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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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    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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    AustinSails USA 11-24-15
    AustinSails USA 11-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Thunderstruck by this lovely, heartbreaking tale."
    Would you listen to The Book Thief again? Why?

    Yes, I will certainly listen again. The story, characters, and audio narration are flawless. This is why I love fiction. This is why I love audio books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    The scene of Rudy painting himself black with charcoal and running laps as his hero 'Jesse Owens' is absolutely fantastic - unforgettable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the whole relationship between Liesel and Papa is beautiful, evolving from strangers to family, fulfilling deep needs in each others lives. Just perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    This is wonderful, poetic prose that never crosses the line from artful to pretentious. Excited to see what Mr. Zusak does with the rest of his career in writing.

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    Amazon Customer 11-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful"

    This book was absolutely breath taking in its narration and story. I will never forget it.

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    La Barber San Juan 11-20-15
    La Barber San Juan 11-20-15
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    Beautiful strory; best narrator, just fantastic. Highly recommended. Sorry I could not give 10 stars.

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    J. Adams Fresno, Ca United States 11-19-15
    J. Adams Fresno, Ca United States 11-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow but steady enjoyment"

    Overall, it wasn't one of the best books I've ever read or listened to, but it was a decent story that kept me entertained.

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    Jessica 11-18-15
    Jessica 11-18-15
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    "A good book with a good narrator"

    I dislike books about WWII, because I dislike being sad. I read this book, because it has come up several times in conversation with different people. This was a fantastic book which came to life with its excellent narration. This book has heart, and the story is weaved well. It is the kind of book that makes you reflect on life, death, and the things in between.

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    Pamela 11-18-15
    Pamela 11-18-15
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    "Devastatingly Well Done"

    I say this book is devastatingly well done, because after I finished reading I felt emotionally wrung out! It is so well written and the characters are so well fleshed out that it makes you ache for them whenever they hurt. Even so, I am still so glad I read it. Sometimes I hesitate to read books that I think will leave me so drained, but this one makes me feel so much richer for having known these characters and their story!
    The narrator Allan Corduner is EXCEPTIONAL at forming each individual character and bringing them distinctly to life! I would give him a 10 star rating if I could!!!
    If after reading the book description and the reviews, you find that you are interested but still undecided as I was....go ahead and read it! It is well worth every minute!

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    Taf 11-11-15
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    "Best book ever!"

    Good god, this book is truly amazing and the performance is unparalleled. I adored it!

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    Mark 11-11-15
    Mark 11-11-15
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    "Wonderful story about a difficult time in history"

    I wasn't sure I would like this book and was pleasantly surprised when I did.
    It's a touching story about a difficult time in history that finds the good in the bad. Narrator was great

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    Melanie Posthuma 11-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Allan Corduner puts in a masterful performance"

    Enjoyed every moment of this book and feel I came away understanding a little more of what it must of been like to live in a Nazi Germany.

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