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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Audiobook

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.
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The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some information about the audiobook, but in this case we think that would spoil the listening. We think it's important that you start to listen without knowing what it is about.

If you do start to listen, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn't a story for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later, you will arrive with Bruno at the fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope that you never have to encounter such a fence.

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

What the Critics Say

"His combination of strong characterization and simple, honest narrative make this powerful and memorable tale a unique addition to Holocaust literature." (School Library Journal

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    Jessica Lynnwood, WA, USA 05-13-09
    Jessica Lynnwood, WA, USA 05-13-09
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    "Much Better than the Movie"

    I was very impressed by "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas". It is an interesting take on a horific event told with such innocence that I cried many times throughout the story. Thank you Audible.com for caring this book!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14
    Joe HOOVER, AL, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Auschwitz: A Boys perspective - Eh...No."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think I would. I didn't much appreciate the characterization of the young Nazi boy. I feel that some things require reverence and fictionalizing a piece of history in such a way that was presented here, in a way, diminishes the truth. I suppose there was some karmic value in the irony of the plot but I think it falls flat considering that fact is much more awful than fiction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Boyne again?

    Yes, I have not discarded Mr. Boyne as an author even if I'm not want to recommend this title.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was just fine and perhaps even provided some added value. The different portrayal of the young boys felt mostly genuine and in the spirit of the novel.


    Could you see The Boy in the Striped Pajamas being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, definitely....it may be already, I'm not sure. I don't know enough stars names to answer the second question.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the story to be compelling and served a good purpose. Bruno never accepted his father's viewpoint that the people in striped pajamas weren't human. In fact, Bruno saw his friend Shmuel as his best human contact in this terrible new home even though he couldn't touch or play with him. And from this perspective, perhaps the character of Bruno had to be so behind-the-curve naive.

    There are some critics who challenge that the story is not honest about the cruel conditions of Nazi concentration camps and I think that is certainly valid. Any descriptions are censored by Bruno's untainted child's mind - a technique that I thought was cute in the first few weeks at Auschwitz but felt needed to be undraped as Bruno who surely have experienced. Bruno was there for over a year with a bedroom 50 feet from the fence where men would fall to the ground suddenly and need soldiers to carry them away. Even so, I don't think the purpose of the book was to bring the audience into Auschwitz, but for the audience to accept that there are fences, however small, that separate us from one another, and are we looking at the people on the other side of the fence with the same humanism that Bruno did with Shmuel? I suppose that's my greatest criticism of this book. The purpose is great, but to use a place like Auschwitz as the vehicle for the message doesn't feel particularly right to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-18-12
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Such a good story...."

    This indeed was such a good story. A great author, great narrator and just a clever way of telling this terribly tragic story, through the eyes of a 9-year-old innocent and naive German.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Markie Ross North Hollywood CA 01-26-08
    Markie Ross North Hollywood CA 01-26-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Yes, wow"

    This is a haunting story, written in a very interesting style that invokes in the listener an appropriate feeling of isolation. It is well worth experiencing. It is flawed, yes, but I found myself forgiving any flaws for the sheer uniqueness of the storytelling as well as the story itself. I would not call it "enjoyable" per se, but I did find myself listening to it every chance I got, it is extremely compelling.
    The narrator does a very good job as well. I completely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Collins 05-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A truly gripping story that everyone should read."

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a truly gripping story that I could not put down. An excellent read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 04-26-16
    Molly 04-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Strangely Addicting"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I disliked the British accent...not sure why but it bothered me.


    Any additional comments?

    Although you could see it coming, the story was interesting. It was a shorter book to begin with, but the time flew by-I though I had only been listening for a half hour and already I was almost at the end! I like the interview with the author at the end, as I felt that it tied some loose ends up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 04-23-16
    Kimberly 04-23-16 Member Since 2013

    Finally doing something productive in my truck! I'm really into the self-help types of books.

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    "So glad I listened!"

    The eighth grade class is reading this in English. After seeing the books all over school, I decided to check it out. I'm so glad I did. What a perspective!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lopez 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good listen."

    A good book about a bad time in our history. Just listen and be transported by the narrators voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Estelle 12-22-15
    Estelle 12-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book from 9 year old POV"

    I knew very little about this book except it was also a movie. Quickly after starting, I could tell it was a holocaust story from the tone of the reader. It began a bit slow but quickly captured me as I traveled through Bruno's experiences moving to Germany where his father relocated his family to work at the concentration camps.

    I love how the author does not tell you so much, you have to have some understanding of WW2 Germany. The Name Hitler was used once. A younger person who reads this may have a lot of questions.

    I didn't see this as a young adult book. When I read reviews, I learned that this book was used in schools and under the YA section.

    The only complaint I have is about the editing of the audio. Many times, the reader was clipped at the very end of his sentence. The editing was so tight that this brought me out of the story each disjointed time the reader was edited before he was done with his words completely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Edwards 11-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The innocence of a boy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook because of the beautiful narrative and the lilting reading which cradles you, rocks you in that childhood innocence; leads you, guides you to the ending you've always known was there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the careful, seamless introspection Bruno had. His way of questioning and answering as a nine year old child.


    What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He so captures and draws you along. He's reading is one of the finest of any audio book I've experienced. I would not think to recommend anyone read this to themselves on first approach, but save that for a re-reading.


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

    I took this book into the car with me and ran errands. Sometimes sitting in front of a store I would wait for the chapter to end. I did pause on chapter 19 as I knew what must be coming and wanted to put it off just a little while longer.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the author talk at the end. Knowing now that The Boy in the Stripe Pajamas is also published as a children's book has made me want to read this to my grandchildren in a few years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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