Listen to Markus Zusak Narrate an Exclusive Audiobook Excerpt from Bridge of Clay

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Editor's Note:

Markus Zusak is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of The Book Thief, I Am the Messenger, Fighting Ruben Wolf, and Getting the Girl. His newest, much-anticipated novel, Bridge of Clay, will release in October 2018.

Bridge of Clay follows the Dunbar boys, a family of brothers who have brought themselves up by their own rules. As events unfold, the brothers discover the secret behind their father’s disappearance years ago. Author Markus Zusak narrated the audiobook himself – it was his first time in the recording studio. In this exclusive audiobook excerpt, their father returns to the house unannounced to find it empty, except for the boys’ menagerie of unusual pets.

Zusak told Publishers Weekly, “As the author of the book, you know where every single comma and every word in the book is, so the mistake rate was quite low. We did the final part with pretty much no stoppage whatsoever. It was lucky I didn’t make any real mistakes because going back to add something new would have been impossible. We couldn’t go back when reading with that depth of emotion; it can’t be replicated. It was such a gratifying thing to do. I loved it, I absolutely loved it.”