Billy Flynn always wanted to fly. An attractive young man, a patriot, he is also an artist with pencil and paint and has an abiding affinity for nature. It's 1970, and he cannot resist the call to serve in Vietnam. A year later he is the only survivor when his helicopter is shot down. A wounded Billy returns home to his family in upstate New York, especially to Nell, his adoring younger sister. In his absence, the woman he loves has mysteriously disappeared. His wounds have crippled his ability to even hold a pencil, and his hearing loss has cut him off from the natural world. Nell, a brilliant student headed for a career in science, will do all that's possible to save him. A Catalog of Birds is the story of a family and a community confronted with a loss of innocence and wounds that may never heal. The legacy of war and its destruction of nature is seared onto the memories of a small American town. Laura Harrington has written a tale of forgiveness, of ourselves and those we love. Illuminated by heartbreak and promise, the novel is alive with spirit, wonder, and hope for the future.
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"Echoes of war haunt this audiobook. One character after another is altered by the aftershocks of the Vietnam War, and narrator Josh Bloomberg tries mightily to capture all their voices and sorrows. Siblings Billy and Nell are the heart of the story, and their shared history is laid out for the listener at a brisk pace. While Bloomberg's passion is attention grabbing, his depictions of some characters border on caricature, with villainous sneers or manic bursts. There are moments when his enthusiasm creates excess energy that emerges as a distracting sibilance, the "s's" too sharp and stinging. Other times, though, the prose and the performance blend seamlessly, and the timeless grief of life after war eases into tragic focus. L.B.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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