Parrot and Olivier in America

  • by Peter Carey
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin, Jonathan Keeble
  • 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Olivier is a French aristocrat, the traumatized child of survivors of the Revolution.
Parrot is the son of an itinerant printer who always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant.
Born on different sides of history, their lives will be brought together by their travels in America. When Olivier sets sail for the New World, ostensibly to study its prisons but in reality to save his neck from one more revolution – Parrot is sent with him, as spy, protector, foe, and foil.
As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, and their picaresque travels together and apart – in love and politics, prisons, and the world of art – Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy, in theory and in practice, with dazzling wit and inventiveness.


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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would, it is just so good. A brilliant storyteller, it has wit, and a great pace. One you should at least try.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked both Parrot and Olivier, all the characters are so well written,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I liked the fire in england best, great imagination and I felt I was there

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have loved Peter Carey books for a long time, but this is my favorite , it made me feel apart of the story.

Any additional comments?

I f you have liked any of Peter Carey's others books this one is well worth listening to.

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- malcolm

Exceptional, need to be fascinated by art France &

The French revolution.How America & New York started, cleverly using the old world to see the development of the new world.
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- Zoë

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2010
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks