The Bird Sisters [Audiobook Review]

Title: The Bird Sisters
Author: Rebecca Rasmussen
Narrator: Xe Sands
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 304
Audio: 8.1 hours
Year: 2011
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Source: Library
Book Rating: 2/5
Audio Rating: 3.5/5


From the publisher:

When a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds’ heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can’t, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who’ve brought them. These spinster sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

But back in the summer of 1947, Milly and Twiss knew nothing about trying to mend what had been accidentally broken. Milly was known as a great beauty with emerald eyes and Twiss was a brazen wild child who never wore a dress or did what she was told. That was the summer their golf pro father got into an accident that cost him both his swing and his charm, and their mother, the daughter of a wealthy jeweler, finally admitted their hardscrabble lives wouldn’t change. It was the summer their priest, Father Rice, announced that God didn’t exist and ran off to Mexico, and a boy named Asa finally caught Milly’s eye. And, most unforgettably, it was the summer their cousin Bett came down from a town called Deadwater and changed the course of their lives forever.

My Thoughts:

Oh, readers. This was not the book for me and I don’t really have much to say except that.

It kind of felt like nothing happened for long periods of time. I was bored and never got into the story. I kept wondering what the point of the story was. To me it was like she was telling a story that didn’t need to be told.

The writing itself was good. It was the story that lost me. I will be interested to see what else Rasmussen writes, though I will be a bit hesitant to give it a read.

This book got a lot of stellar reviews. Do a quick search and I’m sure you will see plenty. It just wasn’t the book for me.

Audiobook Thoughts:

I’m a little sad that this was my first time listening to Xe Sands. We are friendly on Twitter and I have wanted to listen to her for a long time. Xe has a soft, sensual voice and I think it actually worked well for a subtle book like this. I just hope the next time I listen to her, it’s a book that I like better. I can’t fault the audio production for that (I’ve been assured by a trusted friend that this book was just as boring in print).

12 thoughts on “The Bird Sisters [Audiobook Review]

  1. Literate Housewife November 2, 2012 / 7:11 am

    I tried to read this book in print and couldn’t get past the scene in the Catholic Church. It was peculiar and didn’t feel right. I bought the audiobook, but just don’t have the heart to listen. I thought it was me. It’s nice to know I’m not alone.


    • Jen - Devourer of Books November 2, 2012 / 9:01 am

      It isn’t just you, I read the whole thing, but I’m with Michelle in liking the writing a lot more than the story.


  2. zibilee November 2, 2012 / 10:34 am

    I am really glad that I didn’t buy this one, because I was on the fence for so long, and I almost pulled the trigger for it. It does sound like it’s kind of a boring read, and that makes me sad, but I am glad to have had your honest opinion.


  3. Xe Sands November 2, 2012 / 11:31 am

    Thanks so much for your kind words on the performance, and the honest thoughts on the book. I too am very much looking forward to what Rasmussen writes next…and I persist in my wish that Milly had made a different choice.


  4. Word Lily November 2, 2012 / 1:26 pm

    I didn’t get very far in this one before I put it down (in print). And I honestly don’t remember what exactly it was that made me abandon it, but it wasn’t for me, either.


  5. Anita November 2, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    I have this one on my nook, and I feel awful but I didn’t finish it either. I adore Rebecca on twitter etc but the story was just so SLOW for me. My mom read it and she liked it, so who knows. It was hard for me to not like it when I like the author so much.


  6. christina November 21, 2012 / 8:38 am

    Okay, so I remember when everyone was reading this (and loving it) and I thought to myself, “how odd”.

    And then, recently, I borrowed it from the library (audio format) and my feelings were even MORE filled with “how oddness” because this book bored the ever living life out of me.

    Even in my car, with nothing else to ‘read’, I stopped it and opted for the radio. Which, blerg, commercials.

    Kudos for you for finishing it.


  7. Star April 18, 2013 / 10:23 am

    Very quickly this web site will be famous among all blogging and
    site-building people, due to it’s nice content


  8. kitchen interest free adelaide June 1, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    Hi there. I was contemplating adding a link back to your blog since both of our web sites are based mostly around the same
    topic. Would you prefer I link to you using your website address: http:
    // or website title: The
    Bird Sisters [Audiobook Review] | my books. my life.
    . Please let me know at your earliest convenience. Many thanks


  9. SEO June 14, 2013 / 5:54 am

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this

    and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.


    hope to give something back and help others like you helped



  10. emergency appliance repairs July 7, 2013 / 9:47 am

    Hello terrific blog! Does running a blog like this take a large amount of work?

    I’ve very little expertise in coding but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you have any recommendations or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic nevertheless I simply had to ask. Kudos!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s