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4.00000941646186 out of 54.00000941646186 out of 54.00000941646186 out of 54.00000941646186 out of 54.00000941646186 out of 5 4.00 (106,197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Boyne Narrator: Michael Maloney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the heartrending story of Bruno, a 9-year-old German boy living in World War II-era Berlin. When Bruno, the son of a high-ranking SS officer, moves to Auschwitz after his father receives a promotion directly from the Fuhrer, he is overcome with loneliness. When he inquires about the people he has seen wearing striped pajamas his father informs him they are not really people because they are Jews. Ignoring the rule forbidding him from exploring the area surrounding their home he meets Shmuel, a boy his own age who lives on the other side of the tall fence that is in their backyard. They soon become friends with Bruno never fully understanding why he cannot speak of their friendship with his father.

When Bruno finds out that he is to move back to Berlin he decides to embark upon one last adventure with his friend. Shmuel asks him dress in a set of striped pajamas like his own and crawl under the fence to come help him find his father, who has gone missing in the camp. His desire to help his friend comes with tragic consequences...

Acclaimed by critics worldwide and now a major motion picture, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a deeply profound and haunting novel that once read you're unlikely to ever forget.

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Certain to be one of the publishing sensations of 2006. The Observer (U.K.)
  • A memorable and moving story. The Oxford Times (U.K.)
  • A small wonder of a book. The Guardian (U.K.)
  • A book so simple, so seemingly effortless, that it's almost perfect. The Irish Independent
  • "An extraordinary book. The Irish Examiner

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cecile Msays | 2/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book! It was hard for me to put it down, I ended up reading it at the beach and even at friend's houses! "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne was about a nine year old boy named Bruno who's father is reassigned and forced to move to a concentration camp as the head leader. Bruno, being young, does not understand the situation and ends up befriending a small Jewish boy at the camp. What I liked about this book was being able to note smaller themes that Bruno was not able to identify due to his age. Neither him nor his friend, Shmuel, understood exactly what was going on. Bruno even found himself at times wishing he was "on the other side of the fence where there were more boys to play with". Bruno's ignorance towards the situations and acceptance of Schmuel really touched me and helped me enjoy this book. I would suggest this book to anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cyndee | 2/19/2014

    " It wasn't bad, wasn't good....it was disturbing. Perhaps that was the author's intent. Indeed, I will remember the ending, whether I want to or not. Having visited the Holocaust museum, the images in the book were that much more real to me. I would not recommend for a child ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Booie Burton | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent book. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 2/3/2014

    " This book is a good book that shows some of the events that had happened in concentration camps for the Jewish people. The Germans were wanting to wipe out all of the Jews. This book is about a little boy that lives next to one of those camps with his family. When he goes to his back yard, he notices a boy in stripped pajamas sitting next to the fence that separates them two. They little boy tries to get his friend out (the boy in the stripped pajamas) by sneaking him into his house. I think that this is an amazing book for those that don't really get what happened back then between the Jews and the Germans. This book is full of drama between the boy and his family, and some violent parts. I suggest this book for every body that can read. "

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