The Book Thief

Version: Unabridged
Author: Markus Zusak
Narrator: Allan Corduner
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 50 minutes
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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

Reviews (56)


Written by Robert E. on September 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved the book. The narrator was great!

Written by Anonymous on July 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is the most amazing book! It is written flawlessly and the narration adds a whole new feel to the story! I have listened to this countless times and it never gets old! A

Written by Maggie M. on January 30th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thoroughly enjoyed The Book Thief! Also enjoyed the narration very much. Told from an interesting point of view, I found the book to be a well written beautiful story. It is full of color and offers an important perspective on WWII Germany. Would recommend to teens and adults alike. Words have power and the words in this book may just plant a seed of kindness!

Written by Jillian R. on December 5th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was spectacular! I loved every second. The narration is also amazing.


Written by Nadia G. on November 3rd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5


Written by Jason J. on August 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book. I am not a big fan of revisionist history but this is different. It is adding to our understanding of the “enemy” in those days. This book is adolescent at times, even elementary, but that abandonment of conventions is brilliant. A book should be delivered to the reader in a manner that opens there mind without requiring a PhD to catch up.

Written by Klean Jee T. on July 26th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5


Written by Anonymous on April 22nd, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It's an good book but I feel like the narrator isn't very expressive and could get boring at times but is still a good book to listen to.


Written by Jean V on December 1st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this book. It took me a bit to get into ... then I did. Excellent writing! Excellent narration! Terrific story! I felt as if I were there as the story unfolded. A different view of Germany during WWII. Felt emotional at the end. Will "read" again.

Written by Patricia D on November 28th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Just amazing, and so compelling!

Author Details

Author Details

Zusak, Markus

Markus Zusak is the author of "I Am the Messenger," winner of the Children's Book Council Book of the Year in Australia, "Fighting Ruben Wolfe," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and "Getting the Girl," The author lives in Sydney, Australia.

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