• by Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by Peter Firth
  • 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Searingly dispassionate in its account of life in the trenches and the commonplace nature of death, Peter Firth's narration of Sebastian Faulks's wartime epic is as shocking as it is honest.
Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.
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Modern classic, beautifully narrated

Truely enjoyed this book, it's pretty epic, covering the great war and more. The character development is excellent and the words of Sebastian Faulks paint an wonderful picture of pre war France and the struggles of the soldiers in the war itself, the description of the Battle of Somme is especially heart-rendering.

What made this audiobook for me was the narration by the great Peter Firth (more known for his lead role in BBC drama "Spooks"). For the first 15 minutes I thought it was a little monotone and lacking in emotion however as the story developed I discovered his tone was in fact perfect for the drama to come.

The book is beautiful phrased and a true modern classic and the narration does in justice. A rewarding book well worth the investment and effort.

A final point, the book obviously revolves around World War One, however the book is more than a "war novel", it's a broad tale of the struggles of identity and includes some very well written female characters.
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- Declan

An exceptionally well told story........

Being of that generation to whom the First World War still arouses deep passions (my grandfather undured & survived the Somme & Ypres) I was a initially anxious that this book was not going to portray an accurate picture of that dreadful period in history.
This impression arose from the first part of the story which detailed in perhaps too graphic a manner, the principal character's exploits in France in 1911.
However, my anxieties were allayed - although my emotions were truly stirred - by the subsequent descriptions of life in (and under) the trenches as the Great War developed.
Faulks' story line is really quite brilliant and Peter Firth's rendition of it is of the highest order.
The end of the story, when it came, was not unlike the end of the War itself....not so much a time to celebrate a job well done but to reflect on what it was really all about.
I drew my conclusions and I recommend that you listen to it & draw your own.
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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-02-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks