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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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    Katie Thieman Lake of The Pines, CA 12-18-13
    Katie Thieman Lake of The Pines, CA 12-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Compassion, beautiful, love


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

    I loved his voice and accents, listening to him and how he read the story and German words and terms that are sprinkled throughout really made the story come alive much more than reading it on my own would have.


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

    YES!!


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    Sallie 12-18-13
    Sallie 12-18-13
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    I just finished listening to this book for the second time. I really enjoy WWII books and this one is is so touching. The point of view from "Death", the view from a young orphan girl, the vivid people from the town both rich and poor, the bombing raids, destitute people who are trapped with no hope of a better life, love, fear, anger, hiding a Jew in the basement, it is all included. Mr. Zusak is a wordsmith! His story telling just drew me in. Also Mr. Corduner is the perfect narrator.

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    Ericson WEST COVINA, CA, United States 12-17-13
    Ericson WEST COVINA, CA, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book thief stole my heart!"
    Any additional comments?

    I am new to Audible but this is not my first audible book. I have about 20 in my library but this is the first time I felt compelled to write a review. I do not want to reiterate all the positive things other listeners have mentioned. I can only say that it has been four days since I finished the book and I just can't stop thinking about it. This is one of those books where after you finish reading, it will take a couple days to digest everything. I have since started listening to a new book but I still catch myself ,even while listening to the new book, that my mind suddenly wanders back to Liesel and her Papa.

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    Katherine New Hartford, CT, United States 12-16-13
    Katherine New Hartford, CT, United States 12-16-13
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    "Truly marvelous"

    The unrelenting beauty and horror of war and humanity - its all here in this masterpiece of a book. I can't describe the fullness I feel in my heart on finishing this story. I have listened to hundreds of books - and this one is the best of them all.

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    Beau New Orleans, LA, United States 12-15-13
    Beau New Orleans, LA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Husband. Dad. 3D Nerd. Tech Junkie. Saints fan. Part of the Squid clan.

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    "Heartbreaking and heartwarming"

    This is a stunning rendition of the highly acclaimed novel and it kept me engaged from start to finish. I wasn't sure what to expect when I downloaded this audio book (as I'd done it so I could have discussions with my teenage daughter who had to read it for school), but I quickly realized how much life the narrator breathed into Liesel, Rudy and World War II Germany and how much passion the writer had for the material. Family, kindness, unconditional love and selflessness are all woven through a very rough time in history as we watch Liesel grow and learn, and the end left even me in tears. Moreover, the narrator Allan Corduner should be congratulated for his efforts in making this an emotional and highly satisfying listen.

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    Martie YPSILANTI, MI, United States 12-15-13
    Martie YPSILANTI, MI, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013

    If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!

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    "Diamond in the rough,a special book to last ages!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes highly recommend! The narrator is phenomenal and the story was fantastic!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max but I don't want to ruin the story or give anything away in the review


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Leisels momma comes to school :)


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

    Rudi Steiner because he needs it (the food) the most!


    Any additional comments?

    A fresh and amazing new prospective on such a horrible time in the world...while it is still incredibly heartbreaking and tragic it is eye opening and so very touching. I laughed, I cried and I even held my breath a few times waiting for tense moments to pass.
    The narrator is positively the BEST!!!

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    Maria La Grande, OR, United States 12-14-13
    Maria La Grande, OR, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the best books I have read"
    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank The Book Thief as one of the best books I have listened to (or read for that matter). I highly recommend.


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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 12-11-13
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2001
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    Audiobook review. There isn’t much I can write about this novel that hasn’t been written before. The audiobook version was published in 2006, so it has been out there for quite a while; there are over 4000 reviews on Amazon. I bought this book for one reason: A television commercial for the upcoming movie. I wasn’t disappointed.

    To be brief, if you read one book this year, this should be your selection. The Book Thief is the story of a German girl and her small town during WWII. In an amazing and gripping tale, the author weaves a story through the point of view of Death. Grasping at any semblance of understanding, either through her own revelations or the words of others, you’ll be completely taken with this journey of Liesel Meminger. This story of war, through the eyes of an innocent German child, is an amazing awakening. As they say in the lexicon today, ‘Just do it.’ Buy this book. You will be stunned.

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    Lori United States 12-10-13
    Lori United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Was worth the second shot, made me laugh and cry"

    This is a Nazi Germany book from a different perspective, the perspective of Germans who do not sympathize with Hitler but go along publicly to keep the status quo. There are very rich characters in this book. It did take me a while including a try a few months ago to get into the book, However the reward was great. I was not a huge fan of the small "dream" side stories but they did not greatly detract from the main story. I can actually see why the movie in this case might be better then the book which is very rare. so I am looking forward to it.

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    Rita Big Lake, AK, United States 12-07-13
    Rita Big Lake, AK, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Thank you Markus Zusak for these Words."
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    I tried to answer the questions of who was most memorable, favorite, liked best....I cannot.
    I laughed and cried, sobbed is more accurate. A book full of life, death and love. I highly recommend this listen.

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