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Benn

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  • Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Gerald Durrell
    • Narrated By Nigel Davenport
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    When Mother starts showing an interest in passion-flowers the children decide it is time she got married again. The romantic island of Corfu is unable to produce many suitable candidates, but there is the 18-year-old who runs the fish stall, Professor Eurpides Androtheomatacottopolous, or the dashing Hollywood actor, Antoine de Vere... Meanwhile young Gerry is more concerned about the marital affairs of his toads than those of his mother in the title story of this hilarious collection of tales.

    dub says: "Typical Durrell Autobio wit, in need of an editor"
    "Entertaining like all of Durrell's works"
    Overall

    Written in Gerrys easy to read style, this audio version is great.

    Nigel Davenport does a good job of playing multiple characters acting out their voices in a believable and non-condescending way to the listener.

    As a fan of all of Durrell's works and having heard his live documentaries, I stongly felt that you experience Durrel's presence through Davenport's reading.

    In terms of the book itself, set in a number of short stories allows Durrel to recount different times of his life in his usual 90% true manner. The family is revisited in Marrying Off Mother, and this fits well with the Corfu trilogy.

    Like many of Durrel's books, I went down the path of reading/listening to experience more of his family life, but I enjoyed all of the other stories just as much, if not more!

    Strongly recommend to anyone who wants a introduction or revisit to Gerald Durrell. It is not necessary to have read or heard his previous books, it will provide a greater appreciation however. Overall 4 stars.

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