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Birds, Beasts and Relatives Audiobook

Birds, Beasts and Relatives

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Publisher's Summary

The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

© The Estate of Gerald Durrell 1969, 2003 (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Mr London, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Mr London, United Kingdom 13/04/2013

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    "Read by Nigel Davenport...."

    Nigel Davenport is best narrator for a British male narrative voice... as an insomniac child I use to pass out to the Corfu series through to his dulcet tones on a tape version and he brilliant captures Durrell's wry but slightly heavy sense of humour. I would thoroughly recommend this as an audiobook experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    no66 21/05/2015
    no66 21/05/2015
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    "It's great Gerry"

    It was a challenging but fun book.
    I liked all of Larry's fun sayings like " You need a team of huskies to go down and post a letter!".
    I recommend this book 10+ because it has a dozen challenging words.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel T. 02/01/2015
    Rachel T. 02/01/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely"
    Any additional comments?

    Gentle thoughtful real-life stories of natural world and eccentric characters. Very popular with adults and children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 07/10/2014
    Heidi 07/10/2014
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    "kids love it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Birds, Beasts and Relatives to be better than the print version?

    Children listened to this whilst traveling


    What other book might you compare Birds, Beasts and Relatives to, and why?

    Not sure


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Davenport – was your favourite?

    the children liked all of it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    good wholesome book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 07/08/2016
    Maria 07/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "May I really repeat myself?"

    Second book of the commonly known "Corfu" trilogy. When I read it for the first time, it was like meeting some dear friends again after quite some time (bear in mind that I read it in Spanish, and a quite colourful translation). It remains my favourite book of this trilogy, as you don't have to have new presentations of the lead characters and the new ones are just a wonderful addition. And, as the prologue says, they are probably the best anecdotes.
    In relation to the performance, I don't have the opportunity to make any comparison, because it was Nigel Davenport the one who read the first book. I'll tell after I finish the last one.

    Overly recommendable!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • RedAunt
    Rochester, WA, United States
    05/03/12
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    "One of my favorites by Gerald Durrell"

    Nigel Davenport narrates "Birds, Beasts, and Relatives" very nicely, although I was a bit surprised at some of his character voicing, and there was some inconsistency with how the characters were voiced in "My Family and Other Animals".

    Overall I believe current Durrell fans and anyone who enjoys well-crafted, very funny stories about 1930s-era family dynamics will enjoy this reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Braeside, Australia
    13/02/12
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    "Incredibly descriptive - it takes you there"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Birds, Beasts and Relatives to be better than the print version?

    No, they are both good in their own way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spiro , I want to meet him !


    What about Nigel Davenport’s performance did you like?

    The way he altered his voice for each character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Picturesque Corfu


    Any additional comments?

    Really glad you did this one - loved the book and loved the audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Erika Bittner-Bruening
    Broadview Hts., OH United States
    26/11/16
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    "Visual Delight"

    The language paints pictures in my mind. I can feel the air, hear the earth and laugh at the personalities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean Narozanski
    23/11/16
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    "Other animals"

    An old friend of a book that never fails to amuse and delight. a charming story in a time long gone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • snowy plover
    Walnut Creek, CA
    27/08/16
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    "A Rollicking Good Time"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Birds, Beasts and Relatives?

    There were too many great stories to choose just one. The narration really makes this book "sing." The ending was very lovely.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Davenport – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the mother. She had so many good retorts. The narrator gave so much life to each character though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Especially in the second book, there were some really wonderful descriptions of the island and its inhabitants.


    Any additional comments?

    The production values in the first part of this book seemed off - very fast. So I slowed my IPod down to 1.75. After continuing to listen for some time, it sounded just like in My Family and other Animals which I had just read before I started this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    30/04/16
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    "Better Days"

    Escape to Corfu. Great narration by Nigel Davenport brings the characters to life. Captain Crinch too funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    Plainfield, VT, United States
    07/09/14
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    "The antidote to stress"

    I love these little stories in this book, which is a follow up to My family and Other Animals. Set in pre war Greece / Corfu, Gerald Durrell, a boy at the time, describes the exploits and adventures of his eccentric family. Some scenes had me laughing out loud, and the authors powers of description were such that at times i could almost feel the warm Greek sun on my face ................ the perfect antidote to modern day stresses, let yourself be transported in time and place..............

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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