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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerzy Kosinski Narrator: Fred Berman, Michael Arono Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kosinski’s controversial and compelling modern classic is available for the first time on audio.

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 thirty 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 the century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Myra | 2/20/2014

    " This book was brutal and very disturbing. The author vividly portrays the very darkest side of human nature. Yes, there is truth here, and yes, the author brilliantly captures that truth, but I don't need to visit the dark side of the universe to know that it exists. I understand the painted bird, and it saddens me deeply. I prefer hope, and there is no hope in Jerzy Kosinski's view of humanity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Teri Kman | 2/5/2014

    " The kind of book you read, and it never leaves you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by April Miska | 2/2/2014

    " Graphic and disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Charity | 1/31/2014

    " wonderful book, but so distrubing. . . "

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About the Author

Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991) was a Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971). He received numerous awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in Literature, the National Book Award, the Best Screenplay of the Year Award, and the American Civil Liberties Union First Amendment Award.