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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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    Liezl 06-22-15
    Liezl 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Inspiring and touching book, good performance by narrater. I was touched by this story. Excellent!

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    lbmair 06-22-15
    lbmair 06-22-15
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    "Good book"

    I enjoyed listening to this book on a long car ride. I wanted my teen and tween to listen as well but they weren't as interested as I had hoped. It took me a little bit to get "into" the book and the narrator. I think that was what turned off my sons. But, then it was great and I enjoyed it a lot!

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    Pamela 06-17-15
    Pamela 06-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read. highly recommended for a glimpse of "

    highly recommended for a glimpse of the life in Germany for everyday people during world War two

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    Tevin 06-16-15
    Tevin 06-16-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Just... Wow."

    I decided to pick this book out of a staggering number of books on my list to finish because I knew it was a narrated story and thought that would add an extra depth to the storytelling of the book.

    It did.

    Mr. Corduner expertly brings you into the novel, with a certain calming voice that makes you believe he really is Death incarnate. The voices he uses for Zusak's story are within the delicate balance between uniqueness and overacting.

    To put it simply, I loved it. (Even if I bawled uncontrollably towards the end)

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    John 06-12-15
    John 06-12-15
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    "Sophisticated and intelligent"

    Well written. Has an intriguing perspective which both teaches and inspires. This piece of art effectively establishes a child's perspective in Nazi Germany, fostering the development of creative and powerful messages about humans and society.

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    LJH in Austin 06-11-15
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    "Fabulous"

    It was Enjoyable listening for entire adult family. Definitely worth a second "read". Recommend for all

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    Daryl Conley Boise, Idaho 06-10-15
    Daryl Conley Boise, Idaho 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing tale of life and death"

    This book has such unique descriptions. And colorful stories of s people oppressed by WWII. Loved this book

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    Cwasatx 06-08-15
    Cwasatx 06-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Beautifully written, narrated and produced. THIS is how beautiful literature should be treated. I couldn't stop listening. Extremely well done.

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    Kaylyn 06-06-15
    Kaylyn 06-06-15
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    "Fantastic"

    Sometimes I find myself bored or irritated with the narrator of audiobooks, however this book was fantastically written as well as wonderfully narrated. I loved every minute!

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    Dorie Damisch 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling story of WW II"

    The story was well read and well written. Sometimes authors can overdo the adjectives. In this case the author does the heart rending story great justice. using death as the narrator was a masterstroke.

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