- Narrated by: Christa Lewis
- Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-06-17
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Betty Larsen, raising her lover's daughter on her own, waits impatiently for him to return. Skinny old Gertrude, who rounds the block headlong a dozen times a day, hears the bugs beneath the cut grass and the hysteria of a new season happening. And on the next block, Nicky Marodi, just returned from a state hospital for the mentally ill, lurches along in his new freedom. It is the first day of summer vacation, and the trees have blossomed in the brightest green.
Meanwhile, three neighborhood girls band together to explore an abandoned house, where they find mysteries in every room: half-packed boxes, what looks like blood, and the mementos of lives they try to imagine. But theirs is not the only mystery.
In fact mysteries and secrets abound. Betty's lover does not return. Gertrude suddenly experiences a longing she has never known. The girls encounter glints of magic that change each of them unexpectedly, even as a band of marauding teenage hoodlums invade their block and as Nicky lands in jail and the old Italians tend their gardens, claiming the land as their own.
A poetic and luscious paean of a particular place and time, Rare Birds interweaves the stories of these odd and dear characters, who could not have guessed they would be so well remembered.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Mrs L on 15-05-18
Gentle story, annoying sound
The story was nice. It’s a pretty gentle tale, telling the human experiences of a few difficult times. The characters feel very real, and I think a few of them will stay with me for a while.
The audio is not good. The sound is really squelchy, not crisp and clear. In places it sounds as though the reader has a lisp - the ‘s’ is a ‘sch’, but I think it’s the recording quality rather than her speech. I stuck it out, telling myself to enjoy the authentic 1960s crackle, but it was really annoying.
By purlieu on 30-03-18
A story of small town life with a big heart
This is a beautifully told gentle tale of the goings on in a small mining town in 60s U.S. There is intrigue, great observations & character development without judgement. I’m glad I chose this book as part of a 2 for one deal for no other reason than I liked the sound of it.