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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Beautiful, just beautiful.

The key to a good audio book is the narrator's voice. His or her story-telling skills can make or break the reader's experience.
In this case, the story was beautiful and the narrator's voice grabbed you from start to finish.

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great book

I absolutely love the narration would highly recommend this book and any others by the same narrator I definitely will

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This book is wonderful.

This is an amazing story, beautifully written, and one of my favorite books. It is inspired me to write, and love writing. This author develops each character perfectly, and I've grown to love each one.

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One of the best books I have ever read

I could read this book several times, and each time love it just as much. I "love and hate it's words"

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hauntingly beautiful

This story began very strangely, and I thought I might not make it through. But I am so glad I stuck with it. It is such a hauntingly beautiful and sad story and told in such a unique way, I think I shall never encounter something like it again, and certainly will never forget it.

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Touching

Loved It! The book is more than a story. I simply could not put it down.

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Impressive

The person that they hired to read, his voice was so perfect for the role and soothing. He delivered everything well with what was needed of him from the context of the story. The story you just have to read yourself to see how great it is!

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Life goes on

The telling of this story through the voice of death intrigued me right to the end. The humanity in each character was touching. It was living with war, a child shaped beyond her years...

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The reason I subscribe to Audible

What a story, a completely different view of World War II from a truly unexpected perspective. Told by one of the best narrators I have had the pleasure to experience.

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People...you MUST listen!!!

Listened twice back to back...Amazing narration....Amazing story. I laughed...I cried. Puts a totally different and oddly comforting face on death.