I Am the Messenger

  • by Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by Marc Aden Gray
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.That's when the first ace arrives in the mail.
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?


What the Critics Say

"Zusak succeeds brilliantly." (Booklist)
"Zusak's characters, styling, and conversations are believably unpretentious, well conceived, and appropriately raw. Together, these key elements fuse into an enigmatically dark, almost film-noir atmosphere." (School Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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I Am Not The Messenger - I Am The Message

Another great book by Marcus Zusak. Another amazing experience of the prose close to poetry. However, unlike in The Book Thief, the poetry of the prose is not standing out so strongly. We hear the sound of Australian suburbs and their lingo instead.

The story is about Ed Kennedy, a 19-year-old cab driver who lives alone with a strange old dog Dorman - a true canine coffee addict! Ed has not much ambition to do anything else with his life, besides driving taxi and playing cards with his three friends. His mother despises him, and after his father died a year before - he does not have any goal in life.

Until something happens - something totally out of blue - and he gets a series of messages to deliver, acts to perform, deeds to do. I will not tell too much - I do not want to spoil it for you.

To the very end of the story Ed doesn't understand the meaning or the purpose of the messages he was chosen to deliver. But the whole process marks a first serious awakening in his life. As the story evolves, he goes out of simplicity and flat commonness and his life gets a meaning – he does things that truly make difference.

This is a book about love, hate, solitude and friendship and about difficult family relations, about pathetic life in today's poor suburbs of our cities, and finally - about hope to get out of the "epidemy of ordinariness" and patheticness of our daily life.

And it is told without any bombastic preaching of "greatness"...

"Maybe everyone can, maybe everyone can live beyond what they capable off"


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- Miroslaw

brillant narration

I'm sure this book has some underlaying message, but I'm not sure what it is. In spite of that, it is interesting and entertaining. Marc Aden Gray's narration is so good he made me care more for the character than I would have if I'd read it myself.
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- danni

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2006
  • Publisher: Listening Library