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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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    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 05-20-16
    Emrys Alfred, NY, United States 05-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Imaginative writing-sometimes a bit over the top"

    The author of the book thief is clearly talented: imaginative and with literary gifts. Sometimes this shines through: e.g. in the depiction of life in small town Germany during WWII. But sometimes the pudding gets over-egged. Some of the thoughts and utterances of the main character, the young girl, are a bit implausible. The theme of book thieving suggests a deeper significance, but iagain there's an uneasy oscillation between realism and literary contrivance. And the conceit of Death narrating and often foretelling events has the effect of greatly lessening the emotional charge of the story. Still, the central theme--the need to conform and the desire to transgress in a morally contaminated world–is explored intelligently. And the narration of excellent.

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    Kindle Customer 05-15-16
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    "Rough start but I became spellbound."

    I enjoyed the unique approach to this story, once I understood it. I became hooked.

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    desertrose 05-12-16
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    "Great story, great narration!"

    I will write my review the way I like to read reviews - you can read a synopsis elsewhere.

    This is an excellent story, very well written. It is one of those books you hate to walk away from. I stayed up all night to finish it, which I don't often do with books.

    Allan Corduner is excellent as the narrator. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed his performance. He is the perfect match for this book.

    Get it!

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    Sara J. Black 05-07-16 Member Since 2017
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    "beautiful tragically sweet story"

    really happy i gave this book a chance finally. worth the listen! great imagery throughout with interesting perspective.

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    DonnaS 05-07-16
    DonnaS 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A MUST audible purchase!!"

    Truly amazing story. The narrator is perfect! I will listen to this one many times.

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    Monique 05-07-16
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    "Highly enjoyable"

    I find myself turning to young adult books more and more. This one did not disappoint. Easily in my top 10 books list.

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    MelBel 05-05-16
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    "Good book but..."

    The story itself was good, and book was enjoyable. My experience of it was definitely tainted by the reading. About half of this book is dialog, and the narrator choose to adopt some rather hideous, only vaguely German accents in the reading. They were very hard to listen to.

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    Carolina Vasquez 05-05-16
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    "Amazing book"

    I loved this book so much, i cried, i laughed in the same page, just amazing

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    Bruce R. Peterson Utah, USA 05-05-16
    Bruce R. Peterson Utah, USA 05-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Well told story!"

    This one really makes you think about the suffering that took place during that war. Mans inhumanity to man is appalling! The story is very well written and narrated from an interesting new perspective, that of death or some would say "the grim reaper".

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    sybilw 05-02-16
    sybilw 05-02-16
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    "So moving!"

    I'm usually a little disappointed with audible book narrators, but this was so different! The narrator was simply awesome. The story is beautiful and so very moving. Very few books actually bring tears to my eyes, but this one did. Highly recommend.

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