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3.99998039332185 out of 53.99998039332185 out of 53.99998039332185 out of 53.99998039332185 out of 53.99998039332185 out of 5 4.00 (33,662 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: September 2006 ISBN: 9780739337301
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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.”

    BookPage

  • 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
  • A 2006 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
  • A 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of Printz Honors, 2006
  • A 2009 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charley | 1/21/2014

    " Fantastic! What a unique read. Very different from his other book, "The Book Thief", but excellent all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Thomson | 1/19/2014

    " Excellent book! The description sounds depressing but it really is inspiring. My son when he was 15 loaned me his copy and told me I would like it. He was right! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book almost as much as I did The Book Thief. Clever and inventive, it continually suprised me. A wonderful introduction to Zusak if this is your first book by this author. I'd read this one before I read the Book Thief. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaija | 12/20/2013

    " I didn't enjoy this book as much as The Book Thief. The story is different, and the characters are developed well. However, I'm not sure how I feel about it overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 12/3/2013

    " This was beautiful. It really got to me. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a long time. I'll have to come back and do a real review later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 11/14/2013

    " It was a great read. Easy. Not a huge fan of the ending but worth the journey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily O. | 11/11/2013

    " I read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and thought it was good so I decided to read another of his books. I Am the Messanger was an even better read. I loved it!!! It was great and I look forward to reading more from him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/30/2013

    " I had no idea...I loved this story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Lawson | 9/10/2013

    " I think after this and The Book Thief I am a Markus Zusak fan. His characters are well developed and fun to read. I love the idea of trying to be a better person than you think you can be. We should all probably try to do a little of this every day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syd シド ♫Just one of the wolves ♫ | 2/15/2013

    " When i finished this book all i could think was wow what an amazing book everyone should read this story. The first chapter was so hilarious I was laughing out loud and people were staring me. you should pick up this book and read it you won't be disappointed. i know i wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cortney | 11/5/2012

    " I picked this book up because the author wrote one of my all time favorite books, The Book Thief. Now this book is not as good as The Book Thief, but really how could it be. The plot was intriguing and pulled me in, however, I felt the ending was weak and just fell flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 9/20/2012

    " Loved the story, love the writing style, love this author for his wonderful 'book thief', would have given a five star rating if not for the anticlimactic ending. Despite the dissapointing ending, I am still happy to have spent my week with Ed as he delivers his messages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Beaver | 8/13/2012

    " If you were called on to make a difference in a stranger's life, would you? Incredibly touching acts of kindness, courage & friendship. I didn't want this book to end! A brilliant author with incredible stories. Please don't ever stop Markus!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oats | 7/6/2012

    " I liked it... but his writing style, and just the way he personifies everything, was so distracting. I think it took away the rhythm of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 2/26/2012

    " I thought the characters were interesting especially the main character. I also really liked the style of writing for this book. I'd recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pukka | 1/3/2012

    " this book is amazing. i loved it. markus zusak is a great story teller. he describes things in great detail without making it boring. i enjoyed the book very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Libby | 11/2/2011

    " Another great book by Markus Zusak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 XxStitcHxVamPxX | 9/7/2011

    " Amazing! I loved every second of it. It's quite thought provoking and inspiring honestly. One of my favorites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 6/8/2011

    " Markus Zusack is quickly becoming my favourite author. Amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 5/20/2011

    " Zusak is brilliant, there is no other way of putting it. I want to see him write more books! His writing style is remarkable and he deserves to be a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 5/19/2011

    " Everyone should read this book. Especially those of you who don't know what you want to do with your life. I've read it like 4 times now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manuela | 5/17/2011

    " this book is for people who can handle coming of age, and for those who aren't "you suck". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 5/15/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. Should be required reading for everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/15/2011

    " I hope I am not expecting too much after reading The Book Thief which was an amazing book!! We shall see.

    Not too bad overall. It definitely held my attention - which is always a plus! It wasn't up to the same depth and quality as The Book Thief . . . but it was a good story nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorraine | 5/14/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's more like a 4.5. I hardly ever give a 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryHelen | 5/13/2011

    " This was an interesting book - VERY different in the plot and in the style it was written. The author is certainly an original. It's not my favorite book of all time, but it kept my attention until the very end. For that reason alone, it deserves a high rating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magdalen | 5/12/2011

    " Not as good as The Book Thief, definitely not for younger readers as there are sex references and coarse language. First few chapters were absolutely terrible but they get lots better. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Marc Aden Gray is an international television, film, and theater actor who has trained at the William Esper Studio and the Graduate Actors Movement Studio in New York City. He is best known for his roles in The Matrix, NCIS, and the play Of Mice and Men. He lives in Los Angeles.