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The Book Thief Audiobook

The Book Thief

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - One of the best examples of young adult literature that adults will love (as well as more mature teens), The Book Thief alternates between heartwarming and heartbreaking, always packing an emotional punch with each of Markus Zusak’s carefully chosen words – as brilliantly conveyed by Allan Corduner, who takes on Death, and so much more, in this novel set in Nazi Germany. —Diana D.

Publisher's Summary

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids - as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Children's Literature, 2007

"The astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers." (Booklist)
"Zusak has created a work that deserves the attention of sophisticated teen and adult readers....An extraordinary narrative." (School Library Journal)
"The Book Thief will appeal both to sophisticated teens and adults with its engaging characters and heartbreaking story." (Bookmarks Magazine)

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    "I love this book!"

    I love this book! Also this narrator was prefect for this book. This is the fourth time I've read and/or listened to it.

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    AmandaB 07-06-16
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    This book is very captivating! Kept me coming back for me. Very interesting spin having the grim reaper tell the story. Performance was great!

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    "Fantastic book and narrator!"

    This was such a wonderful story. I found myself there along with the characters. And the narrator was absolutely fantastic. I would catch myself giggling at so many comments the characters would say. He was perfect for this book and my first as well.

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    J. Fiorini Charleston, SC United States 07-01-16
    J. Fiorini Charleston, SC United States 07-01-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent book and excellent performance."

    I loved this book. I often worry that listening to a book instead of reading it myself might detract from the author's work or lessen my appreciation for the book. In this case, I believe the excellent performance enhanced my experience of the story. Have recommended it to bibliophiles.

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    "Superbly-narrated, Captivating!"

    I adored not only the story told in The Book Thief, but also the skillful narration. I was amazed at the fluidity of his movement between English and German, between old and young, and between poetic prose and structured writing.
    The one recommendation that I would include for this book is to purchase the Kindle book as well. I loved actually seeing the written structure of this book while I listened. The architecture of the words is a story unto itself. The structure and skeleton of the body of writing is important to follow because it says a lot about the writer's intention on how we perceive the story.
    If you're on the fence on whether or not to purchase this book, just do it! You will not be disappointed.

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    "great story to remind us how valuable words are"

    loved to story and the way the book was written from deaths point of view

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    "I Listened to this book at the wrong time"

    I listened to this book while on a business trip and there are so many emotional moments in the book that it swayed me in my work life.

    it's a fresh and interesting perspective of the Holocaust and I think it is a read worth looking into if that subject matter interests you.

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    "Read it. Listen to it. Experience it."

    Honestly I'm very near speechless. Such a beautiful story, yet such a horrific one. Filled with love, happiness, and hope... And hatred, sadness, and despair.

    I can't believe I haven't read (or listened to it) sooner. Amazing.

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    JDKru Chico, CA 06-22-16
    JDKru Chico, CA 06-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Must read!"

    The aesthetic styling of this book along with the flow move this book from charming to a classic.

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    Da Mama Windsor, CA, US 06-20-16
    Da Mama Windsor, CA, US 06-20-16 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Reading and listening."

    I'll never forget reading and then listening to The Book Thief. Reading the book was great, but the narration and accordion made it unforgettable. Well done!

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