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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..............
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I cannot give this book enough stars. Even with certain things that could be considered detractors, I just loved this book as much as I loved the first one, and will no doubt, listen to it over and over again. Even with the narrator at times making strange breathing noises in his more animated characterizations, and other swallowing or mouth sounds, I still totally enjoyed it. His quirky characterizations and narration actually brings the story to life. The humor is SO extremely dry that on first glance it would appear to be dull. But, this crazy and eccentric family has kept me entertained and laughing through another book and wondering what will they do next.
I was first introduced to Gerald Durrell when his first book, My Family and other Animals showed up on my kids' reading list. I was dreading it, as I don't always get British humor. Nor was I expecting it to be humorous at all. I thought it was about a naturalist exploring Corfu. And, I think what makes this work so well is that he isn't trying to be funny. He's just telling stories of his childhood as seen through his child's eyes while being part of this totally unconventional, yet very "English" family. It's full of colorful characters, laugh out loud moments, and just so much fun. I'm on to the third book in the series.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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?
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?
Any additional comments?
good wholesome book
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Davenport is really great but I wish Hugh Bonneville would redo the full series unabridged.
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.