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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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    melvin 01-21-15
    melvin 01-21-15
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    "Great story even though it's not a true story"

    I liked the way the narration changed from liesels point of view to other people's point of view. This book wasn't what I was expecting it to be, but it was still good,& Rudy is my favorite character,favorite part is when liesel finally kissed Rudy.

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    Natalia 01-20-15
    Natalia 01-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrific Book! The best I've read last year"
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes! It was a wonderful story, and the narrator did a splendid job voicing different characters in such a way that did not distract, but enhanced the performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The perseverance of the characters in the face of tragedy and injustice.


    Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

    Tough question, but I think Lisel was my favorite.


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

    Lisel - charming, hungry for learning, compassionate, innocent, fearless, and loving.


    Any additional comments?

    I had a feeling how it was going to end, and I was hoping for a different ending. I was wrong, but the ending was still satisfying even thought not as happy as I hoped for.

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    Froggy 01-20-15
    Froggy 01-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story wrapped in a creative shell"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    This story is entertaining and well-suited for audio. I enjoyed hearing the German words and the story told with the reader's inflections.


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

    I really liked the story told from the German citizen perspective for a change. Made me think about the bigger picture for Germany. We usually hear about the Nazi or Prisoner perspective. I found this view enlightening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Yes. The story is told by 'Death' personified. It is a wonderfully creative idea


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

    Nothing. Narrator was wonderful.


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    Murphy-Owen 01-19-15
    Murphy-Owen 01-19-15
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    "LOVED THIS BOOK!"
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    It's not often, at all, that I give a book a five-star rating, but this one gets it! The characters are well developed, and I grew to love them quickly. The descriptions were so vivid, I could feel myself in the story. The story wasn't too wordy, and it didn't leave anything out that needed to be there. I usually listen to books while doing laundry. I didn't want to stop listening, so I did all of the laundry in one day, and even stripped the beds, just so I had an excuse to keep listening. Great story. The narration performance was superb! Thanks to the author and narrator for a great experience. FIVE STARS!

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    A Cat Lover 01-16-15
    A Cat Lover 01-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Moving & joyous"

    I laughed often, which given the topic is tough to believe. Then I cried for the last 1/2 hour. A satisfying, life-building cry. Phenomenal story writing!

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    sbings 01-16-15
    sbings 01-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected, but way better."

    I love this book. I loved it so much. I'm usually one to read a book more than once, but I think I might re-listen to this one.

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    Karen McNeill-Utecht Mount Carmel, IL, US 01-12-15
    Karen McNeill-Utecht Mount Carmel, IL, US 01-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    Markus Zusak writes words that one can see, feel, smell, touch and savor. Highly recommend!

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    Carol 01-11-15
    Carol 01-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptional!"

    A beautiful, heart-wrenching story of survival, persecution, frustration, creativity, war, loyalty, evil, love, and the power of words and literacy. Well-written, skillfully narrated - a masterpiece.

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    Mary 01-09-15
    Mary 01-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    I enjoyed the personal reflection of the "normal" German people. GREAT "READ"! Perspective of the children was good.
    Thank you

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    Dahlia 01-09-15
    Dahlia 01-09-15
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    "Amazing read"

    The Book Thief this particular book is very hard to describe a holocaust book? No, this book taking place in Nazi Germany is in my opinion about how resilient humans can be. Narrated by the Grim Reaper himself in a very cleverly put together story of a girl, her books. And the people whose lives that girl touched. I can say this much you cannot invent characters like the people in this book.

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