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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornelia Funke Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2002 ISBN: 9780807209783
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Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the “Thief Lord.” Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being part of this colorful new family. But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. And soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma Tate | 2/20/2014

    " Really good read, sad at times but compelling, all the characters are well thought out, and the depictions of Venice really made me want to go! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianna | 2/19/2014

    " I actually read this a couple times because I liked it so much. It's very intriguing and really draws you into the story. The book takes place in Venice, and the author does a really great job describing the city in detail. This book is mainly a mystery, and it really keeps you guessing throughout the book. I highly recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 2/8/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Slow beginning but really enjoyed the second half! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K | 2/1/2014

    " Wonderful! Adventure, interesting round characters, magic, and all the ends tie up neatly. Set in Venice which adds to the enchanted quality. Can't wait to read more of her books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 1/7/2014

    " i liked it but i didn't really like the ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia I. Dardon | 1/1/2014

    " I could read this book over and over again and I would never get tired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina Lance | 12/26/2013

    " An Amazing Book, one of the best ones I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shivaun | 11/23/2013

    " Read this book when I was about 11 and I've never forgotten it. It inspired me to travel to Venice! Beautiful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trina | 11/22/2013

    " This is a kids' "chapter book" (to be read aloud to kids) set in Venice, and I found it quite charming -- the children are interesting and so are the adults, and the Venice settings are very evocative and sometimes even spooky, but of course we are insulated from any true danger or tragedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 10/23/2013

    " was ok just ok. i never did finish it. and thought it was a tad boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Takeshi | 10/2/2013

    " I liked this book. It was an intresting tale about sorrow, runaways, and 1 strange boy who claims to be the thief lord.I would tell you more but you'll have to read the book to find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 9/13/2013

    " A lovely little tale. Not as compelling as her other works, but true literature none the less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 5/12/2013

    " one of my absolute favorites from fourth grade :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/29/2013

    " I loved Inkheart. I liked this book. It started off great, but near the end it just got to the point where it s seemed she wanted to tie it all up but it just ended up with a bunch of knots instead. Kids will like it for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 3/8/2013

    " An easy read with captivating characters and a plot that kept me reading past my bedtime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Corley | 2/10/2013

    " A good creative story. I really want to visit Venice now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki_g | 9/14/2012

    " Great read for a child 4th-6th grade. Mix of Peter Pan, The Boxcar Children, & Harry Potter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald Stephen | 7/2/2012

    " best book from Funke in my opinion. it makes us explore the world from the eye of children (not ordinary children).. in an extremely unique way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malwina | 11/17/2011

    " I read the German original: Herr der Diebe "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandria LaBrie | 9/3/2011

    " very great book set in italy and such a wonderfull book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie Lalonde | 8/13/2011

    " At one point in the book, it says something about a statue of the Madonna. (Spelling?) Being in fourth grade, I didn't realise that Cornelia Funke meant Mary, and thought that there was a statue oof the singer Madonna in Venice. :D "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/30/2011

    " Fun book for kids... Its very much Oliver Twist'ish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 6/29/2011

    " well i liked it but i dont think e ending was that well done well i would have done it differently "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia I. | 6/28/2011

    " aawwn! the Thief Lord...a lovely book! I love it from a beggining to an end. I loved the characters, I loved the setting, I loved the plot and I loved everything about it. It was an incredibly amazing book. It actually made me want to go to Venice! It was an amazing book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 6/26/2011

    " Cute story, very Oliver Twist with a bit of magic. I loved the Venice setting as well, it sounds much lovelier than 19th century England. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 6/25/2011

    " Yet another tale of Peter Pan. Funke does imagine some fine characters, and Simon Jones kept me listening. His rendition of females did irritate me a little bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 6/19/2011

    " Better than "Inkheart", not as great as "Inkspell" and "Inkdeath". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Devin | 6/14/2011

    " I thought this book was totally lame and wouldn't recommend it to anyone over the age of 8. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madame | 6/11/2011

    " Awesome read!! When I first read this I was so depressed when I finished it I stop two books because they simply couldn't compare!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 6/9/2011

    " I really like this book. I love the setting and the story line. Another classic novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ray | 6/9/2011

    " Would have scored higher except for the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 6/8/2011

    " This was a cute story. The little weird fantasy spin on the end threw me off a little and I felt that it was an easy way for the author to wrap up the story. Nevertheless, it wasn't bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sebak :) | 6/7/2011

    " what a beautiful and exciting story with just the perfect amount of mystery! this is a must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 6/5/2011

    " Sooooo good! I love how in the book you try to think who keeps stealing the stuff but it turns out to be someone totally unexpected. Of course I hate books that are really predictable but this isn't one of them! "

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About the Author
Author Cornelia FunkeCornelia Funke is a bestselling author and the third most popular children's book writer in Germany after J.K. Roweling and R.L. Stine. The Thief Lord has won several European children's literature awards, including the Zurich Children's Book Awards (2000) and the children's Book Award form the Vienna House of Literature (2001).
About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.