Sit back and enjoy the story - there's a complete, unabridged audio recording embedded within each chapter of this premium ebook. Read by the talented Allan Corduner, this audio narration, described by The Times as having "the haunting quality of poetry", brings new depth and tone to the book's compelling story. As this premium ebook contains two books in one, it has a file size of nearly 496MB, considerably more than a regular ebook. It can only be downloaded via a broadband connection and enjoyed using Adobe(R) Digital Editions on your Mac or PC. It is not compatible with the Sony Reader or other dedicated device. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel Meminger's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words and the ability of books to feed the soul. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.