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Download A Guide to the Birds of East Africa Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas Drayson Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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Reserved, honourable Mr Malik. You wouldn't notice him in a Nairobi street - except, perhaps, to comment on his carefully sculpted comb over - but beneath his unprepossessing exterior lies a warm heart and a secret passion.

Not even his friends at the Asadi Club know it, but Mr Malik is head-over-heels in love with the leader of the Tuesday-morning bird walk of the East African Ornithological Society, Rose Mbikwa. While Mr Malik hesitantly plans how he will ask Rose to the annual Hunt Ball, flashy Harry Khan arrives in town and makes it clear that he too has Rose in his sights.

When Mr Malik blurts out his feelings at the club a wager is set - whoever sees the most birds in a week will ask Rose to the ball. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lou | 2/20/2014

    " This was a delightful combination of genteel satire and love story. Plus I was introduced to many species of birds. Interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Lichen | 2/20/2014

    " Sweet and charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 2/19/2014

    " Well written novel but I struggled with getting into the story initially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darla | 2/12/2014

    " Cute. Funny. Quick read, some what similar to Alexander McCall Smith, but then again not. Charming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/5/2014

    " gave to anne before i finished, but a lovely style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/3/2014

    " I had high hopes for this book since the back cover says that it's "a sort of P.G. Wodehouse meets Alexander McCall Smith." Being a fan of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series I picked it up hoping for something just as entertaining. That said I just didn't think this book was in the same league. I felt like the story plodded along and took for too long getting to where it was going. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something was lacking here. Give this one a try if you love birdwatching, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/31/2014

    " Charming and refreshing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/18/2014

    " Cute story - great characterization (poked fun at the silly behaviors we all have). Interesting setting and a naturalist's perspective on the birds (and people) of Kenya! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquie | 1/3/2014

    " Very light, sweet... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darlene | 12/21/2013

    " Didn't like this book so I didn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 12/15/2013

    " Such a fun and quick read. Easy to empathize with the main character. Lots of laughs and pulls at the heartstrings, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marvin | 12/12/2013

    " A mildly amusing trifle set in Kenya, as two men compete to identify the most different kinds of birds for the right to ask a woman to a ball. A nice design touch: Each chapter heading includes a sketch of a bird mentioned in that chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/10/2013

    " Cute and light-hearted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/6/2013

    " Charming book about a middle-aged birdwatcher in Kenya. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola | 11/6/2013

    " A nice gentle read, very much in the vein of Alexander McCall Smith's books - and marketed as such by the looks of the front cover. I enjoyed it though, even though not much happened plot-wise. Defintely a good summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melki | 7/10/2013

    " A charming tale set in Kenya. Two gentlemen race to see who can spot the most bird species, as the winner gets to ask a certain lady to the club dance. Written in the sweet and gentle style of Alexander McCall Smith, this book proves you're never too old to be a fool for love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 6/11/2013

    " This book, as the title suggests, is not only about the birds of Africa, but it shows us the culture, geography and politics of Kenya. It is a delightful, often funny, story that had me wishing it was longer because I was so enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saira Priest | 5/22/2013

    " I picked this up because of my affection for birds and my intrigue with East Africa and ended up loving the sweetness of the love story. I also enjoyed the cheeky humor of the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 12/1/2012

    " Gentle story of love in Kenya among older people but accurate descriptions on the birds. Predictable, but an enjoyable quick and light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eileen | 10/10/2012

    " This book reminded me of the Ladies Detective series--being set in Africa, but also some of the style of writing. Using the various birds for chapter titles was clever. And I liked the short chapters. Some very interesting "situations" that happened in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Noyes | 8/21/2012

    " Light, enjoyable. Nice enough read, nothing special. Can see where the comparisons to McCall Smith have come from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bnjburg | 7/10/2012

    " super cute read highly recommend "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/28/2012

    " First-rate reading. Subtle and rewarding. The narrator is not afraid to acknowledge himself (in the first person) and his audience (in the second person) every once in a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kt Thames | 11/9/2011

    " Don't know why it took me so long to read this book. It is an easy read and very funny in a quiet way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/26/2011

    " A sweet story about two men competing in a bird-spotting contest, the prize being a chance to ask Rose Mbikwa to the Hunt Club Ball. Besides birds and romance, this book also offered some insight into life in Kenya. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martine Peacock | 7/24/2011

    " A very charming story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/2/2011

    " Much to my surprise, I really did like this book. Such a charming, delightful story. I enjoyed the voice of the narrator which was a bit playful. And Mr. Malik was such an endearing little man. I was sad that the book had to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqui | 5/22/2011

    " A love story set in East Africa involving a bird watching group. A charming and delightful read, the most lovely and refreshing book I have read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/29/2011

    " I thought this book was different and entertaining. I liked the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 4/25/2011

    " An enjoyable read, in the mould of Alexander McCall Smith. An amusing story of a lovelorn, mature Indian man living in Kenya, who enters into a bird spotting escapade to win the heart of a lady. Nothing deep or meaningful in this book, but well written with gentle humour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/13/2011

    " A short charming book in a unique style. Great character study of people in a subtle love triangle. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 3/7/2011

    " just a fun romp. a show off of all the birds available to a bird watcher in africa. With a story that keeps us unexcited about birds reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/21/2011

    " I really loved this gentle love story set in Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/27/2011

    " Loved this charming book about a gentle man who enters a bird-watching contest to win the right to ask the object of his affection to a dance. The story was sweet and the ending was perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/24/2011

    " I found this book delightful. Having lived in East Africa, and having my first baby in Nairobi, I felt like I was coming home. I also felt that the subject of race and dealing with the realities of life in Kenya were realistically potraid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 1/23/2011

    " Like most books about that even hint at mentioning the birds of East Africa, this made me want to leave now. The story of an old fashioned bet, set against the backdrop of politics and nature in Kenya was lovely. The narration was a bit precious, however.
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