My Family and Other Animals

  • by Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by Hugh Bonneville
  • 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The book is an autobiographical account of five years in the childhood of naturalist Gerald Durrell. The book is divided into three sections, marking the three villas in which the family lived on the island. Apart from Gerald (the youngest) and Larry, the family comprised their widowed mother, the gun-mad Leslie, and diet-obsessed sister Margo together with Roger the dog.
They are fiercely protected by their taxi-driver friend Spiro (Spyros "Americano" Chalikiopoulos) and mentored by the polymath Dr Theodore Stephanides who provides Gerald with his education in natural history. Other human characters, chiefly eccentric, include Gerald's private tutors, the artistic and literary visitors Larry invites to stay, and the local peasants who befriend the family. An audio treat for those young and old.

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What the Critics Say

"Hugh Bonneville gives a lovely reading… Delicious!" (Daily Express)

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Customer Reviews

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A rare ole time!

What made the experience of listening to My Family and Other Animals the most enjoyable?

Gerald Durrell's autobiographical account of his childhood days in Korfu is hilarious and has, in my opinion, stood the tests of time just fine. Hugh Bonneville's reading is very good, he underpins the story without stealing the limelight.


Any additional comments?

Highly recommended if you don't crave dystopian modernity.

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- Eilert

Humorous and undemanding

A gentle and comical reminiscence about the the author's childhood in Corfu with interesting insights into the lives and attitudes of other members of his family including his elder brother Lawrence.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2010
  • Publisher: CSA Word