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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (33,660 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Markus Zusak Narrator: Marc Aden Gray Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This teen gem about an unambitious teenager whose life is suddenly turned upside down by anonymous messages has it all—mystery, humor, romance, friendship.

Meet Ed Kennedy—underage cab driver, pathetic card player, and useless at romance. He lives in a shack and he's hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That's when the first Ace arrives…That's when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary), until only one question remains. Who's behind Ed's mission?

Michael L. Printz Honor Winner

After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Zusak’s characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well-conceived, and appropriately raw.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “It’s funny, engrossing, and suspenseful.”

    KLIATT (starred review)

  • “The organization is curious, the writing suspenseful, and the idea intriguing. These make it a close-to-perfect book.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Funny and gripping.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Compulsively readable.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Raucous, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny.”


  • The Book Thief is unsettling and unsentimental, yet ultimately poetic. Its grimness and tragedy run through the reader’s mind like a black-and-white movie, bereft of the colors of life. Zusak may not have lived under Nazi domination, but The Book Thief deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel’s Night. It seems poised to become a classic. USA Today
  • Zusak doesn’t sugarcoat anything, but he makes his ostensibly gloomy subject bearable the same way Kurt Vonnegut did in Slaughterhouse-Five: with grim, darkly consoling humor. Time Magazine
  • Elegant, philosophical and moving...Beautiful and important. Kirkus Reviews, Starred
  • An extraordinary narrative. School Library Journal, Starred
  • Exquisitely written and memorably populated, Zusak's poignant tribute to words, survival, and their curiously inevitable entwinement is a tour
    de force to be not just read but inhabited.
    The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
  • One of the most highly anticipated young-adult books in years. The Wall Street Journal
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2006 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2009 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis | 2/18/2014

    " Good book. I'd read it again. I have a soft spot for books set in Australia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/9/2014

    " After reading The Book Thief, I knew I had to read more by Markus Zusak--and he didn't disappoint. While The Book Thief is still infinitely better, I Am the Messenger is a great book, and was extremely enjoyable (after all, I did start and finish it today). It captures your interest from the start, and the interesting plot and characters, coupled with Zusak's writing, will keep you reading to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kara | 2/8/2014

    " This was a quick and easy read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. While you can sort of predict the end, the writing hooks you to Ed and you just can't help rooting for him. In a lot of ways, Ed reminds us of ourselves because he is ordinary, complacent, and insecure so you want him to succeed and change for the better. For his sake and yours too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debra | 2/4/2014

    " I. Love. This. Story. The ending? Well, I had to re-read, and think about it, then re-read again. Then I got online to see what other people thought about the ending. After all of that, I changed my rating from four stars to five. I loved Ed Kennedy, Audrey, The Doorman, and even, in the end, Marv. Lovely, sweet story. "

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