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The Book Thief Audiobook

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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    "beautiful"

    I shall keep things concise. If nothing else (and there are many things else) this book is worth it for the narration alone. Beautiful performance of a beautiful story.

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    aimee mckinney 02-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A favourable Book Thief review"

    The narrator was fantastic! And the book... I cried my eyes out. But I also laughed, and there were many happy, childish, innocent moments too. It was a great book, and I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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    KLUND 02-16-15
    KLUND 02-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story line"

    At first very slow and confusing, but once I got going I couldn't stop listening.
    Perfect narrator for the book.

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    Fran Sancroft 02-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this Book.
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    Saw the movie and wanted more. I have a Jewish background and I am interested in the stories that came out of Europe during and after WW2.. this was a wonderful story about a girl and her family in Germany during that time. .. Very moving and well told. excellent narration..

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    MizzJro87 02-13-15
    MizzJro87 02-13-15
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    "Absolutely Amazing!"

    I'm so glad I did the audible version of this book! The narrator did a beautiful job and brought so much emotion and depth to the already amazing story. Now I want to learn German too!

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    TLHDoss 02-11-15
    TLHDoss 02-11-15
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    "an interesting experience"

    This is my first audio book and I truly enjoyed the experience. The imagery of this book and the performance by the reader were well matched. Thank you!

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    Kjersten Adams 02-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Phenomenal"

    I loved The Book Thief! The accents and voices of the narrator were spot on and distinguishable. The story was wonderful and cleverly written. It's a different, refreshing approach to the story of Nazi Germany.

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    Amazon Customer 02-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Immensely enjoyed this book!"

    I will likely listen to again this book is so good. Very much enjoyed this reader as well. I look forward to discovering more from this author.

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    jazmin 02-05-15
    jazmin 02-05-15
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    "Amazing"

    This book is truly amazing and emotional I cried at some periods and laughed at some period. In some section I would ask myself if that could ever happen to me and how would it affect my life. Overall the book was amazing 😍😍😍😍☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️💯💯💯💯💯👌☁️☁️

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    Brian 02-04-15
    Brian 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Sad yet beautiful"

    I didn't see the movie. Wanted to listen to the book especially because it was so highly rated. It had some funny moments throughout. The book didn't completely capture me until I was about 40% completed. I almost didn't want to finish it but I'm very happy I did. It's sad, funny, beautiful and poetic. The narrator does a fantastic job! I'm very happy I purchased it.

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