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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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    Cynthia 05-31-15
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    "Great book, beautifully performed"

    From the description, I didn't think I wanted to listen to this book. It sounded too depressing. I'm glad I did. It was beautiful.

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    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-31-15
    Amazon Customer PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "beautiful story beautifully read"

    stunning, striking, moving and honest. a gorgeous story written with bold artistic strokes. love the reader. love this book.

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    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-30-15
    Susan Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "The Book Thief's Attachments"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    I think that listening to a book like this is a richer experience than reading it. I probably won't go to the movie. It is a book like "The Book Thief" that makes you long for radio instead of movies. The personalities of each of the characters, even the minor ones, give a sense of what it was like to live through the reign of the "Furor". The sacrifices of the normal people(in the Nazi party or not) was similar to those experienced by the whole world at the time except for the few of privileged. It was very realistic including the harboring of a Jewish
    "boarder" who had been related to a Jew who saved Lisel's adopted "papa's" life.


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    Maybe a little Anne Frankish?


    What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices and even the enunciation of the German city names and the less than complimentary terms of endearment bandied about made the story real.


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

    When a Jewish merchant's door was defaced, Hans Hubler was there to paint it the next morning.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure how this book was suggested, but it doesn't seem like something I normally would have picked I glad I listened. It gave me more perspective on the era.

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    tony9277 05-29-15
    tony9277 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely Brilliant Work! I Loved it!"

    The Book Thief was a wonderful dance into the life of a little girl with such great determination, A willingness to love, accept and embrace life in a war torn Germany under Nazi rule. Under overwhelming hardships this story delivers and puts the reader directly alongside the little girl. brilliant! T

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    soccergal_34 05-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing and heartbreaking"

    This book was absolutely wonderful and devastating all in one. Well written, well executed and beautifully narrated. A must read!

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    EHMac San Francisco, CA 05-26-15
    EHMac San Francisco, CA 05-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story, wonderful narration"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. It is not a light book by any means, but it is one of those rare books where you fall in love with the characters. The narration by Allan Corduner is superb, I could not imagine better.

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    COnstance 05-23-15
    COnstance 05-23-15
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    "Beautiful story"

    I love this book it was beautifully told and written...
    stories like this make it all worth while to read and listen to....and to know that there is still beauty in the world.

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    P. Schmid Fox Lake, IL USA 05-14-15
    P. Schmid Fox Lake, IL USA 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Sad and Lovely"

    Beautifully read, sad yet lovely story.

    Apparently I have to say more. But truly my first sentence is all I wanted to say.

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    darswords Reno, NV, United States 05-14-15
    darswords Reno, NV, United States 05-14-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Death Narrates Very Well!"

    Death narrates this wonderful story about a young girl in Hitler's Germany. That is a sentence I never would have thought of writing. But that is part of the many surprises in this story. If you've read Terry Pratchett's Discworld, you have a vision of Death. Though this book is covering more serious matters, the author brings in wit and wisdom, and shows us all how to care, how to love.

    Early baby-boomers and their parents know deeply what happened pre and during World War II. Most books covering this era, with anger and depression and rightly so. This book looks at all of that plus teaches a girl to read and write. Okay, now that sounds like elementary school. And though this could be read to a younger audience the subject matter is quite mature. In fact, it is a great way to introduce to younger people how Hitler grew his army and how people learned to blame others for their problems (sounds a lot like what is happening now in many ways).

    Right from the start I found I cared for Death and the other characters. But most of all I loved the quirky writing style. I have read in other reviews that the style was distracting, but I found it was necessary. We need to take the subject lighter so that we can live with the girl in her own innocence. The turn of a phrase in this author's writing kept me highlighting all over the place. Markus Zusak is amazing!

    This Kindle version was given to me for a birthday gift from my friend, Yve. Thank you so much! I picked up the audio version from the library, hence breaking up my current reading list. I loved the narrator of the audio, Allan Corduner. He acted the parts and kept me interested. Though this was the library Overdrive version, I think I will use this month's credit to get the Audible copy. That's how much I loved the combination. I plan to read this again. As for the movie? I am not sure I want to watch it yet. I am too in love with my own imaginary movie.

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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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