The Painted Bird

  • by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Narrated by Fred Berman, Michael Aronov
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Called by the Los Angeles Times "one of the most imposing novels of the decade" it was eventually translated into more than 30 languages.
A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.

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What the Critics Say

"One of the best. . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity." (Elie Wiesel, The New York Times Book Review)
"Extraordinary... literally staggering...one of the most powerful books I have ever read." (Harper’s magazine)

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Customer Reviews

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Thought provoking and very moving

Please do not give up on this book when it becomes almost unbearably brutal. It is worth listening until the end even if you do have to pause to regroup your thoughts and emotions. The Afterword goes a long way to helping understand the reason the book was written.
This book was hard to listen to but I'm glad I did.
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- Alison Saunders

Enthralling and hard hitting tale

This was a dark story which was hard to get through at times, but gave a realistic feeling of the horrors that war brings. The weak and vulnerable are the ones who suffer most, and the author doesn't hold back in showing this.
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- Newey Beth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-03-2010
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books