• The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (22 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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
By Suswati on 01-07-17

An important and terrifying fable still relevant

It's probably quite important to understand that this is a novel and so there is a lot of artistic license taken with it by the author. That being said the main protagonist, nine-year-old Bruno was brilliantly written, a great juxtaposition of unwaning innocence and extreme cruelty in a time of brutality.

Having visited Auschwitz myself, the naive descriptions of the young boy is gut churning especially as he is so unaware of his fate. The reader does a great job in performing the role of an innocent child.

The most significant chapter, however, is the last one where the author himself describes the reasoning for his decisions as many feel that it was unrealistic and a little insensitive in dealing with the subject matter. It is a moral story about complacency and how easy it is to fall into patterns, so it is essential to read with an open mind.

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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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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