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Birds, Beasts and Relatives | [Gerald Durrell]

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)2011 AudioGO Ltd

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    Amazon Customer Rochester, WA, United States 03-05-12
    Amazon Customer Rochester, WA, United States 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 2011
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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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    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-07-14
    Rebecca Plainfield, VT, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2006
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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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    "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.

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