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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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    pat 02-26-14
    pat 02-26-14
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    "Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    the story and the voice of the narrator was different and was entertaining.


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

    many memorable moments but the most was the relationships she was able to maintain with all characters.


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

    initially his tone and voice was creepy but you began to realize it was the intent. and just like "momma" it became endearing.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the human spirit's ability to be resilient in the face of disappointment and disaster


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14
    Amazon Customer Winnipeg, Mb 02-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Stitches23

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    "Completely Enthralling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely reccommend this audiobook to a friend. The characters were so well developed no matter the age/gender. The story poignant and historically compelling.


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

    The first moment I realized that Death was the narrator shook me.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Narrated in an entertaining and engaging manner.


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

    The moment Liesel dragged a smoking, smouldering book out of the fire and hid it in the bodice of her dress and her foster father noticing smoke coming from her neckline.


    Any additional comments?

    The story brings to light the lives of ordinary German citizens during a time in history that most Germans want to forget or cover up.

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    LA Reader Winston Salem NC 02-18-14
    LA Reader Winston Salem NC 02-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    "A tale of hardship, loss and great humanity"

    It's hard to say something uplifting about death and Nazi Germany. This book manages to illustrate how it's the humanity we show others--seemingly small gestures--that truly make a life worth living. I highly recommend this book.

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    Rebekah Lakeview, Arkansas, United States 02-09-14
    Rebekah Lakeview, Arkansas, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A magical book about the power of words."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This book is one that should not be missed.


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

    This audiobook followed me from car to home and back to my car. Very difficult to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books ever!

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    Roxanna Acosta Miami, Florida United States 02-08-14
    Roxanna Acosta Miami, Florida United States 02-08-14
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    "Great story but could not finish it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    I don't know I did not read it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I totally think that a book about a little girl should be a female voice. The voice of a man trying to sound like a little girl is horrible. I could not finish listening to the book. It was very annoying. I will wait for the movie or to read it


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    There are some characters that need to be faithfully played.

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    Bill Port Ludlow WA 98365 02-07-14
    Bill Port Ludlow WA 98365 02-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Best Books I've Read in a long time"

    One of the best books I've read. Wonderfully engaging, super well written with great use of the language. The narration was right on. I did the combination of Kindle and Audible and it worked very well.

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    Linda MATTAPAN, MA, United States 02-06-14
    Linda MATTAPAN, MA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh My Goodness - that's just what this book is!"

    I almost did not buy this book. I circled around it for weeks. The whole premise seemed a bit creepy and weepy but thanks to the reviewers I decided to give it a try.

    Markus Zusak created a story that I will listen to over and over. I loved the story; felt I knew all of the characters; and, began to if not exactly appreciate then at least understand the perspectives of Death - the narrator of the story. There was not one unbelievable character in the book.

    Many reviewers said the book was sad, and honestly it was heartbreaking for me too, but only because I fell in love with everyone in the neighborhood and wanted life for them after Nazi Germany. They worked so hard at maintaining an existence for themselves and their families and they deserved so much more.

    It was brilliant to allow Death to give away some of the story at the beginning because we did not have to spend the whole story dreading what we thought (or guessed) the ending would be. Death was so funny or so compassionate or so matter of fact in the telling of his various visits that it made the ultimate deaths bearable. Allan Corduner thank you for a fantastic performance. You made me forget to fear Death.

    This is a simple story about simple people. The best!

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    Ali Thomas Chicago, IL 02-06-14
    Ali Thomas Chicago, IL 02-06-14 Member Since 2016
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    "It was just ok!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was very difficult to read as I am not quite accustomed to such writing/presentation style. It took me a while to start enjoying this book. Fortunately, I enjoyed only at the middle. The end was quite a surprised and very sad, quite unexpected, really. I won't read it again but for a first read, it was OK!


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

    All of them


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    Carolyn Summit, NJ, United States 02-05-14
    Carolyn Summit, NJ, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2010

    I'm a Richmond reader, with a passion for multi-tasking. Trying to do something for my mind, while carrying our the mundane.

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    "The Grimm Reader tells it best"
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    I would 100% read this book again. The language was incredible. As we followed young Leisel through her pilfering of books she comes alive as a character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The weather report, and incurring paintings and following reports and the snow ball fight


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    Travis nToni St Louis, MO, United States 02-05-14
    Travis nToni St Louis, MO, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Perfect Pairing"
    Any additional comments?

    What a perfect pairing! I absolutely fell in love. The writing style is magical and hearing the words through Mr. Corduner's interpretation for tone was pure perfection. I fell completely in love with the characters and they are still with me as I write this. I want to point out that I didn't know this was considered young adult, and honestly glad I didn't as I might not have picked it. In my very humble opinion it is a wonderful story for any age. Should be a must read for any and all as Mr. Zusak's use of the English Language is as I said magical, like a beautiful dance.

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