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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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    Niles 03-02-16
    Niles 03-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic, enlightening, and well driven."

    A very highly recommended pick-up!! Best book I've had since harry potter! Once you start it I guarantee you wont want to stop.

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    A. M. Polich Denver, CO 02-29-16
    A. M. Polich Denver, CO 02-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic writing"

    Author is extraordinary with words - sentences made me want to weep with appreciation! Great story, if sad. One of my favorite books. Papa reminded me of the altruistic men/women throughout history who made their small corner of the world a blessed place. Few books are this good on so many levels (history, light/dark of humanity, exquisite writing.)

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    Txcrudeman 02-23-16
    Txcrudeman 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A truly amazing and touching story. Sad, though."

    This is a story told like no other. Very moving. For the holocast deniers out there, may you rot in Hell!

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    Howard U. 02-23-16
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    "Content, --supurb. Narration, exceptional!"

    Why did I slowly get sucked into this children's story by a young Australian author? Why did my my gutwrenched emotions get played to sit patiently, chapter after chapter, listening to a powerfully subtle message conveyed by a young girl and her pacifist accordian playing father?
    Simply, because the author is a genius! He read my mind and inserted a story, pictures and everlasting images!

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    Kali 02-21-16
    Kali 02-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"

    This was a great book for both YA and adults. I would highly recommend it. The characters are unforgettable!

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    Lindsey Rowson 02-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Addictive and so well written"

    Every word is carefully chosen. Every sentence is a poem. It's a beautiful story. 100% recommended.

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    Glenda 02-19-16
    Glenda 02-19-16 Member Since 2008
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    "A beautiful tale that I love above all others."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Absolutely. The audio edition by Allan Corduner is a meticulous solo performance. His voices are like leather - smoothly modulated Death, comfortable as Papa, then creaky and full of exhaustion as Max, and always surprisingly light as Liesel. I would listen to this man read a book of statistics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each character has a place in my heart. I listen to this book at least once a year.


    What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

    His amazing command of the emotions and voices of the characters. You always knew which person he was representing and what they were feeling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As the story changed so did my emotions. At the end I sobbed all the way across Massachusetts.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this extraordinary story because as attached as I am to the narrator it is the author who provided this brilliant script and people you will grow attached to.

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    Regina 02-15-16
    Regina 02-15-16
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    "Beautiful story, beautifully performed"

    I would recommend this to anyone. Much enjoyed. Thank you for such a wonderful production.

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    Julianne Roth USA 02-14-16
    Julianne Roth USA 02-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A Beautiful Story"

    Written superbly and narrated with precision, this is a listen I won't soon forget. It is on the top 10 of books I have ever read.

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    cybered27 02-13-16
    cybered27 02-13-16
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    "Absolutely beautiful and heart-wrenching story"

    This was a beautiful and heart-wrenching story. The narration was superb and Corduner drew me into the events in a compelling way. His narration never got in the way of the prose. I would highly recommend this book to adults and older teenagers. It is classified as a YA book, but I strongly disagree. There are scenes that I believe would be frightening to younger readers. However adults and older teenagers should enjoy the story.

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