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The Book Thief | [Markus Zusak]

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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    D. Howell 01-22-11
    D. Howell 01-22-11
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    "Loved it!"

    This was one of the best books I've 'read' in ages. Ended up parked in my driveway listening to more (on several occasions) before I'd go into the house :)

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    M. Manning 01-20-11
    M. Manning 01-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "What an amazing book!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. When it began I wasn't certain I would like it. But it sucked me in and held me tight. The writing is glorious; just the way the author strings words together is sheer joy to listen to.

    If there are awards given for audio book narrators, Allan Corduner should receive one for this performance. He was amazing, and the final scenes of the story had me weeping. I will search for other books narrated by this man.

    It's not very often that I prefer the audio version of a book, but I'm certain that hearing this one enhanced both the story and my enjoyment of it.

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    katrina Millsboro, DE, United States 12-28-10
    katrina Millsboro, DE, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2014
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    "THE BEST"

    After listening to several books, I have to admit that this is by far the best that I have had the luck to listen to. The narrarator is superb, and realistic with all of the characters. He adds to the story instead of taking away. If I didnt listen to this book first then I wish that I would've read it as it is a real page turner. I loved all of the characters and I was disappointed to have it end. It is the kind of book that you want to go on forever. Congrats to you if you read this, you will not be disappointed.

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    M. Halpern FLorida 12-21-10
    M. Halpern FLorida 12-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book I have read or listened to!"

    This book is so beautifully written. I have never been so enthralled and captivated listening to a book. And I have listened to hundreds of books in the past 6 or 7 years. I highly recommend it.

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    P. Andersen Westminster, CA USA 11-30-10
    P. Andersen Westminster, CA USA 11-30-10 Member Since 2008
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    "My Favorite"

    The reader, the characters, and the story are wonderful. This audio book is in my top three books of all times!

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    Billie Carmel, CA 11-15-10
    Billie Carmel, CA 11-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A Different Holocaust"

    This book is emotionally wrenching. I cried most of the way through it. That said, it told a new story of the Holocaust. This was the Holocaust as viewed through the eyes of a poor German girl and it captivated me from beginning to end.

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    Patricia Sterling, VA, United States 11-15-10
    Patricia Sterling, VA, United States 11-15-10 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm part of that world"

    Markus Zusak created characters that I came to know and love, and will I miss forever. They haunt me as well. There could not have been a finer narrator than Allan Corduner. My only complaint is that I had to drive to work through tears.

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    Leya Plantation, FL, United States 11-11-10
    Leya Plantation, FL, United States 11-11-10
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    "Lovely!"

    When I first started this book I was undecided about it.. Death as a narrator was odd to me.. However, as I continued to listen, I was entranced and couldn't wait for the next opportunity to listen to the book. Housework has never proceeded so willingly!

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    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 11-02-10
    Isabelle Middlesex, VT, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2014
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    "No attachment"

    I had trouble getting excited about this story. I stuck it out, and there were some good moments at the end, to redeem it slightly. I wasn't drawn in by the story.

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    Bopeep Vermont 10-25-10
    Bopeep Vermont 10-25-10 Member Since 2013

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    "great story, great narration"

    after listening to this story i grew to love most of the character so much that i hated to finish and say goodbye... so i listened to it a second time.
    i had heard bits and pieces about many atrocities by the nazi's, but his author tells of these historical events through the eyes of ordinary human being, that are actually extraordinary!

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