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I Am the Messenger Audiobook

I Am the Messenger

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Publisher's Summary

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Zusak succeeds brilliantly." (Booklist)
"Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere." (School Library Journal)

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 02-16-07
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 02-16-07 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Not as good as the Book Thief"

    Maybe I would have liked this book better had I not just listened to the Book Thief, this author's other book. It was so brilliant, seriously one of the best books I have ever read. The narrator wa s wonderful and the story was ok. but it just didn't grab me like his other book. I didn't care about the characters nearly as much and the book seemed to drag a little.

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    Jenny Mårtensson 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "One of my favorites since I was a kid!"

    I love this book! I've loved it for years and the story gets better with age for sure!
    Kind of funny you can hear the narrator make voices for the characters and then get stuck in that voice and read the next paragraph of text in that speech...
    otherwise it's perfect and I am really tempted to get a dog and name it Doorman

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ant 04-17-17
    Ant 04-17-17
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    "Ending is everything"

    the ending of this book fell short to me, great build-up for a not so great ending.

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    Darlene G Pickup 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Accents make every story better"

    This is a good story. It's not excellent, but it's full of feel good stories and a man that speaks with an excellent Australian accent. I love the authors descriptions of character and scenes and the comedy throughout really helps keep the book alive.

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    Jeanie United States 03-16-17
    Jeanie United States 03-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Easy listen"
    Would you listen to I Am the Messenger again? Why?

    Sure, I enjoyed it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Audrey, so many girls in this world just like her.


    What about Marc Aden Gray’s performance did you like?

    Love his voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not sure it would make a good film.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten 03-15-17
    Kirsten 03-15-17
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    "A classic everyone should have in their collection"

    A story a man forced to live outside his means. He finds that what he is capable of is so much more than he or anyone that's ever known him thought.

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    Amazon Customer 02-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretentious and self-indulgent"

    If you're looking for a quality story, try something else. This book is full of itself. The author spends entirely too much time introducing the same characters over and over again, describing what's going to happen and then having the characters tell you that that's exactly what just happened. The entire story is built around a mystery that is not a mystery. And more than once the author makes you listen to them congratulate themselves on how clever and smart they are, culminating in actually injecting themselves into the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Burcher Williamsburg VA 11-30-16
    Michelle Burcher Williamsburg VA 11-30-16 Member Since 2013

    Mike Burcher, Director, Makemie Woods

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    "If an MC Escher drawing could be a book"

    This would be it. Țruly a work of art, to be enjoyed and savored.

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    Ásta 06-22-16
    Ásta 06-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "nowhere as good as the book thief."

    nowhere as good as the book thief but all right. the tone of the story I. e. the protagonist was slightly dull and we'll not very convincing. it was OK but not great and maybe even hit of a meh too.

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    Stephanie 04-19-16
    Stephanie 04-19-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Marvelous"

    I loved this book from the very beginning when I first read it a few years ago and my sister loved it, too. How can you not? The character development is amazing and writing is fantastic. Now I love the narrative done by Marc Aden Gray. He gives the story new life and you can't help but listen to the very last word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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