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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I0MI7DM
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The problem is – I can’t say very much about it without spoiling the journey which you, dear reader, need to make for yourself, without your own voyage of discovery being marred by inadvertent and carelessly strewn spoilers by this (or any) reviewer.
I was one of the very lucky ones, getting this as a very early ARC from the publisher, and all I had to go on, was this, from the fairly minimalist (great, no spoilers!) blurb:
“By acclaimed storyteller Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots and Leaves, the mesmerising tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself and just as powerful.
The scene: a cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Inside, a room with curtains drawn. Tea has just been made. A kettle still steams. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant.
'Shall we begin?' says the cat.”
I must admit, the dustjacket picture didn’t particularly lure me – I thought it a little bit whimsical, and feared something which might be chocolate box cutesy humour funny-ish.
But of course, I know Truss is sharp, dry and pithily rather than fluffily funny.
The story is dedicated to a friend who likes ‘proper’ horror stories, so, clearly this is going to be some sort of tickle your funny bone with horror mixture. (And more)
Okay, to try and lure you, o reader.Read more ›
The Captain was so superbly written also and I was wondering all the way through when he would appear again and nervous when he did.
If you are looking for something very different to read, then I would most certainly recommend this to you. I usually read ghost stories and horror but something said buy me, and I am grateful I did.
There are some very compelling parts that intertwine gracefully with each other and really do help to bond it all together.
There's a suitably unnecessary framing device, a totally preposterous character, an intriguing enough plot, and a satisfying conclusion - all executed with wit and verve.
I loved that librarians, of all people, are at the centre of such an adventure, and there are lots and lots of sly jokes throughout.
Good fun, good value, good buy.
Felicitous. And I'm not even a cat person. Purrrr.
‘Purring was the way they sent people into a trance, you see – and then, when their prey was sort of paralysed and helpless, the cats would set to work with their claws.’
The story moves at a quick pace, and I found the first half much funnier than the second. In the second half, well, things get frenetic and a little dangerous. It’s a combination of humour and horror that doesn’t always work, although I won’t be adding a cat to my household anytime soon.
I’d recommend reading this in one sitting if possible.
‘As if stories ever did end anyway.’
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy light book to read, funny and sad if a little bit silly.Helps if you like and understand cats.Published 27 days ago by Solstice
Good quick read which will make you look at that stray cat in the street quite differently.Published 4 months ago by Tubbytony
Yes, precisely, I should have known better than to have put myself through the experience of reading this book about cats that have nine lives and possess the uncanny powers to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Siltone
It feels like I shouldn't say too much here, as I don't want to give the plot away. This is a completely mad story, beautifully written (I wouldn't expect anything less from Lynne... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Birdnerd
Brilliant book makes you think twice about your cat's behaviour and the nine lives sayingPublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quite probably the worst book I have ever read! Bizarre plot to say the least. I read very quickly anyway but got to page 170 (of 230) and upped pace to get through it as soon as... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Meryl Whittington