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The Garden of the Gods

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The enchanted island of Corfu was home to Gerald Durrell and his family for five years before the Second World War. For the passionate young zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts that he could collect watch and care for. But life was not without its problems - Gerald’s family often objected to his animal-collecting activities, especially when the beasts wound up in the family’s villa or even worse - the fridge.

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  • Brimar50
  • 18/01/2012

Refreshingly Different

What made the experience of listening to The Garden of the Gods the most enjoyable?

The witty and brightly-natured 'British' characters contributed to the light-hearted and entertaining stories of their new life as a family in Corfu. Each chapter depicts a fascinating interaction between the family, visitors from far reaches and the local inhabitants.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Garden of the Gods?

The family party complete with vaudevillian acts for their own entertainment!

What about Christopher Timothy’s performance did you like?

He displays a wealth of character portrayals which seem so accurate. His reading shows a great sense of timing which is necessary maximise the author's humour.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yes it made me laugh at the situational humour and the 'one-liners' that abound.

Any additional comments?

The fun of this book was heightened by clever descriptive language which suits our characters so well.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 08/08/2011

Loved it!

Can't wait for the final instalment of the Cofru trilogy!!
The book is advertised as being read by Nigel Davenport, but the download gave me a recording of it by Christopher Timothy. He is still a wonderful reader of the story, but it may be a little surprising when you first begin the story if you're expecting to hear Davenport's voice.
Certainly not a problem overall and I highly recommend this series.

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  • yankeeinseattle
  • 23/04/2018

Why change the narrator?

Where does The Garden of the Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved the book. The narrator was just ok. He paused at awkward moments, and didn't seem to know how to pronounce certain words.
I sorely missed the previous narrator of these books.

What other book might you compare The Garden of the Gods to and why?

Can't think of any. I loved the off-beat characters and the descriptions of everything happening at once. Very skillfully written.

What didn’t you like about Christopher Timothy’s performance?

Unnatural pauses in phrasing, like he wasn't really paying attention, or didn't understand the gist of the sentence.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes.

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  • DFK
  • 12/07/2017

Delightful fun

Durrell's got a group of wonderful eccentric characters and a family with a dynamic that will make you think your family is sane and forgive your big brother for practicing wrestling holds on you or cheating at Monopoly. He'll also make you want to visit Corfu. I'm not sure that he'll convince you to be a naturalist - it's fun to hear about the animals and the adventures, but I wouldn't want to deal with the messes, the need to get food for carnivores, etc., etc,, and I hope he won't convince you to capture so many animals rather than to leave them in their natural habitat. Durrell's writing is a pleasure, as is Christopher Timothy's narration, though I did like Nigel Davenport's narration of the previous volume better.

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  • IMKate
  • 18/04/2017

Just plain fun!

Would you listen to The Garden of the Gods again? Why?

I listened to The Garden of the Gods after Durrell's other two books about his family's adventures on Corfu. I could easily and happily just start over from the beginning today, and I am not much for re-reading, or re-listening to, books I have already experienced. Durrell's descriptions are clever and poignant, his characters vivid, and his stories are charming. It is quite simply fun to read stories that make you laugh out loud.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Timothy – was your favorite?

Mrs. Durrell, of course. Her lines are best, and somehow, her femininity is not lost by the male narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mrs. Durrell's responses to Captain Creech's performance at the concluding birthday party.

Any additional comments?

This book, along with the other two in the trilogy are the perfect escape.

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  • Julie E. Hodges
  • 03/11/2018

Wonderful!

Such a delightful and colorful storyteller. I laughed so many times! The narrator was excellent. I Highly recommend this book.

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  • Susan Riston
  • 08/10/2018

Good stories, mediocre narration

I love these books and this book is no disappointment except for the audio performance by Christopher Timothy. I have the James Herriot books that are narrated by Timothy, and Timothy does an excellent job narrating those books. However, I think he does a bad job on this book. Maybe if I hadn't grown so used to hearing Nigel Davenport narrate these books I wouldn't have been so disappointed. Timothy talks way too fast and in some places I can't even understand what he said. His inflections are not nearly as good as Davenports, either. All in all, I am very disappointed in the audio performance of this book.

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  • Thoughtful Learner
  • 14/07/2018

...and added Gerald Durrell to my heroes list.

A revelatory combination of the awe of life that surrounds us and the human comedy within which we experience it. I laughed out loud and learned and grew and added Gerald Durrell to my heroes list.

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  • Vicki Perizzolo
  • 15/12/2017

The garden of the gods

I thought I'd read everything Gerry Durrell had written but these are new. His family was so entertaining anti I doubt his mum intended that. Love Creech , Spiro, Theo and the rest

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  • Jean Narozanski
  • 22/03/2017

Funny and delightful

loved it. More please. other books by Gerald Darrell. The slightly dysfunctional family makes me laugh out loud