• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 10-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 (15 ratings)

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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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By Jane on 12-05-17

Very much enjoyed

Honest and captivating and short and sweet. I enjoyed this book. Would only have wanted the end to be more concise.

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By ANIL SHAH on 04-06-17

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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By anne levine on 12-11-16

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.

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By Mrs on 07-13-17

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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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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By Chris on 10-29-17

A Deeply Moving Fable

I listened to this audio book in one sitting after my grandson (age 11) had been given it to read at school and was very distressed by it.
I grew up in Germany post WWll, with my father being in the British Army and occupying there, wives and families were accommodated there too. My father had been one of the original troops who liberated Bergen-Belsen, and at age 8, I overheard his distress and anger, and observed his out-of-character anger towards the German population at the time. So this book was a poignant reminder of my own loss of innocence at that dreadful time in history.

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By Kellie Grealy on 02-09-17

Worthy

Absolutely loved this voice! The best I have heard so far. The story was wonderful and short enough to listen in one day.

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