The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
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The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Narrator: Allan Corduner

Unabridged: 13 hr 57 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Listening Library

Published: 09/26/2006

Genre: Young Adult Fiction - Historical - Holocaust

Ages: 12 - UP


The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who 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. 

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
“The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times
“Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

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AudiobooksNow review by Debby on 2007-08-25 14:36:50

This book was on my bookclub reading list. At first, I wasn't sure what to think of 'Death' being the story teller. It did not take long to become totally engrossed in the story. The narrator did such an excellent job with all the different character's voices, that I felt I was 'in' the story. This is a poignant story, but has many moments where I found myself laughing. The relationship between Liselle and Rudy Steiner was so well told, that I felt a connection to them. I absolutely loved this story, and I highly recommend this book to anyone. I was sorry that the story ended. Bravo!

AudiobooksNow review by Diane on 2007-08-27 16:34:36

Excellent twist on a familiar subject matter. Highly recommended.

AudiobooksNow review by Lisa the Librarian on 2007-10-02 14:18:54

Nine-year-old Liesel Meminger is sent to a foster family to live in the few years just before the war. She experiences Germany in a common personís way. Her family hides a young Jewish man in the basement. Her best friend Rudy wants a kiss. An amazing book filled with incredible characters, the narrator not being the least of them. The use of metaphor and simile is unbelievably wonderful. This is the best audiobook I've heard so far. Though it has been marketed to the YA market in the US, it is sold in Europe across the ages. Highly enjoyable and appropriate for any listener 14 and up.

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