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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

Critiques

"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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Very good story and reader

Very good narrator!
The story is poetic and moving, and also very entertaining.
I listen to audio books while driving and this was a good audio book. I even cried in the end :)

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  • Robert
  • 20/08/2011

Glad I took a chance.

I had my doubts about reading this book. I have a hard time with books about WWII Germany. I knew this would probably be a heartbreaker too but for some reason I decided to take it on. Maybe because the book was about books, and I usually like that genre; maybe because the reviews were so good; certainly not because I read it was appropriate for "sophisticated teens and adults." For whatever reason, I am glad I selected The Book Thief. It was incredibly well-written. The characters completely came to life. While there certainly was heart-brake, the heart-warming more than made up for it. This is a book for all ages. The narrator was outstanding and all and all, it was a book I will not soon forget.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19/04/2012

Word Thief

I don’t know if I can compose something that accurately conveys my thoughts about this novel. I don't think there are accurate words.

Ultimately I thought this book was an emotional experience. I was moved at different points to tears---and yet I was comforted. And I saw life and more importantly death a little bit differently when the book was done.

Allan Corduner’s performance was nothing short of impressive---and I can not imagine experiencing this book without his voice. I think he elevated an already superb story…

This is nothing short of brilliant!

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  • Tabitha
  • 21/07/2012

Wow! Just Wow!

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Honestly, I didn't want to read this book. Nazi Germany has never been a subject of great interest to me. However, It had been sitting around in my Audible app for about 6 months, and I'd listened to all of my other audiobooks, so I figured now was as good of a time as any to give it a shot.

Let me just say that The Book Thief broke my heart. It really did. The writing was beautiful and brilliant. Not long after starting it, I found myself absorbed by the story. I couldn't stop thinking about Liesel Meminger. I think the moment I knew I was going to love this book was when she described her new papa's eyes. Their relationship was by far my favorite aspect of the book.

The author actually gives the ending away before he describes the events leading up to it. At first, I thought that this was going to bother me, but It's just made the book more powerful. This book made me FEEL so much. I felt it when Liesel was scared, ecstatically happy, unbelievably sad, blazingly angry, and I felt it when she loved fiercely. It was definitely her love that broke my heart. I cried for the last 20 minutes of the audiobook. I'd fought tears a few times throughout the book, but there was no stopping them by the end. This was such a touching book that I would definitely recommend. (Also, I'm glad I listened to this book rather than read it because I wouldn't have known how to pronounce many of the words.)

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  • Sandra
  • 17/04/2010

Will steal you!

Brilliant. Compelling. Categorized as "Young Adult" but perhaps more because the female protagonist is a child, this story will break your heart on one page and on the next give you comfort. You can't help but care about the characters.

The narrator, Allan Corduner, is truly amazing as he brings life to Death, the book's narrator. I took great pleasure in how his voice messaged the words and images. I've read reviews from those who read the written words and they all complain that it was slow getting into the story, but not true with Allan Corduner giving voice to Death.

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  • T. Oakley
  • 07/06/2010

Allan Corduner

I am not reviewing the book. If you want to know about that, read the reviews on Amazon, or Goodreads. I am writing about Allan Corduner. This was like listening to a Broadway play; amazing. Allan Corduner brought to life this poignant story. I could never have felt such joy and pain having read this myself. Oh, my heart still breaks when Liesel says "Papa!"

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  • 03/05/2008

The Book Thief

I have been listening to Audiobooks for approximately 4 years, and this is only the second time that I have felt compelled to write a review. I don't think that I have ever been so touched by a story, nor will I ever forget this book or it's characters. The tale is heartbreaking, but at the same time hopeful for the human spirit, as "Death" (the storyteller) can attest to throughout the telling of the story of Liesel, the main character. She is but one of many (thousands, acutually) that, together, make this a story that will leave an imprint on your heart. I know it will stay with me forever. Don't pass this one up!

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  • Janice
  • 01/04/2012

"I am haunted by humans"

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The final words of the book, spoken by Death who has been the storyteller, sums up my feelings about this reading experience. The story is so much about the power of words, and the author uses his words so eloquently, visually descriptive in their ability to evoke sensory understanding of the characters' experiences. But beyond the words, the true story is about the souls of the characters - both good and bad. The very best is of course Hans, the father whose kindness, generosity and deep understanding of what is right becomes the guiding star to the devestated orphan who comes to his home. Liesel's life is saved and formed through his influence and she becomes extraordinary as a result. Rosa, Rudy and the others living in this wartorn village become our literary neighbors. I will be haunted by these humans for some time to come.

A comment - other reviewers have stated their inability to get into the story. It took 3 tries for me to get past the beginning also. The prologue is confusing and the writing style unique, requiring some patience and concentration. Please don't give up. By the first hour when the Storyteller begins the real narrative, you will understand and begin a transforming journey. The narrator is superb, bringing all of these characters to life.

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  • Kathy
  • 06/11/2008

A must read

The Book Thief is a beautifully narrated and superbly told novel. It is impossible not to be drawn into the story and feel like you are living on the streets of Munich during World War II. My only complaint is that this book is listed in the Audible Kids category, where I believe it truly does not belong. Like To Kill a Mockingbird, the main characters are children, but the subject is mature. Few children under high school age will appreciate this book.

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  • Angie
  • 06/01/2007

Amazing

I can't say enough good things about this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read/listened to. So true and so sad and heart warming, bitter sweet. It will break your heart, I promise.I made the mistake of listening to the end at a restaurant while eating lunch one day at work and cried my eyes out in public over my philly cheese steak. It is about love and hope and family and friendship and loss and the power of words and books. It is beautiful and everyone should listen to it.

The narrator is positively brillant as well. He does the German accents and the characters of both male and female young and old superbly. I can't wait to hear more from him.

Listen to it, really.

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  • JOHN
  • 27/01/2008

A Pleasure

For potential listeners this book is a very easy listen that will move along quickly. It has a smooth and gentle rhythm narrated by the nameless character who identifies himself as someone everyone will meet at the last moment of life, i.e. Death. He is very tired and overworked gathering up souls during World War II. He travels nearly invisibly amidst the carnage and is able to offer a unbiased perspective of the people he observes. Nobody is untouched by his presence and a few get to look him in the face before their time. Most resist him, many welcome him to deliver them from suffering.

Death makes a visit to the family of the main character, Liesel, where he comes to observe this special young German girl, her foster parents, her friends and foes. Among the cast of characters in this story is a young Jewish man, Max, who is hidden by Liesel’s foster parents. Obviously this is a very risky venture inside 1940’s Nazi Germany.

Without repeating too much of what other reviewers have correctly written, I must say that this story has a very warm human quality. It offers an insider’s view to the rise of Hitler and Nazism, and is not unsympathetic to the German people who want only to scratch out an existence for their families. They are powerless observers to the explosion of fanatical hatred, with the Jews made as scapegoats for every imagined problem. Their families are decimated as their fathers and sons are unwillingly taken away to fight for this insane Fuhrer.

Still, inside of this war-torn country, simple people try to survive. Children play and their parents struggle to feed and nurture them. They witness the terrible persecution of the Jews, and most all of the citizens are too terrified to offer comfort or sympathy of any kind. Those who do succumb to their natural instincts of humane compassion are dealt with severely.

A wonderful read, full of triumph and tragedy charmingly told.

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  • Normen Behr
  • 18/04/2011

Sollte geLESEN werden

Als ich dieses Buch das erste Mal gelesen habe, wurde es für mich sofort zu einem der besten Romane aller Zeiten - und sobald ich es auf audible entdeckte, fragte ich mich, wie man dieses Buch, das bei seinem absolut einmaligen Schreibstil einen Teil seines Reizes aus den visuellen Möglichkeiten des Drucks schöpft, bitte schön in diesem Medium umsetzen soll. Der Leser kann sich immer wieder auf eine neue Überraschung im Text freuen, seien es speziell eingerahmte Zitate, Zeichnungen oder Handlungsabschnitte, die plötzlich in Comic-Form erzählt werden. Kann man das Buch auch genießen, wenn es "nur" vorgelesen wird? Irgendwann wurde die Neugierde zu groß und ich gab dieser Version eine Chance.
Das Ergebnis ist so ernüchternd wie logisch zugleich: Ja, man kann es genießen, aber nein, den Reiz der Druckversion kann das Buch nicht erreichen - wie viel diese spezielle Erzählweise ausmacht, wird im Gegenteil erst durch das Hörbuch klar.
Fazit: Die zeitlose Geschichte eines Mädchens, das die Schrecken des zweiten Weltkriegs nur durch ihre Liebe zur Literatur übersteht, ist unvergleichlich - doch dieses Buch sollte eher gelesen als gehört werden.

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  • Tedesca
  • 02/06/2010

Berührend, tragisch, komisch - einfach toll!

"Let's go, Saukerl! What do you bet, you little Saumensch? She schmunzelled. They returned to Frau Diller's, Heil Hitlered and waited." Wenn man kann, sollte man "Die Bücherdieben" - "The Book Thief" unbedingt auf Englisch hören, denn gerade dieses Einfließenlassen der deutschen Sprache macht den besonderen Witz der Dialoge und Beschreibungen aus.
Erzählt wird die Geschichte der kleinen Liesel Memminger, die in einem Vorort vor München mit den Gräueln des Zweiten Weltkrieges konfrontiert wird. Erzähler ist der Tod höchstpersönlich, der sich einen gewissen Sarkasmus oft nicht verkneiffen kann. Wer könnte es ihm auch verübeln? Doch herzlos ist er nicht, der Sensenmann, ganz im Gegenteil. Er verfolgt die Geschichte dieses Kindes, das immer wieder seinen Weg kreuzt mit viel Anteilnahme für sie und ihre Lieben. Der ruppigen Rosa Hubermann, dem sanftmütigen Papa Hans, ihrem besten Freund Rudi, der verstörten Bürgermeistersfrau und dem geflohenen Juden Max.
Jahrelang verstecken die Hubermanns Max in ihrem Keller, jahrelang beobachten die Bürger von Molching den Marsch der Judenkolonnen durch ihren Ort in Richtung Dachau.
Zusak erzählt eine leise Geschichte, wie sie zu dieser Zeit wohl tausendfach geschehen ist. Was dieses Buch so besonders macht, ist der Stil, in dem es geschrieben ist. Dramatisch, komisch, tragisch - wie das Leben selbst. Für mich persönlich sicher unter den Top 5 dieses Jahres.
Ein besonderes Lob gebührt auch noch Allan Corduner, der ein faszinierendes Buch zu einem unvergesslichen Hörerlebnis macht!

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  • manichbr
  • 20/11/2009

Saugut! - Excellent

Before purchasing this book, I read the reviews from other readers and decided to buy it also, even though I was somewhat weary of ending up with one more German-bashing, Israel-subsequious story, reminding the reader that Jews were persecuted in WWII.
While I am in no sense of the term antisemitic, I am more than tired of listening to the same story told in myriad ways.
I am so happy that I actually bought and listened to the book, as it was a very touching story told from a (more or less) contemporary point of view, plastic characters, a sad and joyful story about love, innocence, the most demonic and angelic aspects of mankind. At first I was disconcerted, when I heard 'Audible kids'... however this is much, much more than I would ever expect from a childrens' story. Definitely a book for all ages!
My warmest recommendations for this beautiful book!

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  • karin
  • 14/04/2011

Wunderbares Hörbuch

The Book Thief ist ein wunderbares Hörbuch das mich teilweise zu Tränen gerührt hat.Der Sprecher hat ein unglaubliches Talent die verschiedenen Personen darzustellen.Ich habe das Buch in deutscher Sprache gelesen und das hat mich schon sehr beeindruckt aber das englische Hörbuch finde ich noch etwas besser.Es wird bestimmt nicht bei einem Mal bleiben das ich dieses Hörbuch angehört habe.
Wenn es möglich gewesen wäre hätte ich gerne mehr Sterne vergeben.

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  • Thomas L
  • 14/03/2010

a real pleasure to hear

An excellent book with a touching story on the background of Nazi German. Great reader; a real trained voice, acting as the devil and surely will let you shivering or at least have some afterthoughts after having finished this book.

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  • matraque
  • 06/08/2009

Der Tod und das Mädchen

In diesem Buch treten auf:
Der Tod als Erzähler
Freundschaft
Zivilcourage
Menschlichkeit
"Saumenschen"
Bücher
Bomben
das dritte Reich

Dieses beeindruckende Buch folgt vorallem dem Drahtseilakt des Lebens und des Alltags von Menschen die nicht vom dritten Reich vereinamt sind, aber auch nicht zum Widerstand im Untergrund gehören. Es zeigt was es bedeutet, in dieser Zeit aufzuwachsen, einen Juden im Keller versteckt zu haben und trotzallem auch seinen Spaß zu haben.
Sprachlich und stilistisch einmalig auf seinem Gebiet lohnt es sich auch für deutsche Leser/Hörer sich dieses Werk im englischen Original anzuhören oder selbst zu lesen. So wirken beispielsweise die vereinzelten deutschen/bayrischen Begriffe viel stärker.
Wie immer wenn er liest, bietet Allan Corduner eine brilliante Vorstellung und trifft sowohl die fröhlichen, wie auch die traurigen Szenen mit der jeweils perfekten Stimme.

Fazit: 5 Sterne sind zu wenig für dieses Meisterwerk für Jugendliche und Erwachsene, welches auf eindringliche und unterhaltsame Weise das Leben im zweiten Weltkrieg bei München beschreibt.

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  • Ariel Chajim Kern
  • 04/02/2009

Printz Award prize winner!

No wonder it was (as of November 2008) on the New York Times Children's Best Seller list for over 60 weeks.While including a lot of imagery the book also astonishes by it's textural simplicity.Man (Papa Hubermann) on the one side and (Nazi) society on the other side. The reader is simply compelled to love the protagonist girl (Liesel) who grows up in the most difficult circumstances possible. Although a "book thief" she shows what "Menschsein" really means. She sets an example how we all should be ...

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  • Sandra Zielinger
  • 15/09/2008

Fantastic

I read about this book and I decided to get it in English instead of German, my mother tongue. It could not have been better. I enjoyed it so much. The English version uses German words so well it is great. The story is touching and sad, and yet I have not read or heard such a good story about what the Nazi regim was about! We all know about the holocaust and yet this book bought really close up. The way that people were treated that were not part of the NSDAP, 'normal' people that just felt they did not want to join. Words fail me to describe how touched I was.
Again - Fantastic!!!

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  • Mi
  • 03/10/2018

great and heart-breaking novel!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook a lot. The final chapters are very hard to take, especially knowing how similar and worse things are done to humans by humans. Still the author shows how beauty and good is found in the most desparate moments. heartbreaking, and very good speaker also.

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  • Thorsten Hennig-Thurau
  • 17/03/2018

Ein Wort reicht: Meisterwerk. Aber sowas von.

Gradioses Stück Literaturgeschichte. Dramatisch, glücklich, tragisch, entsetzlich, fantastisch. Eines der besten und zugleich wichtigsten Bücher, das ich je gelesen/gehört habe. Und die englische Hörbuch Fassung setzt dem Buch die Krone auf -- Corduner liest mit allen Stimmen und Charakteren, ohne aus dem Hörbuch ein Hörspiel zu machen. Da ist ganz viel Empathie, ohne irgendwie und jemals die Grenze zur Gefühligkeit zu überschreiten. Absolute Empfehlung, für alle und jeden.