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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Wharton Narrator: Jim Colby, James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This masterful National Book Award winner explores the shattering effects of war on the human mind.

Growing up, Birdy dreams of flying like a bird and shares these fantasies with his best friend, Al. Years later, World War II sends both men to hospitals - Al for physical wounds and Birdy for psychological trauma. When Birdy falls into a catatonic state, it is Al who tries to pull him out. 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 by Angela Young | 2/20/2014

    " Told by two narrators who were childhood friends, Al and Birdy, this is a strange and poetic story about a man who always wanted to be a bird. The only thing is that Birdy's words are in his head, not spoken aloud (unsurprisingly for a bird). Al's words are spoken to Birdy who is in a secure cell in a mental hospital. Al has been persuaded by Birdy's psychiatrist to come and talk to his childhood friend, to try to get through to him, to try to persuade him out of his catatonic state. The book is also about the horrors of war (Al has recently returned from a war) ... and ultimately about what it is to be a human being in a world that can frighten you into the very inside of yourself. It is a thoughtful beautiful novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicki | 2/8/2014

    " This books is VERY strange, but unforgettable. It is about old childhood friends who have both gone to war and are meeting again under unfortunate circumstances, scarred and disfigured in their separate ways. The narrator, Alfonso, was the stronger, popular, sexually savvy of the two friends when they were younger, who had an abusive Italian father who left him with serious anger management issues. His bosum buddy turned estranged, freak-a-zoidal PTSD friend, calls himself Birdy. Birdy's childhood/adolescent dream, which he did everything to realize, was to fly, and eventually, to be a bird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Celine | 2/1/2014

    " Just as terrific on re-reading as it was the first time around. I have no idea, though, how it was made into a movie. Must get out on DVD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by roberrrrrrrrrrrrrrrt | 1/22/2014

    " this is a fantastic dual narration about two friends who go to war. one is your everyday stereotypical jock while the other has this facination with birds and hopes of becoming one some day. a great book which questions what is true insanity and what is freedom. an argument can be made that the language and writing isn't that stellar but the defense for that is that the writing reflects the youth and immaturity of these 19-year-old boys sent off to war. i read this while i was in high school and at the time felt it was my own story. this is probably one of the most personally influencial books i've read. it isn't the best but because i felt like i connected to it so deeply, i have to hold this high. "

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