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The Strange Bird

A Borne Story
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Borne, Book 2
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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The Strange Bird - from New York Times best-selling novelist Jeff VanderMeer - expands and weaves deeply into the world of his critically acclaimed novel Borne.

The Strange Bird is a new kind of creature, built in a laboratory - she is part bird, part human, part many other things. But now the lab in which she was created is under siege, and the scientists have turned on their animal creations. Flying through tunnels, dodging bullets, and changing her colors and patterning to avoid capture, the Strange Bird manages to escape.

But she cannot just soar in peace above the earth. The sky itself is full of wildlife that rejects her as one of their own, and also full of technology - satellites and drones and other detritus of the human civilization below that has all but destroyed itself. And the farther she flies, the deeper she finds herself in the orbit of the Company, a collapsed biotech firm that has populated the world with experiments both failed and successful that have outlived the corporation itself: a pack of networked foxes, a giant predatory bear. But of the many creatures she encounters with whom she bears some kind of kinship, it is the humans - all of them now simply scrambling to survive - who are the most insidious, who still see her as simply something to possess, to capture, to trade, to exploit. Never to understand, never to welcome home.

With The Strange Bird, Jeff VanderMeer has done more than add another layer to his celebrated novel Borne. He has created a whole new perspective on the world inhabited by Rachel and Wick, the Magician, Mord, and Borne - a view from above, of course, but also a view from deep inside the mind of a creature who will fight and suffer and live for the tenuous future of this world.

©2017 Jeff VanderMeer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I don't know about this one.

Witty and solid writing. Good ideas and flushing out the works build a bit but I just didn't enjoy it.

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Great story and narration but...

This is exactly what was needed to round out Borne and while the narrator was excellent, her voice and tone made me want to take a nap. I don't mean that I was bored but it felt like I was getting read a bedtime story as a child.

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Stunning

I absolutely was stunned by this book, the beginning is kind of slow and hard to get through, but the ending ties everything together and makes it worthwhile. If you have a couple of hours of time, I'd highly recommend this short science fiction novel. :)

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Listen to this one

This was a beautiful, haunting story, which was made even more beautiful by the performance of the reader, whose tone was so intimate that it sounded like the voice of my own thoughts.

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Great

This was a great listen. It’s a short companion piece to Borne. I enjoyed seeing the Borne characters from another perspective.

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Haunting

This book made me cry. It was so beautifully written and performed. It is unforgettable.

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beautiful

Poetic and melancholy, this story drips with vibrance and life, capturing the essence of its world and the strange birds charter from beginning to end. The narrators voice spins personality, longing and anguish into one stunning and breataking tale.

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I love you Vandermeer

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vandermeer is cool

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