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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William J. Cobb Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781464041914
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When a dust storm engulfs her Colorado town and pink snow blankets the streets, a heartbreaking decision faces Ruby Cole, a girl who counts birds. She must either abandon her baby or give in to her father, whom she nicknames Lord God, and marry a man more than twice her age who already has two wives. She chooses to run, which sets in motion an interlocking series of actions and reactions, upending the lives of an equestrian police officer, pawnshop riffraff, a disabled war vet, Nuisance Animal destroyers, and a grieving ornithologist who is studying the decline of bird populations. All the while, a growing criminal enterprise moves from cattle rustling to kidnapping to hijacking fuel tankers and murder as events spin out of control in a world in which the social fabric and economic structures seem on the verge of falling apart.

Set in a time of economic turmoil, virus fears, climate change, fundamentalist cults, and illegal immigrant hardship, The Bird Saviors is a visionary story of defiance, anger, compassion, and unexpected love, in which a young woman ultimately struggles to free herself from her domineering father, to raise her daughter in the chaos of the New West, and to seize an opportunity to become something greater herself. In this brilliant new novel, William Cobb offers not only an elemental and timely vision of resilience and personal survival, but—most of all—of honest hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bill Cobb’s The Bird Saviors is a stark modern-day Old Testament story in which the evil that men do is barely balanced by the good that a few manage to achieve. It’s a gritty harrowing story set in a dust-blown Colorado town that seems filled with vivid characters. Cobb’s expert storytelling compels us forward scene by scene to a final satisfying redemption.”

    Kent Haruf, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A novel told with an unexpected and appealing warmth; the characters in The Bird Saviors become increasingly memorable, page by page, and the story pulled me in without hullabaloo or fuss—this is good, confident storytelling.”

    Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A timeless story of love and redemption, a classic tale of good vs. evil, and a can’t-miss page-turner that leaves readers wanting more.”

    ForeWord magazine

  • “A fascinating story of success in spite of chaos, opportunity in spite of despair, and love in spite of hate.”


  • Selected for the June 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chantel McCray | 12/16/2013

    " Dystopia. Old Testament style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mario Saverino | 12/12/2013

    " I'm not sure if I liked this book? I did not hate it, yet it felt like something was missing. I do know I did not like the ending. However, I did like the style in which it was written, kind of like a black and white movie wanting to be in color. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/8/2013

    " While it took me a bit of time to get into this dystopian tale, I'm really glad I stuck with it. The characters come alive through description and actions. These are real people, not perfect, but trying to do their best in a difficult world. I very much recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Hyde | 8/31/2013

    " Not a bad book. Only gave it three stars because it wasn't a book that really made me ignore my children crying so I could read it, but good enough that I wanted to find out what happened in the end. I finished it and felt just fine with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Krall | 8/25/2013

    " Captures the feeling of open space and nature in the midst of telling a story of becoming. I really liked Ruby, and enjoyed her battle for independence and security. And the birds form a nature backdrop that appeals to anyone who senses nature through the sounds and flight of birds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry Varnis | 6/3/2013

    " Kind of a strange one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 3/14/2013

    " Grabbed it off the new books shelf sight unseen. Not bad. Reasonable dysfunctional characters, more or less regular human beans. Probably look for other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James H. | 2/13/2013

    " Kind of dark, nihilistic, definitely dystopian. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, but I found it's style compelling and ideas appealing, and wound up liking it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanine | 12/21/2012

    " Great storyline but the character development of Ruby and get father were very undeveloped. I needed more details to go on to believe his gentle side. "

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About the Author
Author William J. Cobb

William J. Cobb is the author a book of stories, The White Tattoo, and several novels, including the critically acclaimed Goodnight, Texas. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and many other magazines. He has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Sandstone Prize, and an Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for the Novel.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.