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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Markus Zusak Narrator: Stig Wemyss Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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One day we will fight again, but for now we are wolves in a cage, waiting to be let out....

The Wolfe family has fallen on hard times. Mr. Wolfe has had an accident at work and has been unemployed for months. Mum cleans longer and harder, and works a night shift at the hospital. Sarah gets drunk now and then. Older brother Steve wants to leave home, to forget about his lunatic family. When Cameron and Ruben find they can earn fifty dollars a win with an organized boxing racket, they take the chance. Ruben has talent for boxing and Cameron has heart at least. They need the money, but it's really about self-respect. Boxing will change forever the way they see themselves.

Author Markus Zusak pens a surprisingly complex and touching story that will linger long with readers. The language is hard-hitting, witty, and authentic - as are the emotions and action. Fighting Ruben Wolfe is not about boxing. It's about respect, stubborn pride, and real brotherly love. Fans of The Book Thief won't want to miss listening to the novels that launched Markus Zusak's stellar career.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merreh65 | 2/2/2014

    " Read this because I so enjoyed "The Book Thief" and "I Am the Messenger" and wanted to read some of Zusak's early work. He writes from what he knows and the threads of family and young experience in the two later works are apparent here--the basic human need for respect and the willingness to fight hard for it and the loyalty to those we love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 1/31/2014

    " This goes to show that Zusak can write a book on bloody well anything, and it'll be superb. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 1/26/2014

    " I cannot believe how good Fighting Ruben Wolfe was. It is the first of Zusak's books I have read, but it certainly won't be the last. It reminds me of SE Hinton's The Outsiders, which is one of my all time favourites. This is certainly a book I will return to afew times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian | 1/24/2014

    " Of Zusak's books, this one sits below The Messenger and The Book Thief both in terms of audience - teen fiction more definitively here - and also effectiveness. Still a lovely read, it lacks the substance of his latter work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramarie | 1/21/2014

    " I loved this book just as much this second time! Two brothers, one with heart and one with fight. The raw male characters, rough and derisive yet at the same time sensitive, are a pleasant surprise to find in a teen book. The audio reader, with his Australian accent, does a fine job with all the voices. Zusak's second book, and obvious early on that he was a fine writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kwoomac | 1/18/2014

    " What is it about boxers that makes you root for them ? Here we have two teenage brothers who are recruited to box in rundown venues for very little money. Ruben Wolfe is a natural and easily wins all his fights. Younger brother Cameron isn't really much of a fighter, in fact, his boxing name is The Underdog. The story is about their home life, why they agreed to become fighters, culminating in a match against each other. I expected a little more from Zusak and up until the last few pages I would have given this a solid 3. The ending was worth a 4 so I guess I really rate it at 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/15/2014

    " This was not nearly as good as Markus Zusak's other novels I've read, but it can take its readers to a deeper level of thinking! A quick, quick read for anyone who's interested! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/28/2013

    " This was like reading a cross between Fight Club and Snatch, but for 13 year old boys instead of for adults. That is to say - it was great. I love Zusak's writing style, and plan to read more and more of his books. I'm not sure why I've waited so long to start reading them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leisel | 12/27/2013

    " I love this author and really enjoyed this book. Great story - so many great quotes. He really makes the characters come alive and delivers so much meaning and emotion in simple phrases. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 12/7/2013

    " I didn't realize this was a young adult book until I got it. It was a good quick read though with a good message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Bardhan | 9/25/2013

    " Brilliant light-reading stuff, especially when you are bored and need something that packs a punch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian Scott | 5/12/2013

    " The Wolfe brothers are back. With a huge improvement from the previous book in the series. And also with an emotional and heartfelt ending that left me on a positive note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/17/2013

    " I actually really liked this one. I didn't think I would, but I have to say I empathized with these characters to a remarkable degree. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jes | 3/25/2013

    " An interesting and quick read with mostly dialogue between the two main characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rylee | 12/17/2012

    " I like how the brothers watch out for each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J Joyce | 11/1/2012

    " this was my first markus zusak book. And I fell in love with it. I just LOVE the way he writes, you feel like you are inside the heads of his characters. Its so gritty...real. This is a fabulous read for any audience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/17/2012

    " Over so soon. Great little book. Zusak can even write a book about fighting (yawn) and make it interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 3/8/2012

    " As a massive "Book Thief" fan, I was looking forward to reading one of Zusak's earlier books. I was disappointed in Fighting Rube Wolfe. Although Zusak's customary free-flowing language is spot-on again and glides you through the book, I found it as a story unoriginal and cliched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Leikvold | 12/26/2011

    " This is classified as teen fiction at my library. Maybe because it's about a couple teenagers. Great story about a strong family facing poverty in a hard neighborhood. Tough, not sentimental. Very lovely. "

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About the Author
Author Markus Zusak

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; The Book Thief, a Printz Honor Book; and Getting the Girl. He lives in Sydney, Australia.