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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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    susan 05-14-15
    susan 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Heavy, dark,sad"

    Enjoyed the narrator very much, story was deep dark sad somewhat historical and made me cry and my heart ache.

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    Kari Aspenes 05-14-15
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    "A touching story"

    The "I person" gave the book an extra dimention. I loved every minute of it! The narrator made it a treasure!

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    Scott Rivera 05-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible narration"

    The narration makes the book three-dimensional. More so than even reading it. I would highly recommend this book especially to somebody who appreciates great metaphors.

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    Kady Sisters, OR United States 05-11-15
    Kady Sisters, OR United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Beautiful and unique"

    What an incredible and unique story, a sharp eyed and original view of WW2. Beautiful writing and a terrific reader.

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    Derek 05-10-15
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    "A peer into the souls of mankind."

    Loved it! Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Heartwarming! I could relate to the character's feelings.

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    Gaile Dry-Burton 05-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Phenomenal !"

    I Learned a great deal about many wonderful German people during the horrific rule of Hitler. I thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as the reader!!!! Well done!

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    Goofyamb 05-07-15
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    absolutely fabulous! the ability of the author to articulate such common experiences so vividly is awe inspiring.

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    Locopelli Denver, CO United States 05-06-15
    Locopelli Denver, CO United States 05-06-15 Member Since 2014

    Reading through Amazon's "100 Books to Read in a Lifetime." Finished 38 and counting!

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    "Everyone should read this book."

    Beautifully written, beautifully read. A classic for all ages. It's a story of the sweetest things in life, and the horrors which, in contrast, make them even sweeter.

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    Sherri Barrett 05-05-15

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    "Memorable"

    This is one of those books that sticks with you long after you have listened to it. I will hear something about Nazi occupation and will recall scenes from this book. It quickly engages the listener and stays interesting throughout the entire book. I have not yet seen the movie, but believe that I will prefer what I imagined from listening to the story. I highly recommend this book.

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    Jazmin 05-03-15
    Jazmin 05-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good read"

    I loved this book. Different from others. The ending definitely was the best part. I would recommend it to anyone

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