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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 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

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

Interesting historical setting, too many anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

This is a mixed bag. There are a whole set of interesting characters, perhaps too many for an audiobook, but nevertheless you do feel emotionally attached to them eventually. The book is set at a point in history where most English speakers will be unaware of historic events at that time. History is, after all, written by the victors, and the Allies were defeated by the Turkish Ottomans at Galipoli and then roundly humiliated by Attaturk in the Turkish war of independence. How accurate De Bernieres' description of events is, I can't judge, but you do feel for all the victims of the attrocities that we being perpetrated by all sides during the setting off the book.
However, the style of the book is often ponderous and De Bernieres tells it through often rambling chapters narrated by key characters. These narratives do end up being repetitive at times and meander greatly from the main plot line leaving you wondering if the Editor should have been a bit more ruthless when the book came to press.
The performance is faultless and very clear.
Overall, this is an interesting book but one for someone that has a fair bit of patience.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,362

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Great introduction to Audible

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

Excellent story, very clearly and dynamically read by the three narrators. Fantastic as my first Audible book.

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