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"The birds kept coming at him from the air, silent save for the beating wings. The terrible, fluttering wings. He could feel the blood on his hands, his wrists, his neck. Each stab of a swooping beak tore his flesh. If only he could keep them from his eyes. Nothing else mattered."
Paperback, Reclams Universal-Bibliothek nº 9287, 75 pages
Published October 31st 1992 by Reclam (first published 1952)
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Candi
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The sky was hard and leaden, and the brown hills that had gleamed in the sun the day before looked dark and bare. The east wind, like a razor, stripped the trees, and the leaves, crackling and dry, shivered and scattered with the wind’s blast… Black winter had descended in a single night."

Indeed, more than just black winter had descended…

This past summer my kids demanded a road trip out to Cedar Point, Ohio. The roller coasters at this amusement park are almost as terrifying as this story! I r
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Mohsin Maqbool
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Birds about to cook up something.

I absolutely loved reading Daphne du Maurier's "The Birds" and finished it in one sitting. Actually, it is a short story but is really not that short either.

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Birds lead their attack.

Even though the cover of the book shown here has a shot from Alfred Hitchcock's film which goes by the same name, the director changed most of the book. The book keeps you guessing as to the outcome of the story, while Mr Hitchcock has the family leaving their sea town towards the end
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Duane
While I liked Hitchcock's movie "The Birds", and admittedly it is a classic in film history, to me somehow, it doesn't quite equal Daphne du Maurier's original tale. They are very different, almost unrecognizable, and the novel delivers it's horror much more subtlety than the film, but just as effectively. There are other noticeable differences also, the setting most obvious. The novel is set in Cornwall England on the seashore. The movie, for reasons of convenience, is set in Bodega Bay, Califo ...more
Alexandra
Book2moviechallenge 2019
Kategorie 12: Der Film ist berühmter und/oder besser als das Buch (in diesem Fall berühmter)

Das Werk von Daphne Du Maurier war mir und einigen anderen hier in goodreads gar nicht so geläufig. Erst als ich in einer Lese-Gruppe vor zwei Jahren Rebecca gelesen habe, fiel mir auf, dass sie noch einige weitere sehr berühmte Filmvorlagen geliefert hat: Wenn die Gondeln Trauer tragen und eben Die Vögel. Insofern hat mich die literarische Vorlage seit diesem Ereignis brennend int
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Semjon
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daphne du Maurier hatte mit ihren Romanen und Erzählungen viele Vorlagen zu bekannten Spielfilmen geliefert. Mir war das vor der gemeinsamen Lektüre in einer Leserunde gar nicht bekannt. Wer den Titel 'Die Vögel' hört, denkt natürlich zunächst an die grandiose Hitchcock-Verfilmung. Mein großer Bruder hatte mir damals erlaubt, den Film als Kind anzuschauen als ich mal bei ihm übernachten durfte. Ich konnte kaum die Augen aufhalten und drehte den Ton weg, weil ich dieses penetrante Geflatter und G ...more
Connie
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very atmospheric horror story about birds attacking humans in England. They come in like the planes in formation during the Blitz. Nat, a resourceful veteran, tries to protect his family. (I shouldn't have read it right before bedtime!)
Hendrik
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ohne groß Anlauf zu nehmen, kommt Daphne du Maurier in ihrer Erzählung gleich zum Wesentlichen. Die possierliche Schar der Piepmätze hat sich gegen ihre menschlichen Mitgenossen verschworen und bläst zur Attacke. Eine kleine Kate an der Südküste Englands, die vierköpfige Familie eines Farmarbeiters und ein paar weitere Statisten reichen der Autorin, um daraus eine wirklich packende Story zu stricken. Weshalb die Vögel den Koller kriegen, bleibt dem Leser verborgen und ist auch gar nicht weiter i ...more
Michael
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Ist es der Temperatursturz oder der Wechsel der Windrichtung? Eine Erklärung dafür, dass sich unterschiedlichste Vogelarten, angefangen von den niedlichen Singvögeln bis hin zum Seeraben, plötzlich gegen den Menschen zusammenschließen und durch ihre zahlenmässige Überlegenheit selbst eine Metropole wie London im Sturm nehmen, gibt es nicht.


(hier: ein hinterhältig-bösartiger Seerabe)

Nat Hocken ist einer der ersten, der die Gefahr erkennt und verschanzt sich mit seiner Frau und seinen beiden Kinde
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Kathy
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have loved the movie since I was a kid! I have wanted to read it for awhile now! I listened to the Audible version, which is new to me, and I loved it. I wasn't feeling well, and having someone read to me, was so cool! I could get used to that! The book is very different than the Alfred Hitchcock movie, but that didn't bother me at all! I was truly scared and worried for these people. The story really did unsettle me. Even though, I knew what the premise was and there were no surprises, DuMaur ...more
Bob
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
If all you know about The Birds is the Hitchcock movie, I suggest your go ahead and read the book. The only thing the movie and the book have in common is that Birds go homicidal and attack humans. As different as the movie and book are, there both great stories.
Steffi
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine wirklich lesenswerte Geschichte, die zwar als Grundlage für Hitchcocks gleichnamigen Film diente, aber doch deutliche Unterschiede zu diesem aufweist. Der Angriff der Vögel erfolgt hier viel unvermittelter, und die Handlung endet auch recht abrupt. Die Beziehungen zwischen den Figuren spielen kaum eine Rolle.

Auch wenn man die Geschichte als unterhaltende Horrorgeschichte lesen kann (und vielleicht auch einfach sollte), drängt sich eine mögliche Deutung auf, die ein Nachbar der im Mittelpunk
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Gary
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the Alfred Hitchcock film taken from this book and that was probably what drew me to reading this novel but although the story is similar the book is a completely different experience. Written in the classic style that du Maurier uses so well the book is thought provoking and although different from the film it is still packed with suspense. Another classic read from this master of suspense.
Ellie
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
For a short story, it's amazingly frightening. du Maurier is brilliant. I had nightmares for months after this one and never felt the same about birds!
Yani
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: novela-corta
La idea de The Birds es aterradora. Sencilla, pero aterradora al fin. Me hubiera gustado un poco más de desarrollo y no tanta rutina de supervivencia (que puede tener un motivo) para que el miedo que transmite se volviera más palpable, más presente. Lamento que no me haya gustado del todo.

Nat Hocken es un hombre que, debido a una incapacidad que le dejó la guerra, trabaja haciendo algunas tareas de granjero. Su gran capacidad de observación le advierte que algo extraño está pasando con los páj
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Melanti
A very creepy and claustrophobic novel.

I really liked all the WWII references. I have to wonder, how much of England is left alive? How many could have survived? Managed to take refuge in their former bomb shelters, or had a well-built closet they could hide in? Could the London subway system - which was a vital shelter during the blitz - be nearly as secure against an enemy like the birds as it was against German bombs?

And I also have to wonder about all the references to Communism... Cold war
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Laura
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Creepy short story in true du Maurier fashion.
AdiTurbo
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant novella (and much better than the movie) which transforms the horrors British families have lived through during WWII into an atmospheric horror story about birds amassing and starting to attack people. The sense of loss of control over their lives and their inability to protect their families as they would wish turn the characters in this story into tragic figures that are at the mercy of unknown powers which can snuff their lives out on a whim, with no explanation given. There is a ...more
Pink
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Daphne du Maurier is never a disappointment and this short story was no exception. Always atmospheric in her writing and gripping to the end.
Anatoly
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Captivating from the start, this was a thrilling read. Though short and predictable, du Maurier is able to keep the suspense real and evident throughout the story.
Ahmad Sharabiani
عنوان: پرندگان؛ نویسنده: دافنه دو موریه؛ مترجم: علی مسعودی نیا؛ ویراستار: میلاد کامیابیان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، به نگار، 1393، در 83 ص، شابک: 9786006835440؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیس قرن 20 م
Becky
I'm a little behind on my reading goal for this year, (4 books!) and so I was counting on Audible to help me out with some short horror that I could listen to and multitask and feel productive. I found this, which comes bundled with "Don't Look Now", on sale, so I snagged it. So what if they are technically novellas? Counts as a book in my... book.

Anyway, so I listened to it last night, and there were things I liked, and things I wanted more of, like story resolution.

I've only read one other d
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Yoana
A lot more terrifying than the film.

The various species of birds, so different in size, behaviour and place on the food chain, consolidate in a mass homogenous threat, like a natural calamity the humans are helpless to stop or hide from - like a faceless, indifferent force driven by an unknown but relentless impulse to destroy. Attacking as a single unit, they're invulnerable to violence and undeterred by reinforcements. It's not your generic "smart beast" story where animals suddenly gain reaso
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Badseedgirl
September 2017

I read this book in 6th grade, along with Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart, and Hawthorne's Rappaccini's Daughter. All were made for the horror-loving tween. I guess I am trying to relive my youth, bibliographicly so to speak.

At 10 year old, I loved to starkness of the story. A bleak outcropping with a house jutting over the sea. The 43 year old me loves the same.

The movie The Birds is loosely based on this story. And by loosely based I mean they both have birds, and the birds attack pe
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MaryannC.Book Fiend
I read this awhile ago and I have to say this book still resonates with me. I'm not one for horror books as this is classified, but I did like this a lot. It creeped me out more so than the movie did.
Missy J
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
WOW! What a short story!

I haven't watched Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of this book and I only vaguely glanced over the book summary. But when I started reading this story today I was instantly hooked. I had to take breaks in between. And boy, did that only add to the suspense of the story!

The Birds is a short, apocalyptic type of story. Nat and his family live on the British coastline when one night a variety of birds attack the children's bedroom. The next day, Nat inquires with his neig
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Sauerkirsche
Kurzgeschichte mit apokalyptischer Grundstimmung und Parallelen zum Krieg, die auch wiederholt erwähnt werden. Das offene Ende hat mich etwas überrascht, aber bei einer so kurzen Geschichte vielleicht auch zu erwarten. Jetzt habe ich Lust auf den Hitchcock Film.

Diese Ausgabe vereint zwei Geschichten in Einem: https://amzn.to/2LhJQSg
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
BBC audio dramatization.

Less than 1 hr in duration.

Production values: 5 *s

Story: 2 *s

I couldn't stand "Sue," the wife.

the child "Maggie" had too much dialogue for my taste. I don't like much to do with children in books I read unless I am in fact reading a children's book.

Jenny Britton
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So different from the Hitchcock film. It is dark, sinister, claustrophobic and terrifying. The farmer is clever and a survivor but unlikely to save his family against nature's power in the birds.
No beautiful heroes just a farming family trying to survive. It is so well written that we feel we are living with the family - the poor father trying to protect his family from the birds and the truth of the mayhem they have created. At the end the farmer is smoking his rainy day cigarette and we are le
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Latasha
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ok, I'm not sure I listened to the whole thing? I downloaded it from my library and it said part 1 but I couldn't find any other parts. what I did hear I liked very much! there is so much going on in the story that is only hinted at and I liked that. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Karen
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2016
So, my oldest casually tells me he has about a page left in his homework assignment... he is reading The Birds by Daphne du Maurier! I tell him to hand over his book so I can finally read this short story by my favorite author of suspense. And that's how I spent the last hour. Thank you to his English teacher, for exposing these students to what truly great story-writing looks like.
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“Then he saw them. The gulls. Out there, riding the seas.
What he had thought at first to be the white caps of the waves were gulls. Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands... They rose and fell in the trough of the seas, heads to the wind, like a mighty fleet at anchor, waiting on the tide. To eastward, and to the west, the gulls were there. They stretched as far as his eye could reach, in close formation, line upon line. Had the sea been still they would have covered the bay like a white cloud, head to head, body packed to body. Only the east wind, whipping the sea to breakers, hid them from the shore.”
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