4.0 out of 5 starsPoodles and Ostriches and Sheep, Oh My.
10 June 2001 - Published on Amazon.com
Ostrich was a charming book. VJ and Ev, best friends with totally opposite views and energy levels, are such delightful characters. They play off one another in a way that lets the reader get to know them thoroughly. Sabine and Magda, husband and wife, interact in a truely remarkable and heart-warming way, giving and taking, balancing stubbornness with love. Their three daughters, especially Rosa, are well-drawn and vital characters. And the Colonel, he's a very funny piece of work. Put these interesting characters, and their relationships, into a mix of animals including donkeys, poodles, sheep, and a hair-raising baby ostrich and you'll find as much delight as I did. Michael Thomas has a winner here.
This book reminds me of an opera, with love interrupted at several turns but ultimately everyone is happy. Some really good phrases thrown in there too that stick with you. I found it a little hard to start, but worth the effort and it got going pretty quickly.
I wont give a good or bad star review as i couldnt finish this book due to horrible narration.The premise sounded interesting and will go back later to read it after ive gotten her narration out of my head! Her voice is ok, it was just VERY choppy, monotone and plain irritating.Narrator has English accent which has some to do with it as there is different inflection and flow to the English way of speaking. So dont know about the actual story, just wanted to warn of the narrated version