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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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    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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    Debi 10-10-14
    Debi 10-10-14
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    "SUCH A GREAT BOOK!"

    One of the best books I have ever read!! I'm getting this authors other books now!!

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    Laurel 10-09-14
    Laurel 10-09-14
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    "Very moving; such wonderful characters."
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was unusual since he was death, come to take the souls away. But he had a very interesting perspective of the characters and their lives.


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    J. Hooper meridan Idaho 09-28-14
    J. Hooper meridan Idaho 09-28-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Cant praise it enough!!!"
    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The very top!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has such feeling, Such excellent writing too with a different approach to happenings in world War 2. I experienced war in Northern Ireland as a child and it brought back some vivid memories.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Everything.....he made it so believable.


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

    I think the name is great!


    Any additional comments?

    It makes one realize how hard that war made life for many Germans too.

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    Kathy R 09-22-14
    Kathy R 09-22-14
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    "Deeply moving story; superb narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this to several people already. Though it is a hard story, the depth of the character development is such that you feel you could meet any one of them on the street, and know them. I love a writer that can turn a phrase; there were so many that I wanted to remember from The Book Thief.


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

    Gone with the Wind--such wonderful character development that you felt you were losing a good friend when it was over.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    He varied the voices consistently for each character, making it easier to track them when listening. Very soothing to listen to him, even when the story was hard.


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

    This story runs the gamut of human emotion--deep sorrow, loneliness, joy, worry, belonging, resentment, hopelessness, then hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't wait to get back to the book as I was listening. I enjoyed it very much, and highly recommend the Audible presentation.

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    Anne 09-20-14
    Anne 09-20-14
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    "There's nothing I didn't love about his book!"
    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of my favorites. The story, the style of narration, the voice performance of the narrator all made this a captivating listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The developed personas a of each different character in the story.


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

    No, I haven't listened to anything else by Alan Corduner


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