Samuel West's immaculate narration is the perfect gloss to one of the top books of the 90s and one of my personal favourites of all time. Obviously, if you have read the book before, then an abridged audio version is never going to be quite the same but, if you haven't, then you should find this presentation highly compelling and the abridgements are not apparant. It's a great story, impeccably researched and delivered with care. 4 stars is much as I can give an abridged book, and this earns each of them.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Birdsong depicts the close-up horrors of war better than any book I've ever read. The love story at the beginning was totally overshadowed by the scenes of battle (and in fact, it seemed rather unnecessary and digressive). A beautifully written novel, andt the narrator did it justice.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I've listened to Peter Firth's wonderful narration of the Unabridged Version before and absolutely love this grand and passionate war story.
This version, however, delighted (or moved, to be exact) me even more. Samuel West's extraordinarily smoothing voice brought me into deep thought or let me burst into tears so spontaneously that I can't help feeling being part of the story.
Yet the loss of certain details in this abridged version is quite upsetting, especially the part where Stephen and Weir decided whether or not to kill a bird in the tunnel, or the soldiers singing the chessy ballad together to celebrate their being alive. After all, it's the details that impressed me the most when I first read it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The narrator did a fine job, and if you love Faulks you'll love this book - however I am not a huge fan of "war stories", so there were parts of this book that didn't work for me. However the narration style is calm, quiet, almost sad - which plays well with the tone of the story.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
You will love this book if you like historical novels.
You will love this book if you want to know what trench warfare was like.
The narrator was excellent.
I am not sure how I made it through the story, but in the end found no enjoyment.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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This would make a great movie. It has a little bit of a Lifetime-feel to it but solid and interesting.