Birds Without Wings tells of the inhabitants of a small coastal town in South West Anatolia in the dying days of the Ottoman empire: the local Potter and fount of proverbial wisdom; a Christian girl of legendary beauty; childhood friends who play in the hills above the town, and the two holy men of different faiths, who greet each other with the words 'infidel efendi'.
©2004 Louis de Bernières (P)2005 W. F. Howes Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 20-11-14

An awful lot of description

This is one of those books that I feel I should have enjoyed and that maybe I'm to blame for being bored by it. I listened to hours and hours of detailed descriptions of scenery, clothing and customs. I'm all for creating atmosphere, but as a background to a story and not an end in itself. Far too many characters are introduced with names I can't remember. I kept wondering is anything actually going to happen. The prospect of 28 hours of this was too daunting and I gave up. The book has some of the same ingredients as the excellent Captain Corelli's Mandolin by the same author, but none of the magic and narrative drive.
I found the narration in put-on Turkish/Greek accents got irritating after a while.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on 05-01-15

Poor narration

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

I would not recommend this audiobook to a friend. The narrator's 'pretend' voices/accents just grated. Everything sounded the same, and everything sounded dull.

If you’ve listened to books by Louis De Bernieres before, how does this one compare?

This was my first Louis de Bernieres book, read or listened to. I'd be willing to give another book by the same author a try, because it may well be that it was the narration that was dull, not the prose.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Kay’s performance?

It made me want to fall asleep. I don't know if it was because he was trying to do different voices for different characters, or because he was attempting a Greek/Turkish/Mediterranean accent, but I found listening dull.

Was Birds Without Wings worth the listening time?


Any additional comments?

I tried over and over to get into it but gave up in the end. I really don't like doing that because usually if one perseveres the book grabs your interest and I don't like wasting a credit on a book I don't finish; I feel I haven't had my money's worth. Maybe this would be a better book if read by a different narrator, or if I read the actual book myself.

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