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Publisher's Summary

Retired to the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, rumored to be a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot.

What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out-a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts? Or do they hold a significance both more prosaic and far more sinister?

Though the solution may be beyond even the reach of the once-famous sleuth, the true story of the boy and his parrot is subtly revealed in a wrenching resolution.

Winner of the 2005 National Jewish Book Award. A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004.

©2006 Michael Chabon (P)2006 AudioGO, Ltd.

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Fun Listen!

I adore Michael Chabon & will read anything written by him. This story is a departure in style & I loved every minute of it. Wonderful, quirky characters, great story & narration. The wordsmithing kept me smiling all through it. I would sometimes scroll back to hear something again because it was so remarkable. Chabon can turn a phrase like no-one else. Wish it was longer, but I'll probably listen again to hear parts I might not have understood the first time. I could listen to Michael York read a menu & be happy, so it wouldn't be much of a chore.

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Nearly meaningless

With sentences than run-on, meander, as rivulets run through sun-baked yards of dirt that haven't seen rain, in what feels like years, when a child's bucket is carelessly toppled as attention turns to the newest shiny novelty, gleaning understanding of the happenings of a loosely connected set of souls was near impossible.

If I'd read it on paper, maybe my opinion would be different. But this is not a writing style that lends itself to the spoken word.

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British mystery lark by a fine fine writer.

Kind of a stylized experiment by Chabon. Fantastic language and listening to Michael York read is always a joy. Not one of Chabon's most stirring or emotive but you can't go wrong in the hands of a master.

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Listen To It

Don't ask questions. Don't contemplate it. Don't wonder at the vivacity of the narrator or the context of the narrative. Just listen to it. Thank me later.

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A Good Listen

First off Michael Chabon is a fine writer. This book is a little different than his usual prose, but it is still a good read/ listen. Recommended if you want to read/listen to another fine offering by this author. Michael York does a solid job of narrating.

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Simply lovely.

Lyrical, poignant, historical. A fitting entry--and perhaps a finale--to a beloved canon. Narrated with care and sensitivity.

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Don’t give up until you’ve heard it all

This did not start out to be a five-star review. In fact I had a hard time getting into it.at all. I even thought about giving up on it. But since it is a small book, I persevered. Now I’m very glad I did because the ending made it all worth it. The end came rather suddenly and it took me up short. I had to ask, “What just happened?” But when I realized what had happened, it took my breath away, and I literally cried. That it is based on a true story just makes it all the better.

This is a story that I probably will never forget. I think about it all the time, and probably will for a long time. My “want to read again someday” list is very short, but this book will go on that list for sure.

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something about the editing is peculiar

Michael York is beyond reproach.

The voice of the author would change from charming and descriptive to some verbose boor in the space of a heartbeat. The two styles are noticably different. This glaring blunder overshadowed the story for me.

I hope the author engages a different editor in subsequent works; this one wasn't a good fit.

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Required Reading

Just a perfectly polished gemstone of a story. Satisfying in every way. I loved it.

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So clever and well written.

Just fabulous. It’s also fairly short, though perfectly paced, so I keep listening to it over and over. The narrator is great, and .I really can’t imagine someone not liking this story. As another reviewer wrote, “Just listen to it and thank me later.” I’m glad I took his advice, and I do sincerely
thank him!