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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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    Terry United States 06-18-10
    Terry United States 06-18-10 Member Since 2014
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    "An easy listen"

    I enjoyed this book but not as much as The Book Thief by Zusak. The book became very predictable. I would not waste a credit on this one unless you can't find anything else to listen too.

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    Amazon Customer 01-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Ace!"

    I first downloaded and listened to this book in 2006. I have listened to this book at least 3 times and love it more each time. The premise of this book is simple, but you will need to dig a little deeper to get at the message.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mullen Waukesha, WI 02-10-07
    Paul Mullen Waukesha, WI 02-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointingly Simple"

    This story has a very straightforward plot line. It is about the coming of age of a young man who is coming of age way too late. The main character reaches conclusions through simple intuition that is never explained.

    Though there is an underlying message about being nice to each other, the conclusion in the final pages is simply that the author of the book is the one who made all the decisions about what would happen to the characters. Well, duh!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 11-28-09
    Elisa Hong Kong, Hong Kong 11-28-09 Member Since 2007

    I'll give everything a try

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    "The Message"

    This book is funny and holds the reader once you start reading. I think this book is way better than The Book Thief. The massages Ed received were all unexpected and each has a wonderful massage from helping a strange family to helping his friends. But the greatest thing about this whole story is the big massage, the final massage to Ed. I think everyone should read this book because somehow, no matter how different we are, I think we could all relate to Ed. I think we all fell like we couldn't do something, but I guess the massage of this book is that we can all do more than we think we can if we can only find the courage.

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    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 12-07-10
    Robert SOUTH PASADENA, CA, United States 12-07-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Hated this book, Loved "The Book Thief""

    WARNING: Zusak's other book, "The Book Thief" is one of the finest books I've ever listened to. So I figured, "This is also by him, it must be pretty good!". NO! ... It isn't at all good. A big "who cares?" story about a dumb 19 year old kid who delivers important "messages about life" ... It's fatuous. Some might like it ... But it does not hold a candle to "BOOK THIEF" ... Not even close.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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