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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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    Ryan 04-09-15
    Ryan 04-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pulled at the heart strings today!"

    The beginning pulled me in, but then slowed down for a bit. It picked right back up and it was hard to stop listening!

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    Chris 04-09-15
    Chris 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Heartwarming Story Brought Masterfully To Life"

    The Book Thief is at once compelling and devastating. Never has a book shown me a sky more cleverly and seductively described, each capturing any mix of my five senses. The story is a compelling blend of character and context, and the levity of Death as the narrator gives it a wonderful balance. And Alan Corduner's Death is unrivaled.

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    Tiffany Brantley 04-08-15
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    "it made me cry to hear the stories of so many dead"

    I usually cry when I read books with sorrow this was like living during ww1
    I wept as if I loved Rudy, as if I lost my whole world that day. I felt the story as if I was reading my own. Also I love how it was narrated by death. it was nice to see him in a different perspective. not as the villain but as someone doing a job that no one else wants but that has to be done.

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    Rachel New Braunfels, TX, United States 04-06-15
    Rachel New Braunfels, TX, United States 04-06-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Most Creative Story Structure in A Long Time"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the themes, and the characters, but my favorite aspect of the book was that Death (the Grim Reaper) was narrating. This device allowed Markus Zusak to share some thoughts on death, dying and surviving that might have sounded out of place coming from any of the characters. This book is good reading for anyone and everyone age 9 and up. It would be a stretch for a pre-teen, but the central characters are pre-teens.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    I was touched by all the times Liesl refused to kiss Rudi because she didn't want to alter their friendship.


    Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Allan Corduner enhanced this story with his reading without drawing undue attention to himself. I would enjoy listening to him again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When Death is haunted by humanity.


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    norka 04-06-15
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    "Amazing book"

    The Book Thief went beyond my expectations. I would recommend this book to most people. I would read this book again and again.

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    Suzanne D. Brown 04-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Love love love"

    Such a great story. Highly recommend. Narrator was wonderful.
    I enjoyed listening very much.
    This was my second time.
    Enjoy

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    Mimi C IL 04-02-15
    Mimi C IL 04-02-15 Member Since 2010
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    "The Book Thief will steal your heart."

    The narrator did an outstanding job as Death, the story's narrator. I wasn't sure if I would like another book about WWII, but I was hooked on it from the beginning, and it never disappointed.

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    Tara 04-01-15
    Tara 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing, moving"

    An absolute must listen! It was moving with such a realistic portrayal of a time in history that changed the world.

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    Jennifer 04-01-15
    Jennifer 04-01-15
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    "Great read"

    The most moving book I've read in a long time...narration was absolutely wonderful!! The way he could change his voice for each character added so much to the story.

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    Susie Johnson 03-29-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Beautifully done"

    Love the beautiful way this was done. I enjoyed the characters and their personality delivery in this story.

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