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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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    webwriterone 03-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    Beautiful words. Beautiful story. I was there. That's the greatest complement a reader can give to an author. Oh that there were more line this one

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    Beautifully written and very well narrated. You become a part of the story laughing with their joys and crying with their heartaches. You won't be disappointed.

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    The narrator was awesome. The story was riveting and took you on a roller coaster of emotions.

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    mark harris 03-15-15
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    "Outstanding book"

    Best book I've read this year. The movie didn't do it justice. This is one of those books that you wish you could make everyone read.

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    Janet L Rosenthal 03-15-15
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    "The book their reveiw"

    It's was a really amazing book!! Even though it made me cry at some parts, it's was beautiful!! I loved it. This review is by Layla

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    Corneliu Firan 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing narrator, great story"
    Where does The Book Thief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've listen too so far. The narrator does an amazing job. Just listening to the prologue I had goosebumps.


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    Chrissi Germany 03-11-15
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    "The audio was better than the book read in my head"

    I've been trying to get into this book for months, reading it. I had to keep starting over mostly because I didn't have time to sit and read. Once I started the audio, read by the most perfect reader, I was pulled right in. His accent, his caring voice. Brilliant. And since I could listen while I drove, cooked, cleaned I had plenty of time.

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    teamBoo 03-11-15
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    "loved this story"

    Excellent story of humanity. However, this is maybe the first time ever I liked the movie more than the book. I didn't like how the narrator (death) jumped around and gave things away.

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    Jenn 03-10-15
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    "Loved it!"

    The narrator was perfectly suited for the part! Loved it! Am hoping the movie will be as good!

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    Janelle H. 03-08-15
    Janelle H. 03-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart wrenching and beautifully written"

    Death as the narrator gave a unique perspective. The German citizens perspective of the holocaust is not one I've read as much about. The narration created a relationship between the reader and the characters. It made you love them.

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