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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Audiobook

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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Publisher's Summary

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil?

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

©2016 John Boyce (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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    anne levine 11/12/2016
    anne levine 11/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best books I have ever read."
    Would you listen to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas again? Why?

    Yes. Loved the reader and characters.


    What other book might you compare The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas to, and why?

    Buddha in the attic and Farm and War Horse.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Maloney – was your favourite?

    Shmoul.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I don't have the time.


    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs 13/07/2017
    Mrs 13/07/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "The most moving book I have ever read."

    This is a truly stunning, heart breaking, moving and thought provoking story that I am so grateful to have had the experience of reading!

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    Arlene Finnigan 17/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Oh God this is devastating. I'm not usually a fan of child narrators but it's perfect here for conveying such as horrific situation through the perspective of innocence. Do NOT listen to the last 3 chapters while driving.

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    "Fantastic short story"

    As it is written in the eyes of the little boy Bruno, it gives the reader a unique perspective on the holocaust. An interesting yet thought-provoking read!

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    Culwen 23/03/2017
    Culwen 23/03/2017 Member Since 2014

    A social butterfly in the LGBT community of London. Always seeking culture and fitness. Listening to books is just so much easier!

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    "Childhood lost when adulthood reigns"

    I've seen the movie which motivated me to listen to the book. There are parts of this story which wasn't apparent in the film and in that sense, I'm glad I have listened to this.

    The story is just as compelling and shockingly simple yet tells a lot from the perspective of a young boy. Adult behaviour translated in child perception. It's brilliantly narrated and the story enfolds to its shocking climax; which as a child or someone who does not know the history, may not discover.

    I also liked the writer interview at the end.

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    Rashik Parmar 21/03/2017
    Rashik Parmar 21/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "moving story that everyone should read and discuss"

    This is one of those stories that i hope we never need to write again or need to discuss. However, i suspect it is a lesson that future generations will also need to relearn. I highly recommend that everyone reads it and takes time to discuss it with those around us a that no one else suffers in this way.

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    Gisela Nunes 01/02/2017
    Gisela Nunes 01/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stop listen to it!!! "

    very easy to follow and captivating. lovely story for different generations. strongly recommended it !

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    Rak London 30/01/2017
    Rak London 30/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Touching emotive story."

    A brilliantly told story that would be enjoyed by children and adults alike like. Highly recommended to all.

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    Alan 25/01/2017
    Alan 25/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story & enlightening interview with author"

    This book can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. It acts a good starting point for children learning about the war and the unchecked capabilities of humanity. For adults it humanises and individualises what is often talked about as an event involving groups of people who's individual perspectives are not discussed. The book is very short, but loses nothing in magnitude!

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    Hester 23/01/2017
    Hester 23/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant"

    this is a brilliantly written book. children's perspective of things are usually overlooked and this book takes you back to a time when 9 year olds were innocent and not worldly wise as they seem to be today. thoroughly recommend this book

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    "A wonderful perspective"

    It is a wonderful book from a 9 year old German boy who seems oblivious to what is happening and questions some the the happenings that time in a very innocent perspective. It is true that not everyone knew especially kids at that time what was going on and it is a great start to knowing more about world war 2 and read more serious books later on about the subject. The narration is excellent and overall an amazing experience. Love it.

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