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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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    Regina Conroe, TX, United States 05-07-14
    Regina Conroe, TX, United States 05-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my top 5 audible books"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend this book - even though this is fiction, it is based around historical facts and concepts of the time. It displays the emotions behind true friendship and the hearts behind the first glance of those you meet. This book touches the soul


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

    Loved the 13 presents that she brought to Max


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

    This book made me laugh, cry and in general made me more conscience of how I treat others on a day to day basis.


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    Dee 05-07-14
    Dee 05-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    Her father giving bread to the prisoners as they walked by


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

    Laugh, cry, feel incredulous that this could have happened. Like most holocaust books I am overwhelmed with feelings throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard good things about this book and was anxious to read it. I could not have been more pleased - great character development, storyline, plot, and a good reader. I highly recommend it.

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    Jerrilynn 05-07-14
    Jerrilynn 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to more than one individual. The biggest reason why would be that I found the story absorbing. You can't help feeling the characters in this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to choose a favorite. Liesel engages your sympathies right away. Rudy is every impulsive moment in our lives. Hans (Papa) is everything that is noble within us that is still reasonable enough to feel fear and regret. Rosa (Mama) represents every challenge overcome that in the end seems not so bad. Max represents love, and strength, and courage. I can't say I can chose a favorite. The best I can do is to say that Rosa is my least favorite and that is because of her abusive nature at the beginning of the story.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    Allan does an elegant portrayal of each and every character. I especially liked his portrayal of Death. You feel the characters of "The Book Thief" because he brings their thoughts and feelings to you. Thank you Mr. Corduner.


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

    There is no better title.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story. It will make my top 10 favorites list for a long time.

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    Jennifer 05-07-14
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    "It Stole My Heart"
    What made the experience of listening to The Book Thief the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the story unfold.


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

    That Himmel means Heaven.


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

    No


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

    It was too intense for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Death tells a sweet story through the eyes of a child.

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    Grandspud So Cal 05-06-14
    Grandspud So Cal 05-06-14 Member Since 2016

    "No matter where you go... there you are."

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    "An Engrossing Read"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    Great prose, historic content, and gripping tale.


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

    While some may think it odd, "The Glass Castle." Both are about young girls growing up amid adversity.


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    Dee Trope Florida, USA 05-05-14
    Dee Trope Florida, USA 05-05-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a homeschooling mom of 3 teenagers. I love to read and I love to crochet. With audible I've found a way to do both at the same time.

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    "Beware of the cursing but excellent book"

    I felt like I got a glimpse of what it was like to be a young german girl during the Hitler regime. Having "Death" tell the story added to the aura and was quite appropriate given the subject matter. There was quite a lot of cursing in the book. Did not particularly enjoy hearing Jesus blasphemed constantly, but understand that it was part of the story and culture. I feel that I have gained a new perspective on this tragic time in history.

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    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 05-05-14
    Gayle Chilliwack, BC, Canada 05-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant story as told with a unique perspective!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator gave the story an extra something that you wouldn't get from reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leizel who was so young and had lived through so much had maturity far beyond her years.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many, but maybe when papa was teaching Leizel to roll a cigarette. It was tender and touching.


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

    Yes, it made me think and reminded me not to forget history.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I will listen to many times.

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    Anne 05-05-14
    Anne 05-05-14

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    "WoW Great Book!"

    This book is like finding a treasure in an old fashioned flea market- a delight .
    I have wondered from time to time what life in Germany might have been like after WW2 but never expected to have this amazing experience, a story about courage, loss, fear, love, compassion, and spunk! It never falters. I will look for more books by Markus Zusak
    Credit worthy!

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    Deborah 05-03-14
    Deborah 05-03-14
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    "Hauntingly beautiful story well-read"

    What a thoroughly original take on a story that's been told many times before. Beautifully written and sensitively narrated. I laughed and wept. A piece of advice -- thumb through the print version of the book to see how the author lays out the stories within the story, the headlines and other narrative devices. I won't give it away, but it's very creative.

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    HW 04-28-14
    HW 04-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting"
    What did you love best about The Book Thief?

    I loved it all


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liesel was my favorite of course!


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    I am not sure


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

    When everyone on her street died.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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