Written By: Markus Zusak

Narrated By: Allan Corduner

Date: September 2006

Duration: 13 hours 57 minutes


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


  • Anonymous

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Jason J.

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Robert E.

    I loved the book. The narrator was great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Penny S.

    This is the BEST BOOK I ever read/heard. I laughed and I cried. I couldn't put it down.

  • Almerice B.

    Outstanding narration! Alan brought the book to life. Everyone should read/listen to this book.

  • Kristen R.

    It was predictable, but still a good story.

  • Jeff H.

    An absolute MUST READ!

  • Anonymous

    Incredible book, incredible telling. Definitely a classic

  • Amanda C.

    I loved this book from start to finish. It gives a good look at WWII from German’s point of view.

  • Geoffrey Henderson

    Great narrator! I was worried because there were a couple of narrators to choose from so I chose at random, choose this one! His german accent is fantastic and the voices he uses for each character help me identify more with each character, usually I lose who is who pretty easily. The book is also fantastic, incredibly powerful story and well written. The characters feel real and the writing is unique, it pulls you in visually incredibly well.

  • deanne callahan

    Heart breakingly beautiful. Loved every chapter.

  • Patti D.

    Loved loved loved this book! Patti d

  • Kaitlyn J.

    This is hands down my favorite book ever. A side from Harry Potter this is the only book I have a read/ listened to several times over.

  • Anonymous

    Great book loved listening whenever I can.

  • Sharon H.

    Interesting book, I didn’t love it but didn’t dislike it. Certainly kept me interested

  • Beverly G.

    Offers a different perspective on the Germany of the Second World War through the eyes of a young German girl. Definitely worth your time.

  • Maggie M.

    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!

  • Jillian R.

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

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  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Jean V

    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.

  • Patricia D

    Just amazing, and so compelling!

  • Victor H

    Very intriguing. My children read it and they loved it!

  • Christian R

    The book was great. I enjoyed the narrator until he tried doing people's voices.

  • Anonymous

    I had read the book but in a hurry of course. And the audio actually helped me catch a lot of details that I had missed. I completely enjoy it.

  • Abby Gillette

    One of the best books I've ever read, and I couldn't have found it at a more appropriate time.

  • Jenny Guo

    Really liked this book.

  • gwen foley

    I actually downloaded this book for my son as to follow along with in his book. He loves it. I think this may be my next read.

  • sharin price

    I had to get nearly halfway through before it finally got my interest. It is worth reading, though. The narrator is absolutely perfect for the role with his accent and voices. I often forgot my own surroundings and found myself on Himmel St with Liesel and Rudy.

  • Mike Lozupone

    I love this book and highly recommend it. The choice of narrator was spot on!

  • terri disler

    Wonderful book with excellent narration. It was assigned for a class and now I understand why

  • Lisa McQuade

    Excellent narration - was transported to Germany by the narrator

  • Chris Flodstrom Shea

    Great story. Read for a book club, and very happy for it. Enjoyed the story and appreciated the narrator.

  • Bin Li

    Super good!!!!and my son love this book soooooo much!

  • Liza

    The book is wonderful, and beautifully narrated. It is a book about humane behavior, about love, about the tough situation of the german citizens during the war, the unavoidable Hitler youth, and people risking their life to save another person. Please do not watch the movie, and if you did know that it is very different from this wonderful book. It is hard to capture thoughts, emotions and relationships in a movie, but in a book a talented author can do the work. And Markus Zusak is doing it wonderfully.

  • Stacy Audet

    The narrator read this book with such life and enthusiasm and the book was much more entertaining

  • sarah

    This audio recording made the story so much more real than reading the book which I tried. The role of the narrator ws hard to figure but listen to it made it so much better. Also, you hear the prouncination of the German words rather then just glossing over them in the book

  • Zora Stathatos

    I enjoyed this book. I thought the narration was very nice.

  • Debra Blair

    A wonderful story. The narrator has the voice of a story teller. He spins his web and gently sucks you in to the story. You totally forget that you are listening to a book on tape...you feel his presence and, like a child, are transported to another world. Wonderful!!!

  • Ingrid Campbell

    Excellent book which the narrator masterfully brought to life.

  • Theresa Carnes

    An excellent book!! I've listened to many, many books and this narrator is superior by far!

  • ajay thornton

    It was ok ,but the narrator made me actually imagine it.

  • Maria Landry

    One of the most incredible books and narrators I have ever experienced. Must read.

  • shill straesser

    Incredible story teller and character development. I wanted to hear more about liesle and max after the end of the war.

  • Jessica Mcgrew

    Amazing book and narrator! I stayed up way to late many night listening because I could decide for a good place to stop.

  • Manasi Kashyap

    A sublime book read by a master narrator. What a terribly high bar they both set!

  • Jessi Pacetti

    The narrator was spectacular. This was one of my first audiobooks and I was spoiled by the talent of narration.

  • Jesse Heinz

    Quite possibly the best book I've ever had the privilege to listen to.

  • Alecia Ethridge

    This book is fantastic. It is probably my favorite book ever.

  • Corinne Yarbrough

    I love this book and I recommend to everyone I know. I really grew attached to the characters.

  • Judy Kumm

    Excellent book. I love how the author puts words together like a painting! I was doubtful at first when the story and style were introduced, but as the story progressed I was hooked.

  • Jeff Metz

    I really enjoyed reading this book. What an incredible story and perspective

  • Harriette White

    It was very slow. I think the narrator was part of the problem. His voice was boring. I just couldn't listen any more.

  • Suze

    This was the most beautiful book I have ever listened to. Don't miss it.

  • tom

    This is how WW2 effected the common folks of a small town in Germany....who were damned to poverty and death by the most evil person of the last century. The narrator is "death" and he describes in detail the average and mundane life of these people; most of whom hated Hitler like the rest of the civilized world.

  • Sue

    This was the most amazing and interesting book that I have listened to. The reader was excellent and the story line was so good and I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in WWII and the problems of a family and their neighbors and how they coped day to day.

  • Anonymous

    I just finished listening to The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak for the second time. It is a beautifully written story of an 11-13 year old girl coming of age in Nazi Germany, ~1939 - 1942. Reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird, it exposes humanity at its worst and at its best. One of my all-time favorite books--loved it!

  • Carly

    I loved this audiobook. I have listened to dozens of stories and readers, but this one really held my attention. The narrator was great, and the actual book was amazing. I recommended The Book Thief to all my friends, but with the caveat that I listened to it - maybe only the audiobook is that riveting!

  • BizzyBea

    When I first heard the voice of Death as the narrator, I must say I was a liitle taken aback. As the tale unfolds, however, the distinct perspective of Death is what makes this book great! I listen to my books while commuting to work and this is the first time I brought CD's home to finish before starting a new one in the AM. Definitley on my 10 Best List!

  • Anonymous

    It was the best of books, it was the worst of books. Well written, great characters, unique and refreshing point of view of the narrator (not reader) should have made this a easy five star rating. However, the ending (without giving it way) left me unfulfilled, though I suppose the ending was what it needed to be for this book. So if you want a great literary work that gives you an appreciating for a great author, rent it. If you want to feel good at the end, move on to the next book.

  • Anonymous

    This book got off ot a slow start, but once i got into it, it was great.

  • Peggy Stortz

    Creative and with a unique perspective, The Book Thief is an absorbing tale of a young girl in Germany just before and during WWII. The author speaks with compassion and wisdom about the Germans and the Jews who were trapped in the Nazi madness.

  • Seaweed

    This story quickly moved to my "Top 5 EVER" books. Beautiful story, a very different point of view of the era, so many rich relationships. I adored this book. As "anonymous" above did, I had to drive in silence for a few trips to/from work, and starting the next book was difficult; I didn't want to let "Thief" go.

  • Laurajean

    This book was an unexpected delight recommended by a friend. A story of a brave girl in pre-world war II Germany. A wonderful story written with beautiful words.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful and moving. It's a story that will haunt you, but not necessarily in a bad way. I have a very long commute and once I finished this book, rather than putting in the next one, I just drove in silence for a few days to allow myself an opportunity to continue appreciating this book, and to continue absorbing it. Highly recommend!

  • Anonymous

    This book was terrific. I am not a history buff at all but so enjoyed this saga about natzi Germany. It was brilliantly written. I could not put it down.

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful book!!!! I wished that it just kept going.

  • Sheila Martinez

    I absolutely loved this story. It is very rich and involved, the characters are wonderful and the narrator is excellent. After I finished all 13 CDs I wish I had someone else to give it to so they could listen to it too. It is very good!

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