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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Faulks Narrator: Samuel West Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN:
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Set before and during the Great War, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives to the unprecedented experience of the war itself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 2/19/2014

    " Wow. Chiarascuro in a book. Light and extreme darkness and how it comes together. Beautiful, sensual writing, what a story! I perhaps would have preferred it to not have the more modern part at the end with the granddaughter, but I'm so glad it was part of a chronology and not used as a frame to the telling of the story. In a way, the three parts of the book are more like a sermon than a story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Daniels | 2/18/2014

    " Intense and vivid, shifts from the first part pre-war brilliant moments of personal experience to a sort of distance from experience mid-war. Interesting but not his best, which I would definitely say is either Charlotte Grey or The Girl at Lion D'Or. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adil | 1/17/2014

    " Not sure I've read a better novel than this. The first 100 pages are completely absorbing. Top drawer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kateandthegirlz | 1/17/2014

    " So so sad and beautiful. Read it and be outraged about the absolute futility of war (see Unbroken for a continuance of this theme too) but then amazed about the resilience of the human spirit. Fantastic book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kidda | 1/6/2014

    " favourite ever read would recommend to anyone however, the ending blew me away "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pattij | 1/6/2014

    " tenderly and beautifully written love story that really transports the reader to distant times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Mcsweeney | 1/2/2014

    " Did not enjoy this at all but I think I finished it. I read it when i was around 13 or 14 so maybe i should revisit it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/2/2014

    " I would never choose this book but, my husband read it and encouraged me to read it. I was not disappointed as it was so moving. I am not a fan of historical fiction but, in this case could not put the book down. I was moved by the characters and felt that I understood WW2 by far better after this book. Amazing book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 12/16/2013

    " To be totally honest i think this book was hyped up so much to me before hand that i couldn't properly enjoy it. However i found it very moving and was taken in by the strong characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Canann | 12/6/2013

    " This beautifully written story, set in the First World War, has an abundance of historic detail. It is deeply compassionate, but also gloomy. It reminds us of the waste of war, especially this one fought in the trenches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tilly Mint | 11/22/2013

    " A good friend lent me this book, far too many years ago to remember, at a time when I had fallen out of love with reading. This book succeeded in rekindling the love, and as a result a day has not passed when I have not found time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julian | 10/30/2013

    " Moved me to tears a few times. A little bit disjointed in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elinore | 12/24/2012

    " This is excellent. So much about WWI I didn't know. The sex, by the way, is sizzling...But the story is fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alnoory. | 5/26/2012

    " This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least 3 years. I loved the story. It is graphic in both depictions of love and war with WW1 being the focus. The author portrays quite well the heartache of both love and war. Just wonderful! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayelene | 4/30/2012

    " The best description of life at the front line that I have ever read. My favourite war story of all time (so far!), closely followed by Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 2/20/2012

    " Awesome book. Puts you on the front lines, or in this case, under them. A bit claustrophobic at times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/11/2011

    " Read it for the war story -excellent...the romance not so much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ian | 5/10/2011

    " This was a little disappointing. I had hoped for more. And the ending was just a waste to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adil | 5/8/2011

    " Not sure I've read a better novel than this. The first 100 pages are completely absorbing. Top drawer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 5/2/2011

    " Up close look at WWI. The romantic story the book begins with serves as a backdrop for the characters' war experiences. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnie | 4/30/2011

    " Long winded but a very capturing story line. It's a (semi) love story that takes place in France during WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 4/25/2011

    " Taken me years to get round to reading it and it didn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Millie | 4/19/2011

    " The WWI scenes were so graphically violent I sometime had to skip an entire page. Tragic story with scenes of redemption - amazing writing. I read somewhere that this book is on the BBC Big Read list. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric | 4/9/2011

    " Plodding writing, unlikable characters, clinically written "erotic" passages... I gave up after 100 or so pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhianne | 4/8/2011

    " I liked this much, much more than I expected to. At first, I was more than a little intimidated by it's length, however, it took me relatively little time to finish. I found it a profoundly sad story, but not a depressing one and more importantly, a beautifully written story. "

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About the Author
Author Sebastian Faulks

Sebastian Faulks’ six previous novels include Birdsong (1993), Charlotte Gray (2000), The Girl at the Lion d’Or (1989), and On Green Dolphin Street (2001). He is also the author of a biographical study, The Fatal Englishman (1996). He lives in London, is married, and has two sons and a daughter.

About the Narrator

Samuel West’s theater work includes ENRON, Hamlet for the RSC, and starring opposite his father Timothy in A Number. His TV credits include Cambridge Spies, Any Human Heart, Eternal Law, and Mr. Selfridge, and he has narrated many TV documentaries. Among his films are Hyde Park on Hudson, Van Helsing, Iris, Persuasion, and Howards End. He has also directed ten plays and two operas.