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The Book Thief Audiobook

The Book Thief

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.
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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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    Sue 06-25-14
    Sue 06-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great World War II story"
    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Different view point


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book because it was written from the point-of-view of the average German family living during World War II. Death is the story teller and his tells about his encounters with a young girl. Not everyone is German is guilty.

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    Kurt 06-24-14
    Kurt 06-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought provoking, entertaining, enlightening read"

    I am always interested in different perspectives regarding WWII and its horrors. This book revealed yet another viewpoint. The narration was particularly masterful, and brought the complexity of the characters to life. I highly recommend this book.

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    Joanne M. DiVito 06-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A remarkable story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listened to Markus Zusak's The Book Thief while driving up and down the California Coast. The last chapter finally "did me in" reaching right into my heart and spirit. An amazing piece of literature and so well delivered that it has set the bar high for anything I read from now on.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    It was so well delivered by Allan Corduner.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm recommending it to everyone who reads or listens to Audio books. Brilliant piece of work.

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    arisp 06-22-14
    arisp 06-22-14
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    "The movie was better"
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    I have NEVER said a movie is better than the book. BUT, in this case-- that is a fact. The book was not my favorite, however..I did enjoy the movie!!

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    Syndee Apple Valley, CA, United States 06-20-14
    Syndee Apple Valley, CA, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Twists and turns"
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    This is a great book! I loved the narration and will probably listen to it again someday. I loved how the author was able to keep you wondering what would happen next. Great book! Ü

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    Kelly 06-18-14
    Kelly 06-18-14

    I am amazing.

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    "AMAZING"
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    YES. I loved everything about this book. It was an amazing story. It made me sad.... but I really enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the girls foster father. He was a good man, a good father.


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

    No.


    If you could take any character from The Book Thief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Jewish man in the basement ... would love to hear his fully story.


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    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 06-16-14
    Susan Rock Hill, SC, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a must listen!"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The entire story is so true and real. I found the use of language fascinating. The narrator was perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found Leisel to be a true heroine. She lived life on life's terms and still found love, hope, and joy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many. I think it was the reading of the book Max wrote for Leisel.


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

    I would have if I had had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about how great this book was and kudos to the narrator. He was excellent!

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    mv 06-15-14
    mv 06-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely story about loss, love, and resiliency."
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    The story gives you a close up view into the affects of the Nazi regime, the Holocaust, and war on children and families. The story is sad, but even more so, it is about how love, resiliency, and kindness make all the difference in people's lives.
    It is a must read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Liesel and Max and between Liesel and "papa". So lovely.


    What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The personal story behind the horrors of war, hate, and evil. That goodness triumphs over evil. The


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

    No. I like reflecting on the stories within the story. It is like eating something delicious. You want to eat slowly to savor and enjoy each bite.


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    paula brandt 06-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a personal account of the nazi horror"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    death speaking


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

    when Liesel saw max in the in the line of jews going to the labor camp


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    JEANNINE 06-07-14
    JEANNINE 06-07-14
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    "Beautiful Story"

    I loved this story. Not sure why this is considered Young Adult, I wouldn't put it into that category.
    Beautifully written and narrated It was refreshing to get the German view point of the war, as It seems I have been living in WWII England in my last few books and movies. I have been calling my cats all the German swear words for days now, they just roll off the tongue!
    I highly recommend this book.

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