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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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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 03-25-15
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story"
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    I never listen to the same book twice. There are too many books I want to hear to take time to listen to something again no matter how great the story.


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

    The bombing of the community.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    The performance was excellent and very well done. If I had read the book I would have speed through it missing many of the details.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't imagine trying to do so, but with the time and ability to stay awake, why not?


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    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 03-25-15
    Virginia OCONOMOWOC, WI, United States 03-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Taken back in time"

    For a true book lover!!
    This book flowed wonderfully. The speaker was excellent. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

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    Amazon Customer Duluth, MN, United States 03-24-15
    Amazon Customer Duluth, MN, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "simply beautiful"

    This book should be required reading in school and for heads of state. A wonderful testament of the human condition and a glimpse at the beauty and horrors of life. The author is a genius.

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    Shannon 03-23-15
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    "A Book for Book-Lovers"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was incredible. His voice was truly the voice of a loving Death, sharing the story of a girl he admires.


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

    Hope in the face of Sadness.


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

    I have not, but I wish to now!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. This book was so moving. One of the rare encounters with the human condition that makes you really FEEL something when hearing the narration of the novel. I can't express how great this was.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

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    Mark Fowles 03-23-15
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    "It was good and sad"

    It was good, it catches the reader and draws them into the book... but then it makes you sad.

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    webwriterone 03-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Moving"

    Beautiful words. Beautiful story. I was there. That's the greatest complement a reader can give to an author. Oh that there were more line this one

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    Holly Ashton, IL, United States 03-20-15
    Holly Ashton, IL, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely story"

    Beautifully written and very well narrated. You become a part of the story laughing with their joys and crying with their heartaches. You won't be disappointed.

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    Vicki Kaufman, TX, United States 03-20-15
    Vicki Kaufman, TX, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved this book"

    The narrator was awesome. The story was riveting and took you on a roller coaster of emotions.

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    mark harris 03-15-15
    mark harris 03-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding book"

    Best book I've read this year. The movie didn't do it justice. This is one of those books that you wish you could make everyone read.

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    Janet L Rosenthal 03-15-15
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    "The book their reveiw"

    It's was a really amazing book!! Even though it made me cry at some parts, it's was beautiful!! I loved it. This review is by Layla

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