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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.
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By Rebecca on 09-07-14

The antidote to stress

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..............

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By RedAunt on 03-05-12

One of my favorites by Gerald Durrell

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.

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By Mr on 04-13-13

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.

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By Heidi on 10-07-14

kids love it

Would you consider the audio edition of Birds, Beasts and Relatives to be better than the print version?

Children listened to this whilst traveling

What other book might you compare Birds, Beasts and Relatives to, and why?

Not sure

Which character – as performed by Nigel Davenport – was your favourite?

the children liked all of it

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

good wholesome book

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By Readalot on 02-18-17

Over Familiar... not the fault of the book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would, if that person enjoyed Gerald Durrell's books

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The affectionate portrait of the times... The fact that I've read it numerous times in my youth made it less attention-grabbing than it should have been.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The dinner with the countess

If this book were a film would you go see it?

I might, but as I go to the cinema so rarely...

Any additional comments?

I loved this series when I was young, but I over-read it, I think.

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