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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Audiobook

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers

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Publisher's Summary

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness.

In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him.

As weeks turn to months and the pain of loss gives way to memories, the little unit of three starts to heal.

In this extraordinary debut - part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief - Max Porter's compassion and bravura style combine to dazzling effect. Full of unexpected humour and profound emotional truth, Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marks the arrival of a thrilling new talent.

©2015 Max Porter (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"An agile, life-affirming account of mourning." (Sunday Times)
"Utterly astonishing. Truly, truly remarkable." (Nathan Filer)
"A blast and a breeze and, strangely, a delight." (Jonathan Gibbs, Independent)

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    Michelle Dixon 05/05/2016
    Michelle Dixon 05/05/2016

    Love reading and writing poetry. I would love to write my own books rather than reading one for a change.

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    "Extremely Poetic!"

    Extremely poetic, also I found it to be weirdly relaxing considering the
    genre. Apart from it being very repetitive, I thought the writer was extremely talented,
    I don't know if Max Porter has written any poetry, but I think he would be very good at it if he did.
    I have not figured out if the crow signifies each of the characters minds. I don't what the crow signifies.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    ms annabel abbs 23/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerful and moving"

    Jot Davies reads this extraordinary memoir of grief with great skill and poetry. The perfect voice for this powerful and moving account.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kaggy 10/11/2016
    Kaggy 10/11/2016 Member Since 2013

    Will read anything within reason.

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    "How to miss a mother"

    The pain and acute sadness of loss is beautifully expressed in this elegy to a loved wife and mother. This poetically describes the grieving process as two little boys and their dad struggle to come to terms with the sudden death and disappearance of the most intimate person in their lives. Although the subject matter is tragic, sometimes it is good and actually uplifting to reflect on what really matters in life, especially when the outside world looks so ominous. I recommend this for a moment of quiet reflection and the joy of an exquisite and moving piece of writing.

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    Mrs H Shaw 27/11/2016
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    "I won't be able to part with this one!"

    I believe I've just finished listening to and reading one of those very special books that come your way rarely. An astonishing book that lingers in the mind long after reading, a book that makes you want to start reading all over again as soon as you've finished. Jot Davies' performance is perfect.

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    Flanclanman 10/11/2016
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    "incredible"

    a stunning portrayal of grief and half madness. it's beautiful, imaginative and haunting. read wonderfully too.

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    Jo Lunt 18/10/2016
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    "Unsure"

    Brilliantly narrated and I liked the style, but I finished the book undecided about whether I liked it or not. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed reading it -- I think the narration brought it to life effectively.

    While I think it is perhaps an acquired taste / you need to be in the mood for listening, I would recommend giving it a go.

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    Judith 26/09/2016
    Judith 26/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "poetic and wonderful"
    Would you listen to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers again? Why?

    yeah i think there was a lot in there and listening to again would be a good thing


    What other book might you compare Grief Is the Thing with Feathers to, and why?

    ted hughes poetry or slythia plath possibly - not really read a novel like that.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the children's characters were the best bit about it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yeah


    Any additional comments?

    short and sweet

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    gianluca 30/07/2016
    gianluca 30/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "very experiment style"

    I am ambivalent, the concept and story was good, the performance as well but I just couldn't focus and follow with enthusiasm.

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    Lucille 17/07/2016
    Lucille 17/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing!"

    very poetic, incredible imagery. I attended a talk and reading of the book and was captured by it, so glad there was an audio book and very well performed

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    Carolina Denning 07/07/2016
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    "Stunning."

    Painful, funny, poetic, beautiful. Brilliant narrator too. The final words of the book so uplifting.

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