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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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    Wendy Sherman, TX, United States 04-28-15
    Wendy Sherman, TX, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Haunting"

    Allan Corduner is a masterful narrator. The story was achingly beautiful. This story will stay with me for a long time.

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    Amazon Customer 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    Wonderful and original point of view, beautiful story. I loved it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rudy, he was a young full of life boy that felt life and gave life and was ever hopeful.
    Death, he was an honest deliverer of heart and a true teller of stories and easy to believe and see through his eyes.
    Mama, her roughness was her love. A guarded bit of love and beauty.
    Book Thief, like Death said, good at being left behind, and one who lived life


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rudy was standing in the water with the book


    Who was the most memorable character of The Book Thief and why?

    Death. Even when the story was over I wanted him to continue to another story with the ins' and outs.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing. Just keep writing.

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    This was an amazing story and I will not soon forget the images so wonderfully depicted.

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    T. Wright Oregon 04-24-15
    T. Wright Oregon 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful story! So well done!"

    Painful story told beautifully. Better than reading it myself. Great performance! Made Audible subscription worth every penny. Keep the tissues handy...

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    Mary K 04-23-15
    Mary K 04-23-15
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    "One of the best books/listens ever"

    Written and narrated SO well. So entertaining, heartbreaking and humorous. I loved it, absolutely. I'm so sad that it's over.

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    Amber 04-22-15
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    "An experience I'll never forget"

    Some stories stay with you forever. Change you. This is such a book. The story is raw and beautiful. The narrator perfection.

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    Susan 04-22-15
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    "Touchingly human story."

    What a powerful story of history's darkest days. The narrator was truly believable to be Death himself. It was difficult to wait for the next chance to listen to the story.

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    Martha Wilmington, NC USA 04-22-15
    Martha Wilmington, NC USA 04-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Just Awesome!"

    This book definitely exceeded my expectations. The story is captivating, the writing uniquely descriptive, and the narrator a perfect fit. Loved it all!

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    Kemdi 04-21-15
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    "Excellent Narrator"
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    This story was really special. From the outset of the book, the reader is almost forced to fall in love with Liesel. She speaks to the inner child in all of us and to the lightness of youth. I think this aspect of character development is driven by the writing and the writer. The narrator however, gives the remainder of the characters unbelievable life, especially Rosa Hubermann.
    This wasn't quite a tearjerker for me but it definitely highlighted atrocities of WWII in a very different light--that of juvenile innocence and clarity. I would absolutely recommend this book to young adult readers.

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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-21-15
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-21-15
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    "a worthy pick"

    I listen to many books on a regular basis-but rarely do I come across those that I want to listen to straight through. This is one of those rare gems.

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