Fiction Audiobook Review: Red Birds

Red Birds

Red Birds

Fans of the modern classic Catch-22 will be pleased to hear narrator David Bendena’s warm voice deliver this thought-provoking story, which explores the ugliness of war and U.S. meddling overseas. Told from several perspectives, the story kicks off when Major Ellie’s plane crashes in an unknown Middle Eastern desert he is supposed to bomb. Depleted and struggling to survive, he chances upon Momo and his dog, Mutt, and is taken to their camp. There, he becomes entangled in the struggles of people whose lives he is supposed to take. Bendena’s fluid voice and careful pacing bring the characters to life, especially Mutt, who speaks with a swaggering American accent. Bendena’s performance makes this otherwise challenging work interesting. A.C. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2019]

Originally appears at AudioFile Magazine