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I found this superb, well-written and extremely well-narrated audiobook to be a delight. The tale itself is a riviting "page-turner" unlike any other. And the fantastic reader/narrator truly made me believe I was hearing each and every character very distinctly, as he is a marvel with accents and intonation and deadpan humor. I laughed out loud many, many times as I followed the very eccentric ex-pat English family into - and out of - their adventures in Greece, as seen through their naive and wonderfully animal-crazy young son. I could relate so much to this story, as I was a similar, very curious ex-pat child myself, driving my family to distraction with stray and wild critters I brought home, marveling at each one. But I would recommend this audiobook to anyone, ex-pat or not, at any age above 12, and even whethor or not they've traveled a bit with their families. Anyone can appreciate the quirks of other cultures and people as told in this book. There are many memorable moments in the book, but I will never forget "Boodle Trinketbottom" as long as I live! This book absolutely earns five stars!
79 of 81 people found this review helpful
Having first read this book over 30 years ago I was eager to relive the experience. The audio book did not disappoint. Durrell writes one anecdote after another and all of them are a delight. This book is light, witty, wonderful entertainment.
His writing is deliciously descriptive and makes Corfu sound completely irresistible. It also makes his family sound gloriously insane. I loved every minute of it just as I did the first time around. This book made me an instant Durrell convert who then went on to read every book of his that I could find.
69 of 71 people found this review helpful
The first of the Corfu trilogy. Arguably the most popular book Durrell has written, later filmed for TV. Full of funny anecdotes about his eccentric family and friends, with a good dose of animals too. Every time I listen to this I long to be in Corfu with all its inhabitants, human and otherwise as well as the beautiful backdrop of the island itself which Durrell so vividly describes. I listen to this audio book regularly and never tire of it. If this is the first Durrell book you listen to then it's a good start and a must for all those, who like me, love Durrell's books.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
I downloaded this because I remembered how much I loved it and laughed out loud when I read it as a teenager (several centuries ago). I have to say that I was slightly disappointed by the second visit but I think this was to do with my SOH moving on. Years ago Larry seemed hilarious and enviably sardonic; now he seemed boringly selfish and even began to get on my nerves. That said there was still loads to enjoy and I listened with pleasure to the end. I loved revisiting Corfu in my mind and the best things are Gerry himself and his adventures with his animals. Nigel Davenport does a great job of narration. I specially admired his ability to characterise the Greeks without making them sound over-comic.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to My Family and Other Animals again? Why?
This is a wonderful book. My wife introduced me to the book when we first met. She discovered it by accident. They were giving it away at her local library along with many other books. We've read it together many times over the years and have recommended it to others. Everyones gets back to us wanting to buy it for themselves! Those that don't know about it are seriously missing out on a fantastic read! I've been looking for un unabridged audiobook version of this book for a vey long time. The narration is fantastic too!
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gerry is my favourite character. He is the books narrator
What does Nigel Davenport bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narration brings the book to life. It is clear and expressive
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The family are the most exotic specimens of the menagerie!
Any additional comments?
Buy it Now! You won't be disappointed! I don't write many reviews but I was compelled to write one for this book! Enough said.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Found the book incredibly boring. The soporific narator did not help. there is no story line, it is simply a family holiday photo slide show in book form.