The Book Thief

The Book Thief

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'It's just a small story, really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery ...'Narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, witnessing the story of the citizens of Molching:When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents - 'Kommunists' - for ever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.In the care of the Hubermans, Liesel befriends blond-haired Rudy Steiner, her neighbour obsessed with Jesse Owens, and the mayor's wife, who hides from despair in her library. Together Liesel and Rudy steal books - from Nazi book burning piles, from the mayor's library, from the rich people for whom her fostermother does the ironing. In time, they take in a Jewish boxer, Max, who reads with Liesel in the basement.. By 1943, the Allied bombs are falling, and the sirens begin to wail. Liesel shares out her books in the air-raid shelters. But one day in the life of Himmel street, the wail of the sirens comes too late ...A life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and the coincidences on which all our lives hinge, this is also a joyous look at how books can nourish the soul. Its uplifting ending will make all listeners weep.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio | 11 pages
  • 124 x 140 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • Cornerstone
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1846570905
  • 9781846570902
  • 24,688

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"Becomes compelling spoken in the rich tones of Allan Corduner ... has the haunting quality of poetry" * The Times * "The gentle narration increases the impact of these terrible events." * Observer * "Allan Corduner is perfectly voiced as the narrator" * Daily Express * "A major achievement" * People * "'Perched on the cusp between grown-up and young adult fiction... it deplores human misery and celebrates the power of language'" * New York Times *show more

About Markus Zusak

MARKUS ZUSAK's bestselling novel The Book Thief was originally published in the UK in 2007. It has since become a modern classic, published around the world and turned into a film. Markus Zusak lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and two children.show more

Back cover copy

Nine-year-old Liesel has been separated from her parents - 'Kommunists' - for ever. At the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career. In the care of her foster parents, the Hubermans, Liesel makes friends and becomes accustomed to life at 33 Himmel Street. But she continues to steal books - from Nazi book burning piles, even from the mayor's library. At night when her nightmares wake her, Liesel's foster father Hans teaches her to read. Later, when a Jewish boxer names Max comes to live in their basement, he and Liesel discover a bond in their love of books. Narrated in the all-knowing matter-of-fact voice of Death, this is a life-changing tale of the cruel twists of fate and the coincidences on which all our lives hinge, and also a joyous look at how books can nourish the soul.show more

Review Text

"'Perched on the cusp between grown-up and young adult fiction... it deplores human misery and celebrates the power of language'"show more

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3 11% (129,196)
2 3% (33,890)
1 1% (16,902)
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