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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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    Valerie E Tulsa, OK 08-13-14
    Valerie E Tulsa, OK 08-13-14

    I love to read so much, but find it hard to sit down and get through a book anymore. Loving being able to listen to a story while busy.

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    "Soo good!"
    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, sad, funny


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

    Death's description of one Jew's soul he collected;"His soul was skinny. His beard was a ball and chain."This created a very vivid picture of the Jewish people's conditions during the Holocaust.


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

    I had not heard Allan Corduner read before this. I certainly enjoyed the German and pronunciations throughout his reading. I undoubtedly would not have gotten the real feel for the language without his performance.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't been this "in love" with a story's characters in awhile.

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    Michelle Reston, Manitoba, Canada 08-12-14
    Michelle Reston, Manitoba, Canada 08-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling Story"

    I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it seems to start out slow and almost difficult to follow, the narration slowly pulls you into a wonderfully woven story.

    It is not at all what I expected from a Nazi Germany era story. So rarely do we hear stories from the average German citizen's perspective. Yet this one is so refreshing, honest and heart breaking.

    I think this is one of those books that deserves to be heard, rather than read. The pace allows you to become wrapped up in Lisel's story. I especially loved the fable in the middle, at that point I was completely wrapped up in the book and hated for it to end.

    This is a quiet time book and one that requires patience. But the message is so worth it.

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    R. Mikesell 08-12-14
    R. Mikesell 08-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "REALLY POWERFUL STORY WITH EXCEPTIONAL NARRATION"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    Really gives tremendous insight into the German people who were caught in the Hilter madness of WW2


    What did you like best about this story?

    So true to life and mind expanding. Having just finished "Tale of Two Cities", I was especially understanding of the many decent German families that were destroyed by the NAZI's


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Amazing!. Moves flawlessly between the American English and the German Language expressions and has outstanding vocal control to communicate the emotions in a most effective manner.


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

    The Book Thief is good. "The Price of War" would be more descriptive.


    Any additional comments?

    Very heavy message but this is an extremely powerful, well written story with an extremely powerful narration.

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    Coco Onnen Lutherville, MD 08-09-14
    Coco Onnen Lutherville, MD 08-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Coco Onnen

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    "One awesome story, one awesome performer!"
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes, It was amazing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story in itself is my favorite feature!


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

    No, I have not listened to him before, but I would definately listen to him anywhere, he is quite talented!


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

    Liesel Meminger was the most memorable but Death, Rudy, Papa etc were all memorable!!


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    Anne Taliaferro 08-08-14

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    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    heartbreaking but hopeful


    What did you like best about this story?

    The trajectory of the story was not predictable


    Any additional comments?

    Could not stop listening. Highly recommend it.

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    alyssarae 08-07-14
    alyssarae 08-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "In love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Everyone I know. It changes how you see the world.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    The different voices used were great.


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    Bonnie Scott 07-27-14
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    "So so"

    Good. Not great. A way to pass a long car ride but not worth an extra effort

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    Margaret Yoder IOWA CITY, IA, US 07-25-14
    Margaret Yoder IOWA CITY, IA, US 07-25-14
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    "unususal perspective"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Setting: WWII from a young German girl and her family


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Papa


    Which scene was your favorite?

    After her neighborhood was bombed & when she reconnected with a Jewish man later in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the narrator's perspective was unusual and well written

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    Jamie Suckiel CHARLOTTE, NC, US 07-20-14
    Jamie Suckiel CHARLOTTE, NC, US 07-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "not such a Big fuss"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The way parts of the story were given away and not allowed to be experienced.


    Do you think The Book Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Goodness no.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked the story more if the narrator didn't give previews of important story material. Dealth of characters, etc. That was a huge let down for me.

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    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 07-20-14
    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Lovely Story Even Though Death is the Narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Zusak let us grow to love the characters in the story by delving into their everyday world.


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

    I can't answer that because this story isn't your typical Nazi Germany one in which there are so many bad guys. Instead the story shows us that there probably were so many Germans who had to fearfully just go along with the Nazis in order to protect their families.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    His voice made the characters come alive!


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

    I cried at the end, during the tender moment when Liesel finds Rudy.


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