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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Audiobook

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    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 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-31-14
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-31-14 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Everyone must read this book!"

    This is one of those books you can't stop listening to until you are finished. It is powerful and heartbreaking and scary. There is layer after layer of meaning in this story, enough to keep a good book club going for a year at least. It is one I will be thinking about for a long time to come. At first I thought it was going to be a children's book, but it was soon evident that it wasn't the case. Yet, I'm not sure it is an adult book either. I guess it is just a book, a very profound and powerful book. It deals with concentration camps during WWII through the eyes of a 9 year-old German boy who lived just outside the camp fence. It is a very interesting point of view and a real eye-opener! Luckily it is a relatively short book so you can finish it in one or two sittings. Otherwise your life will have to go on hold until you finish it. Can't stop thinking about it.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-24-16
    Alicia SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 09-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A different perspective"
    Where does The Boy in the Striped Pajamas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle of the pack


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author told the story that we have heard or read many times but with a different angle for that I felt it was refreshing and original.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Maloney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    there is one already with the same title as the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremiah Davis Newberg, OR USA 09-03-16
    Jeremiah Davis Newberg, OR USA 09-03-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Great book"

    This was a great book with a great message. we listened to this as a family in the car. It lead to some serious discussions with our kids.

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    Imani Ross 08-17-16
    Imani Ross 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very sad so far"

    I think that brunos parents and sister is going to leave him at the new "house"

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    Jack 07-27-16
    Jack 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book is Great "

    The story is really good, it's moving and sad and wonderful. Also the reader does an excellent job.

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    Christine 07-12-16
    Christine 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meaningful"

    Meaningful story in many ways! Easy to listen to. Narrator was great with lots of emotion. Listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    La4355 06-06-16
    La4355 06-06-16 Member Since 2016

    Time for me is the biggest commodity and I'm very stingy with it. I love the fact that I don't have to sit still to read a book.

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    "Read very well, truly like a child."
    What did you love best about The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

    I don't know why I like to read books about the holocaust. So many stories to be told about it I guess. This one is interesting although not a factual book, but still something to think about. It could very well have happened...


    If you’ve listened to books by John Boyne before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by John Boyne.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Maloney’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The reading performance was excellent!


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

    I don't listen to books in one sitting, no matter how short they are.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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