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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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    Marlene 01-17-16
    Marlene 01-17-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Love, love, love! !!"

    I can't imagine a better voice to tell this incredibly beautiful, yet tragic story. It happens to be the book I listened to and now I am hooked. The telling of this story I have recommended even to friends that have already read the book on their own, because it is performed so perfectly.

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    stefani 01-10-16
    stefani 01-10-16 Member Since 2015

    I love well written, artfully narrated stories. The human condition where people endure the unendurable & find redemption or transformation.

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    "This is a must read, great narration."

    What an amazing book. Narrated by Death about a young German girls life. Haunting and beautiful which is how Death describes humans.

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    Keith D. Briggs 01-07-16
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    "Heart wrenching novel, great story telling and narration"

    The Book Thief tells a story, not often heard, of the non-Jewish Germans victimized by Hitler's reign. Zusak sweeps you up as Death follows the life of a young German girl as her life is devastated time and again by the actions of Hitler. Why does Death care to share this story? Give a listen and hear the narrator share this heart wrenching but hopeful story of strength and love in a terrible time in our history.

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    Amazon Customer 01-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for young children"

    I think this is an amazing book. It is extremely touching, and it is told from a very unique perspective! I do think it is not for children, although I think it's meant to be that way.

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    Aleyah 01-04-16
    Aleyah 01-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing! Crying like a child."

    This audio book immersed me into the story of the book thief. The audio narrator dynamically performed each role so well, I felt like I knew each character! Amazing, I will definitely listen again!!

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    Tatianna 12-31-15
    Tatianna 12-31-15
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    "Must read"

    This book is one of my favs . I have read it many times before , but never on audio book. It was great. I could really see what was going on . I recommend this book to anyone :)

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    David 12-31-15
    David 12-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful"

    This is a beautiful and moving book that examines both the beauty and brutality of humanity through the lens of a young girl in WWII Germany.

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    brandie 12-15-15
    brandie 12-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely Stunning"

    Everything about this book is beautiful and amazing and I couldn't, ugh, I still can't. The narrator was brilliant, thank you so much for this. Really.

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    Deide 12-03-15
    Deide 12-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Caught up and taken away."
    If you could sum up The Book Thief in three words, what would they be?

    Harsh touching soft.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrarators identity and his point of view.


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

    There are many points at which I cried, but the book is not all sad there are many spaces of interest, tenderness, and delight. I don't want to be a spoiler. I love the way this book was written. I enjoyed Allan's performance of the book as well.


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    Ann A Valencia, PA, US 11-27-15
    Ann A Valencia, PA, US 11-27-15 Member Since 2014

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    "moving and rhythm"

    Audio enhanced by reader' s accent...Really enjoyed!! The characters so true & believable they came to life.

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