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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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    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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    Satisfied 01-09-15
    Satisfied 01-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Compellingly Thought Provoking


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

    Can't think of just one


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    All of it !


    If you could rename The Book Thief, what would you call it?

    Can't think of a better name for this book


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    Amazon Customer 01-06-15
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    "Very deep and touching book"

    Forth is will be enjoyed by young and old, Jews, Germans..people
    It's a tearjerker but also brought quite a few smiles.. What a horrible time in history. And a viewpoint that hasn't been beaten to death.

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    Michelle L. Cunningham 01-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "better for home listening"

    I first began listening to the book while driving and had difficulty staying focused on the book. Perhaps it was the drab tone of death. My mind kept wandering. About two-thirds into the book, I made the decision to start over and listen at home. I'm glad I did. It was a wonderful book and I found myself doing menial tasks just so that I could keep listening.

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    Elaine 01-01-15
    Elaine 01-01-15
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    "Engaging story and characters"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    The characters were deeply developed and the story line was engaging. It was an informative and rich work of historical fiction.


    What other book might you compare The Book Thief to and why?

    It was not similar to but was as engaging as The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.


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

    The title character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Moments such as the softening of the mother, the change in the mayor's wife, the devotion of the father – all were moving moments. It was particularly emotional when the book thief again lost her family.


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    Dielle 12-30-14
    Dielle 12-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable, well crafted story"

    This isn't an over-powering story. It isn't a world changing story. But it also isn't a formula, stock standard story. It's sort of a fairy tale set in a war zone, a fairy tale about regular people in extraordinary circumstances. Narrated by Death, nice touch there. And the writing isn't the typical modern formula either. There are many places where the author's use of words are so unique it caught me off guard, and made me stop and think. Instead of the typical descriptions of the sky or the cold or a feeling, they were unexpected and rich. I want to listen again and pay better attention as I'm sure there are more that I missed while I was following the story. This is the kind of book your high school literature teacher would have loved and the kids would have hated (remember Tess?). Given I'm long past high school and much wiser, I appreciated and enjoyed the craftsmanship. I'm sure I will listen to this over and over and recommend to friends. Once again, thanks Audible!

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    NEILL United States 12-18-14
    NEILL United States 12-18-14 Member Since 2014

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    "one of the best books"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    the simple way it is written


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

    stealing the applesl


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

    no wish i had


    If you could rename The Book Thief, what would you call it?

    a simple life


    Any additional comments?

    just loved this story and allan corduner made it great!!!!!

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