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3.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 53.87 out of 5 3.87 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jerzy Kosinski Narrator: Fred Berman, Michael Aronov Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781615730810
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A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during WWII. This classic, originally published in 1965, is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. The first novel by one Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 April Miska | 2/2/2014

    " Graphic and disturbing. "

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

    " wonderful book, but so distrubing. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/29/2014

    " This book is brutal... I read it many years ago and it's passages haunt me till today... not for the faint of heart. If you have ever wonder what the price of war is on parentless lost children or what hell on earth might be like....enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karena | 1/28/2014

    " I read this as a teenager. Very disturbing and haunting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P. D. Griffith | 1/28/2014

    " This book was good...hardcore, gory at times, but good. If you want to read something that really showcases the horrors of a war-torn country, read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 1/27/2014

    " Horrific and depressing. When I was young my mother had a box of paperbacks behind the sofa. I assumed these books were the ones she did not want me to read. The Painted Bird was one of those books. This story stayed with me for a very long time and is a book I have never forgotten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zak | 1/16/2014

    " So Far, So Good. Thanks Kat! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/10/2014

    " Holy crap. Intense and brilliant. Much controversy surrounds the author, but the book itself is a stunner. Read it for the first time at age 12 and have never gotten it out of my head. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sunyatta | 1/10/2014

    " Beautiful and sad. endlessly honest and brutal. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy Dickinson | 1/6/2014

    " This is one of the few books I have read that gave me so many nightmares I could not finish it. I started to read the book after having heard Kosinski speak in a lecture series. The Painted Bird is very well written and presents a story that is cruel, graphic, and horrible. I don't recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 J.C. | 12/22/2013

    " thirty five pages and decided to quit. wasn't looking forward to the rape and incest and bestiality that was supposed to be coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 12/18/2013

    " this book is flawless. even if the subject matter (ww2) appears tiresome give this book a chance. it is absolutely unique, in terms of story and execution of story. this is also a possibly based on what actually happened to the author, but he neither confirms or denies.... "

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

    " one of the most disturbing books i've read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BarbaraNathalie | 7/26/2013

    " I always thought that this devestating book was autobiographical. I read it during my teen years, and it seared my young heart. It was within "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 7/10/2013

    " Probably one of the most depressing books I've ever read. Be warned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Ernst | 4/14/2013

    " A lesson in the brutality and ignorance of the human species. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Trautz | 5/17/2012

    " this was a terrifying novel. Its not as authentic of an account as I had hoped/feared. Anybody interested in gypsy folklore or historical fiction should check it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristi | 5/12/2012

    " wow, was this a teenageboy that wrote this?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 12/30/2011

    " Powerful fable of childhood during WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg of A2 | 12/27/2011

    " I read this book many years ago but the journey of the little boy still haunts me. It is a phenomenal work by an unusual writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 5/20/2011

    " One of the best books I have EVER read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thadd | 5/17/2011

    " A dark story about a boy's struggle to survive. Read this at your own risk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huma | 5/4/2011

    " Compelling. That's the only word for this book. I can't say I liked it or thought it was fun because this book is ... heavy. Horrifying. Deep. Terrifying. Heartbreaking. And the best way to encompass all of that is to say it's compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cj | 4/6/2011

    " Jesus, just as depressing when I read it awhile ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikos79 | 3/11/2011

    " Hard, violent, brutal, sadistic sometimes. However i couldnt miss saying that it's an easy reading that keeps you alerted from the beggining till the end, forcing you to finish it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Porbeagles | 3/7/2011

    " most twisted thing ive ever read
    equally tragic and horrifying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phillip | 2/15/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read. It genuinely affected me as I was reading it. The book comes across as being written as an autobiography but apparently was not. Kosinski lead an interesting life and some of this was no doubt used in the book.
    Very moving and disturbing in parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady | 2/6/2011

    " So heartbreaking that I can't bring myself to write a proper review. But trust me, it is most worthy of your time. How the author managed to survive the things that happened to him I can't begin to imagine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/27/2011

    " fascinerend, gruwelijk, niet neer te leggen en toch blijf je achter met een rotgevoel "

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About the Author
Jerzy Kosinski won France's Best Foreign Book Award for The Painted Bird, the National Book Award in Fiction for Steps, and received the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters' Award in Literature. He is also the author of Being There, The Devil Tree, Cockpit, Blind Date, Passion Play and Pinball, and of several nonfiction works. His books have been translated into most major languages. Mr Kosinski taught English at Wesleyan, Princeton and Yale Universities. He was the President of the American Center of P.E.N., an association of writers and editors, and was active in many human rights organisations. He died in 1991.
About the Narrator

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration. A theater, film, and television actor, his credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.