Winner of the Miles Franklin Award
Winner of the Encore Award
Winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Prize
Longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction
Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It’s just her, her untamed companion, Dog, and a flock of sheep. Which is how she wanted it to be. But something is coming for the sheep – every few nights it picks one off, leaves it in rags.
It could be anything. There are foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, rumours of an obscure, formidable beast. And there is Jake’s unknown past, perhaps breaking into the present, a story hidden thousands of miles away and years ago, in a landscape of different colour and sound, a story held in the scars that stripe her back.
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By Mick B. on 17-08-14
Annoyingly incomplete and woeful accents!
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I'm afraid this audiobook was ruined for me by the unbelievably bad British accents of the reader. They wavered from vaguely Scottish to Irish, to Yorkshire, to Welsh, to Indian! I just couldn't take it seriously - and as for the imitations of birdsong - I know it's a tall order, and I doubt if I could do them either - but I was in stitches!
Would you recommend All the Birds, Singing to your friends? Why or why not?
No - I found it annoying that the book ended with me having an incomplete picture of the entire story.
Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?
Only if she sticks to her own accent!
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By Amazon Customer on 07-03-16
One of my favorite books from the past few years
What did you like best about this story?
The settings are so real, so beautiful and capture the character's struggle brilliantly. The narrator was great, I wasn't sure about the British parts at first but I decided that it added to the ambiguity of the location and went with it. Having loved the book when reading it myself I was more than happy with the narration.
Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have not but I will be looking out for her in the future!!