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From number one best-selling author Lisa Jewell, author of The Family Upstairs, Watching You and Then She Was Gone.

An unforgettable story about a family with a terrible secret.

When a tragedy breaks a family apart, what can bring it back together?

The Birds seem to be the perfect family: mother, father, four children, a picture-book cottage in the country.

But one Easter weekend, something happens - something so unexpected, so devastating, that no-one can bring themselves to talk about it.

The family shatters, seemingly for good.

Until, years later, they are forced to return to the house they grew up in and to confront what really broke the family apart.

©2020 Lisa Jewell, Rachael Beresford (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • katie cullen
  • 04-11-2020

love it

another incredible and gripping book. this book takes you on emotional rollercoaster, can't recommend enough

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  • Vicki
  • 21-10-2020

not a good narrator

could barely follow the story due to bad narrator. had to speed it up to 1.25 just to cope!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-2020

Awful narration.

I liked the book and the premise. The narrator was absolutely AWFUL. The accent of the Irish character in particular very nearly made me unable to continue to listen to it. I persevered however as I wanted to hear the rest of the story. I can't believe it was approved as a release by such a respected author though.

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  • Moll
  • 27-11-2020

Very long and drawn out family saga

Very different to lisa jewels other books. Not a thriller at all but a very long , very repetetive family saga. Narrator accents are terrible and very flat overall. The book could easily have been cut in half as very little happened in the plot except hoarding, feuding and dysfunction . Disapointing except for the mum who was great and dreamy and reminiscent of Mrs Dalloway in to the lighthouse.

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  • Jodie
  • 10-11-2020

Waste of a credit

I love Lisa Jewell but this one was a real let down! A family drama easy enough to listen to and the characters were good but the plot not interesting enough

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  • MF Glasgow
  • 17-10-2020

Worth listening but not her best

Lisa Jewell draws you in no matter the storyline. This was no exception. It is not my favourite though. There are some really interesting and illuminating insights into mental health and family dynamics, but it seemed a bit too contrived or extreme at times, especially as some of the characters' life choices unfolded. I agree with some other reviews that the accents weren't always very good but it didn't detract much for me; the narration overall I thought was really very good especially as it was fine for most of the main characters.

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  • Pixie81
  • 14-10-2020

Great story, awful narrator!

Definitely a 5* worthy novel ruined by terrible narration. I sped it up to 1.25, which helped a bit but nothing can help the awful accent attempts. Still, another jewel from Lisa Jewell!!

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  • annie warr
  • 02-10-2020

As good as all her books

All the books I listen to by Lisa Jewell are very easy to read. I enjoyed this one too. There is always a twist at the end of her books, sometimes a little out of the blue that she uses to tie everything together but I would prefer that than it being left unsolved. Very easy to read, will read even more of her books.

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  • Sinead C.
  • 26-09-2020

Good story but unnecessary awful attempt at accent

Enjoyed the story of this incredibly damaged family but found the narrators awful attempt at an Irish accent very off putting.

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  • LAURA HENRY
  • 23-09-2020

Not her best but still a good listen

I have read / listened to most of the authors work, and really enjoyed it. This book is not my favourite so far, but it is still well written and a good book to listen to.

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