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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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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 01-02-12
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Initially engaging, but ultimately not satisfying"

    What I liked about this book: well written, faced paced, engaging characters - excellent narration that makes the main character believable. What I didn't like so much: implausible story, unsatisfying ending, overly sappy ending. Know what you are getting into. This is fun and engaging if you don't expect too much.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tony B 05-14-07
    Tony B 05-14-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Clever read"

    I had previously listened to "The Book Thief", which I found relavent to my life experience. "I Am the Messenger", started off a little slow and I was prepared to be disappointed. However, I stuck with it and I am glad I did. At the end Zusak does a marvelous job of pulling the whole thing together to offer a powerful message that we "average" people can benefit from knowing. I will recommend this book to many of my friends who enjoy a relatively profound and exceptionally clever read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephania Norman, OK, United States 12-28-12
    Stephania Norman, OK, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome book and great reader!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and have already done so. It is a great storyline and I loved the narration by Gray. He had a way of making me believe Ed was right in my ears.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the Doorman in it. I love dogs, and this one was particularly fun to imagine talking back to Ed


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

    The moments Ed had with the older lady were very touching...reminded the listener how human Ed was...reminded you he was a good guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this one. Well worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 04-23-12
    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "brillant narration"

    I'm sure this book has some underlaying message, but I'm not sure what it is. In spite of that, it is interesting and entertaining. Marc Aden Gray's narration is so good he made me care more for the character than I would have if I'd read it myself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Cranford, NJ, United States 03-15-11
    Amy Cranford, NJ, United States 03-15-11 Member Since 2010

    fwoggygirl

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    "Sweet and Hilarious"

    I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book out for my Goodreads YA Book Club Spring Challenge, but as I started listening to it on a drive down to Arlington, VA, I knew it was not what I was expecting at all. I don't think anyone expects this book. That's part of what's so great about it. The downside is, I'm not sure how to describe it. Ed Kennedy, an Australian cab driver who admits to being bad at sex and doing his taxes within the first few pages, is having a midlife crisis and he's only 19. He's hopelessly in love with his friend, Audrey, and perplexed by his other friends, and his tense relationship with his foul-mouthed mother. After he unexpectedly thwarts a bank robbery, his life becomes even more confusing courtesy of mysterious playing cards he receives in the mail. Each card prompts him to come to the aid of someone else who needs support in a difficult time, and with each person he helps, Ed begins to make sense of his own life and constructs some meaning for himself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Baltimore, MD, United States 12-16-10
    William Baltimore, MD, United States 12-16-10
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    "Superior Reader and Excellent Story"

    I honestly can't decide which impressed me more, this or The Book Thief. Truly an entertaining story.

    The voice of the reader is an excellent addition as well. There are a lot of great books that don't measure up in audio form because the reader doesn't capture the heart of the character. This is not one of those. Thoroughly impressive from start to finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Miroslaw LodzPoland 03-24-09
    Miroslaw LodzPoland 03-24-09 Member Since 2005
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    "I Am Not The Messenger - I Am The Message"

    Another great book by Marcus Zusak. Another amazing experience of the prose close to poetry. However, unlike in The Book Thief, the poetry of the prose is not standing out so strongly. We hear the sound of Australian suburbs and their lingo instead.

    The story is about Ed Kennedy, a 19-year-old cab driver who lives alone with a strange old dog Dorman - a true canine coffee addict! Ed has not much ambition to do anything else with his life, besides driving taxi and playing cards with his three friends. His mother despises him, and after his father died a year before - he does not have any goal in life.

    Until something happens - something totally out of blue - and he gets a series of messages to deliver, acts to perform, deeds to do. I will not tell too much - I do not want to spoil it for you.

    To the very end of the story Ed doesn't understand the meaning or the purpose of the messages he was chosen to deliver. But the whole process marks a first serious awakening in his life. As the story evolves, he goes out of simplicity and flat commonness and his life gets a meaning – he does things that truly make difference.

    This is a book about love, hate, solitude and friendship and about difficult family relations, about pathetic life in today's poor suburbs of our cities, and finally - about hope to get out of the "epidemy of ordinariness" and patheticness of our daily life.

    And it is told without any bombastic preaching of "greatness"...

    "Maybe everyone can, maybe everyone can live beyond what they capable off"

    sopekmir

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    julie Toms River, NJ, United States 04-23-14
    julie Toms River, NJ, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE"

    I loved loved this book. After only reading the Book Thief by Zusak, I wasn't sure what to expect, as is sometimes the way when you fall in love with one title from an author, then to be a bit disappointed by another. Not the case here. I loved the story, the journey, the message. Funny, inspiring, endearing, I will definitely go back to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 02-16-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 02-16-07 Member Since 2005

    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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Edwards, CO, United States 01-22-07
    Kathy Edwards, CO, United States 01-22-07 Member Since 2005
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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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