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Brought to you by Penguin.

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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nice one by Lisa jewell

well a bit slow but very narrative and characters are very well described . thank you

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  • Vicki
  • 21-10-20

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
  • 12-08-20

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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  • Rachael
  • 29-11-20

Narration very irritating, story was ok

Awful narration, but wanted to get through it. ok story, but I was waiting for the twist

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  • Pixie81
  • 14-10-20

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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  • Lara D.
  • 24-01-21

Questionable accents!

I always enjoy Lisa Jewell books for easy listening and I enjoyed the story of this one (if a little drawn out and slow going compared to her other stories) - however I so nearly gave up several times due to awful portrayals of accents by the narrator that made me cringe! I’m not sure how this was signed off to be honest because they were so inconsistent and just terrible - don’t get me started on the ‘Australian’. I know some people found this boring but I found the in-depth analysis of the characters and their inner-thoughts quite interesting.

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  • Moll
  • 27-11-20

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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  • katie cullen
  • 04-11-20

love it

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

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  • Sinead C.
  • 26-09-20

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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  • lynn Bloomfield
  • 06-06-21

not bad

enjoyed the book but was expecting a good twist at the end and it fell a bit flat, narrator was good though

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-21

Amazing stuff. !

This book is so well written , it should be a drama on TV. It was gripping. I wasn't sure of it at first, but I soon got hooked. Its not a book to listen to if you want to be cheered up , but it's so good that you won't want to stop listening. There is not a boring page in it. My first book by Lisa Jewel and will be reading / listening to more. I think the narrator was perfect for the book. I don't get why so many people complained. She did the voice so perfectly of the main character I could imagine her easily. It's the type of book that needs a thoughtful and dreamy narrator, if people are so nitpicking, why do they bother paying for Audible ?