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  • Birds Without Wings

  • By: Louis De Bernieres
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kay
  • Length: 27 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: the local Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; a Christian girl of legendary beauty; childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, and the two holy men of different faiths, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Birds Without Wings

  • By Michael Corry on 09-07-15

A lovely story that is simply pleasure to the ears

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-15

Louis De Bernieres has always written such eloquent and descriptive books and this is definitely no exception. His prose, writing style and descriptions in addition to the excellent narration could be compared with gently caressing your ears with the finest silk. The story is intertwined with historical references and events, primarily relating to Mustafa Kemal (the first president of Turkey). If you have zero interest in history, perhaps this is not the book for you but De Bernieres does handhold the reader through the events of the time so ends up being both informative and enjoyable.

The narrator does an excellent job with difficult Turkish and Greek accents and makes it easy to differentiate the characters.

The only negative is that the story does get a little repetitive with facts, quotes and character memories being regularly repeated. With the book being so very long, I can understand why the author has done this but personally found it a bit unnecessary.

All in all, definitely an excellent read. If you enjoyed LDB's South American trilogy, this book is a must!

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