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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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    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 2016

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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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    Thomas 12-13-14
    Thomas 12-13-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book in Years!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    Yes, better than the print edition, thanks to the SUPERB reading by Allan Corduner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosa, the mother. A gruff exterior and a heart of gold.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interchanges with Rudy.


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

    The entire book was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to more than 50 audio books, and The Book Thief is by far the best. Excellent writing, compelling story and outstanding narration.

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    Warren Churchward 12-11-14
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    "A book meant to be heard."

    I love reading books. When driving or doing chores I love listening to books on Audible.

    I just finished The Book Thief. This is the first book that I can truly say needs to be heard. If you have the choice of reading it yourself or listening to Allan Corduner, choose listen. You see, the book is a story narrated by a charming character named Death. The Audible experience makes the story so alive.

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    Bj 12-07-14
    Bj 12-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One not to miss....."

    This book was such a great story...I love when I finish a book and I wonder if it will be a movie. This book was one....not knowing that it was! I will seek out the movie reviews. The details and complexitys in this book are what makes it so great....It made me feel the full gamut of emotions. Sometimes I did have to rewind to understand a word due to the dialect.....but minor stuff. I do have to admit that at the very beginning I was struggling with the story line and was unsure if I would continue....am I glad I did. I got angry with the mother quite a few times- she seemed so "hard".....but then others not so and I did grow to like her. All in all I loved all the characters.....!

    There was so much to this entire story- the characters, the war- love, hate, triumph. I do have to say though that it left me needing to give a rest to stories about the holocaust, and the history on our various wars.....I typically love non fiction and have grown to really like a good fiction book interwoven with true detail.....This book is one to not miss.

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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 11-28-14
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 11-28-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Nice entertainment, but not remarkable."
    What did you like best about The Book Thief? What did you like least?

    I enjoy WWII historical fiction and enjoyed expanding perspectives of life in Germany during this time. I did not find the characters well developed. The plot seemed disjointed and the ending was not connected well to the climax of the plot.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Markus Zusak? Why or why not?

    Possibly, but I would have to research the reviews.


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

    The narrator, Death, has a curious voice and interesting perspective.


    Was The Book Thief worth the listening time?

    Not entirely, but I may be interested in seeing the movie now.


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    t murd 10-30-14
    t murd 10-30-14
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    "Narrated by death"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book had an unique perspective of WWII from the viewpoint of Death.


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

    The love of a mother who demonstrates it in a unique way.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He kept a stoic performance which would is expected from a narrator who portraying death.


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

    I liked the neighbor boy.


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    Christina 10-19-14
    Christina 10-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Gloriously haunting..."

    A beautifully written and narrated story. Innocence during horrible history. Just a perfectly haunting story that will make your heart ache long after you finish.

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    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 10-15-14
    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 10-15-14
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    "Loved the characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a wonderful story of a girl and the relationship she has with her new parents, friends and neighbors during World War II.


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

    After the bombing.


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

    All of them. Allan really brought them to life.


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

    Papa and Liesel


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I would have enjoyed this book had I read it instead of listened. The narrator really brought life to these characters.

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