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Birds, Beasts and Relatives Audiobook

Birds, Beasts and Relatives

The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.
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The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

© The Estate of Gerald Durrell 1969, 2003 (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    RedAunt 03-05-12
    RedAunt 03-05-12
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    "One of my favorites by Gerald Durrell"

    Nigel Davenport narrates "Birds, Beasts, and Relatives" very nicely, although I was a bit surprised at some of his character voicing, and there was some inconsistency with how the characters were voiced in "My Family and Other Animals".

    Overall I believe current Durrell fans and anyone who enjoys well-crafted, very funny stories about 1930s-era family dynamics will enjoy this reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Braeside, Australia 02-13-12
    Peter Braeside, Australia 02-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly descriptive - it takes you there"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Birds, Beasts and Relatives to be better than the print version?

    No, they are both good in their own way


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spiro , I want to meet him !


    What about Nigel Davenport’s performance did you like?

    The way he altered his voice for each character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Picturesque Corfu


    Any additional comments?

    Really glad you did this one - loved the book and loved the audio book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better Days"

    Escape to Corfu. Great narration by Nigel Davenport brings the characters to life. Captain Crinch too funny.

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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-07-14
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The antidote to stress"

    I love these little stories in this book, which is a follow up to My family and Other Animals. Set in pre war Greece / Corfu, Gerald Durrell, a boy at the time, describes the exploits and adventures of his eccentric family. Some scenes had me laughing out loud, and the authors powers of description were such that at times i could almost feel the warm Greek sun on my face ................ the perfect antidote to modern day stresses, let yourself be transported in time and place..............

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    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Read by Nigel Davenport...."

    Nigel Davenport is best narrator for a British male narrative voice... as an insomniac child I use to pass out to the Corfu series through to his dulcet tones on a tape version and he brilliant captures Durrell's wry but slightly heavy sense of humour. I would thoroughly recommend this as an audiobook experience.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • no66
    5/21/15
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    "It's great Gerry"

    It was a challenging but fun book.
    I liked all of Larry's fun sayings like " You need a team of huskies to go down and post a letter!".
    I recommend this book 10+ because it has a dozen challenging words.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel T.
    1/2/15
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    "Lovely"
    Any additional comments?

    Gentle thoughtful real-life stories of natural world and eccentric characters. Very popular with adults and children.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    WAKEFIELD, United Kingdom
    10/7/14
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    "kids love it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Birds, Beasts and Relatives to be better than the print version?

    Children listened to this whilst traveling


    What other book might you compare Birds, Beasts and Relatives to, and why?

    Not sure


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Davenport – was your favourite?

    the children liked all of it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    good wholesome book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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