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  • The Painted Bird

  • By: Jerzy Kosinski
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Michael Aronov
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A guided tour of Hell.

  • By Shawn on 12-01-11

Extremely difficult

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-27-10

While I made it through this book - I did not enjoy it. I understand the author is making a point about the horrors of war on a civilian population - but the increasing depravity and horrid descriptions of the atrocities inflicted on animals, the protagonist, women, and a few men - were terrible to listen to. At the end, there is no satisfying conclusion to the story and it seemed sadistic and I felt a little dirty and disgusted at having listened to it all the way through. I would NOT recommend listening to this book. There was one scene in particular where I had to go into the bathroom and retch - it was that horrific.

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