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I Am the Messenger Audiobook

I Am the Messenger

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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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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 02-16-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 02-16-07 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Not as good as the Book Thief"

    Maybe I would have liked this book better had I not just listened to the Book Thief, this author's other book. It was so brilliant, seriously one of the best books I have ever read. The narrator wa s wonderful and the story was ok. but it just didn't grab me like his other book. I didn't care about the characters nearly as much and the book seemed to drag a little.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ásta 06-22-16
    Ásta 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "nowhere as good as the book thief."

    nowhere as good as the book thief but all right. the tone of the story I. e. the protagonist was slightly dull and we'll not very convincing. it was OK but not great and maybe even hit of a meh too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 04-19-16
    Stephanie 04-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Marvelous"

    I loved this book from the very beginning when I first read it a few years ago and my sister loved it, too. How can you not? The character development is amazing and writing is fantastic. Now I love the narrative done by Marc Aden Gray. He gives the story new life and you can't help but listen to the very last word.

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very much worth reading!"

    Very deep and thought provoking. wonderful prose. believable characters and situations. well put together story with great meaning.
    I highly recommend this story and this author.

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    Matt 03-13-16
    Matt 03-13-16
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    "Amazing!"

    This book is the best book ever, and I recommend this to anyone 10 or up. It is amazingly written, and the narrator's voice is as soothing as Morgan Freeman's.

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    Christina GARDINER, MT, United States 02-29-16
    Christina GARDINER, MT, United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "compelling story"

    Great narrator. Unique story that makes one feel good about their fellow man. Truly enjoyable.

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    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 08-28-15
    Lisa J. Shultz Breckenridge, CO 08-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun journey"
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    I loved hearing the story with the accent and enthusiasm of the reader. I also enjoyed the story itself. The message to me was to wake up and live to your fullest and see what is behind the lives of your friends and strangers. It can be mutually beneficial to reach out and give people a bit of help or just be with them and care. So in sum, a nice story with a message attached.

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    Russell 07-12-15
    Russell 07-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting and creative"

    Loved it from beginning to end, and was kept wondering till the end. Recommend it for an entertaining listen.

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    Rae Pierce Shepherd 07-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    Excellent performance of a good story. Stuggle with somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. 3 doesn't do it justice but a full 4 may be right with the well done narration. Good character development. Good story of a glimpse in another's life and the simple act of kindness.

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    Amelia 06-22-15
    Amelia 06-22-15
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    "Brilliant"

    What an amazing story! At first I wasn't sure if I would really like it, but the ending was fantastic and it had such a great range of ideas and characters. I loved it!

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