Rosa-momma knew... and his reply, "you're still alive, aren't you?"...


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the viewpoint of the story, as seen thru the eyes of war ravenged Germany; the hardships of growing up, the first hand views of trying to stay on the right side of the Gestapo, the hatred by Hitler in Germany of Jews, and Communists, and what Liesel saw growing up. I loved the commaradry between Liesel and Rudy. Loved the book thief's visits to Ilsa's libray. Lastly, a note about Death's own comment, about how people are scared of ghosts, and he is scared of people. I found it intriguing how Death took Liesels book , and didn't return it until he came for her. You saw the love that Liesel had for her foster parents, Max, and Rudy.
    Quite a unique story.

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    Cynthia A Reynolds Austin, TX, US 09-25-15
    Cynthia A Reynolds Austin, TX, US 09-25-15
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    "Haunting and sad"

    Great narration and an interesting view of small town Nazi Germany- from the common man's point of view.

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    John 09-25-15
    John 09-25-15 Listener Since 2008

    I enjoy learning as an every day pursuit limited only by time and innovation.

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    "Love and Loss"

    Absolutely amazing book that makes its reader laugh and cry along with its characters as they live triumphantly, love deeply and die silently in the night. A story of love and loss based in a time of great sorrow for all of humanity; Nazi Germany. Strongly recommended for all who cherish life.

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    Richard Hallum Tn USA 09-17-15
    Richard Hallum Tn USA 09-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    If you want to listen to a good book - this would be an excellent choice.

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    Monique Cox 09-16-15
    Monique Cox 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "witty & beautiful"

    struggled to get it going, but after I let it in, it was beautiful. don't pass this one up.

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    J. Taylor Roanoke, VA 09-15-15
    J. Taylor Roanoke, VA 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    The Book Thief is a must read for any who loves a good story with characters that are multidimensional.

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