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I Am the Messenger | [Markus Zusak]

I Am the Messenger

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.
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Publisher's Summary

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Zusak succeeds brilliantly." (Booklist)
"Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere." (School Library Journal)

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    Kathy Edwards, CO, United States 01-22-07
    Kathy Edwards, CO, United States 01-22-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This is a great book for older teens as it has an important message about getting involved and caring about others and the positive effect it can have own your life. Beware about reading to younger kids as it has some mild bad language and a heavy scene with rape. My son loved this book and didn't want it to end. It has a similar message as "The ultimate Gift" but more serious and appealing to older teens.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Gore 05-29-15
    Laurie Gore 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    The audio version of this book captures brilliantly the character of the narrator. Youthfulness, insecurity, hopefulness, all rolled in one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Rock Springs, Wy, United States 04-14-15
    Stacey Rock Springs, Wy, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the best"
    What would have made I Am the Messenger better?

    I listened to the first chapter of this book and didn't go any further. There is foul language that is unnecessary, the story and character development is silly, and I didn't care for the narrator. Not my cup of tea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 04-04-15
    Daniel 04-04-15
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    "Great book"

    It is an interesting book. I love the ending!! So touching, I definitely recommend this book, because of the detail and relevance. It is interesting in its own special way!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin Frandsen BREMERTON, WA, US 02-20-15
    Dustin Frandsen BREMERTON, WA, US 02-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen!"

    Loved the narrator, the writing & the story! Everyone I know who's read it complains about the ending. But I'm okay with it. Hope Zusak keeps writing more like this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johannes 01-11-15
    Johannes 01-11-15
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    "Love it"

    I absolutely loved this book, it was bloody brilliant. And I also enjoyed the Australian accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    heART seneca sc 12-08-13
    heART seneca sc 12-08-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature

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    "this is not The Bookthief"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a better story. this is exceedingly simple and I can't say I found the characters believable


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Goldfinch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    none


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am the Messenger?

    The book rings false


    Any additional comments?

    One of my most favorite books is the Book thief by the same author. Don't miss it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 12-26-11
    Pamela 12-26-11
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    "Interesting Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I liked the characters and the reader gave it life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am the Messenger?

    When he realizes his role in the cards.


    What does Marc Aden Gray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading makes the book for me. You get more nuances of character. I love the accent and language. His cadence is perfect.


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

    What would you do if you could change the lives of others?
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    Play the cards your dealt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OrangeWisteria El Paso, TX, United States 11-26-11
    OrangeWisteria El Paso, TX, United States 11-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Wife, Mother, 1965,

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    "Mardus Zusak, a most talented writer!"

    I read Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and was touched by the profound richness of the story! He brilliantly interweaves characters in a historical time, encapsulating it all with a stick to your soul love for humanity, life and its challenges. Have I said brilliant?!

    Alas, I Am The Messenger, though smart writing, pales . . . The story however entertaining was not deep, profound or memorable. I found the ending a predictable writers copout.

    The language of curse word after curse word cheapened the story. Simply I don't want such garbage in my mind. Sure it may paint the picture of poor, uneducated, simple people but I feel it lacks ingenuity from the writer.

    There are no long detailed graphic pornographic sex scenes, thankfully! However, the main character has an obsession with sex. He is not getting enough sex, being bad at it, not getting it with the one he loves, and other details and descriptions than I care to read about... Not for your teens and well, those who are virtuous.

    I would recommend this book to a 26 year old, never married male who is home from work because of a herpes flare up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Anchorage, AK, United States 08-24-11
    Mary Anchorage, AK, United States 08-24-11 Listener Since 2004
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    "Read instead of listen"

    I thought the book was very good, but hard to listen to because of the narrator's accent. I think that this is one book I would have preferred to read and not listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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