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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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    JDKru Chico, CA 06-22-16
    JDKru Chico, CA 06-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    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

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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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    CoffeeCrazy North Carolina, USA 06-14-16
    CoffeeCrazy North Carolina, USA 06-14-16
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    "Hauntingly Amazing"

    Loved every moment of this book. I had already read the book, to listen from this narrator was like living it. So well done.

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    Jack 06-04-16
    Jack 06-04-16
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    "If you want to cry read this book"

    This book is awesome and beautiful. The story is great, the author develops the characters really well, the ending killed me, prepare to cry.

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    Jacquelyn Adams 06-03-16
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    "Enduring resilience"

    What a story of resilience, death, & relationships. Seeing WW2 through these words shifted my perspective. We all do the best we can.

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    "worth every second."

    this will be a book to repeat. so good, so deep, so passionate. I loved it.

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    Laura 05-30-16
    Laura 05-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully Written, Beautiful Story"

    The story was very well told, with lots of scene setting and descriptors. Very literary, and very satisfying. The story itself was deep and moving. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Only downside was the narrator didn't do a perfect job distinguishing voices, but that didn't take away from the story for me. And overall the narration was very good and sincere.

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    Cristina Anzar Californian 05-27-16
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    "Breathtaking!!"

    The narrating was flawless and the story both sad and beautiful at the same time.

    The way the author expresses words is fascinating!

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    Mason 05-26-16
    Mason 05-26-16
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    "loved it, couldn't put it down."

    Great book, great narrator, very descriptive as told by the handover man. portrays the struggles encountered of a young girl growing up in WWII Germany.

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    April 05-24-16
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    great story just long winded. I lost interest many times then I was brought back for a few minutes then lost again....

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