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.
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..............
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.
No, they are both good in their own way
Spiro , I want to meet him !
The way he altered his voice for each character
Really glad you did this one - loved the book and loved the audio book
The language paints pictures in my mind. I can feel the air, hear the earth and laugh at the personalities.
There were too many great stories to choose just one. The narration really makes this book "sing." The ending was very lovely.
My favorite character was the mother. She had so many good retorts. The narrator gave so much life to each character though.
Especially in the second book, there were some really wonderful descriptions of the island and its inhabitants.
The production values in the first part of this book seemed off - very fast. So I slowed my IPod down to 1.75. After continuing to listen for some time, it sounded just like in My Family and other Animals which I had just read before I started this book.
"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.
"kids love it"
Children listened to this whilst traveling
the children liked all of it
good wholesome book
"May I really repeat myself?"
Second book of the commonly known "Corfu" trilogy. When I read it for the first time, it was like meeting some dear friends again after quite some time (bear in mind that I read it in Spanish, and a quite colourful translation). It remains my favourite book of this trilogy, as you don't have to have new presentations of the lead characters and the new ones are just a wonderful addition. And, as the prologue says, they are probably the best anecdotes.
In relation to the performance, I don't have the opportunity to make any comparison, because it was Nigel Davenport the one who read the first book. I'll tell after I finish the last one.
"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.
Gentle thoughtful real-life stories of natural world and eccentric characters. Very popular with adults and children.
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