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Cat Out of Hell Audio Download – Unabridged

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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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Format: Hardcover
Lynne Truss has written a witty, scary, oddball, corpse-filled ,literature-loving, perfectly-punctuated, (I assume) , delight of a book.

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.
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This is certainly a very odd book. It might not appear so to fans of Hammer Horror films as it has been written in that genre by Lynne Truss. I am a fan of her work with Pandas, and am a member of her sign-correcting gang, so I thought I'd see how she shaped up as a novelist. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and would recommend it to those who enjoy a lightweight read with humour and a satisfying ending. A recently widowed mild-mannered librarian is sent a series of files from an ex-colleague he barely knew. Opening them launches him (and his dog, Watson) into a bizarre world with a talking cat and a series of grisly murders. He sets out to sort out this mess and makes some friends, loses an ex-colleague and keeps Watson alive while defeating the forces of evil. And all without a sausage sandwich. Read, lol and enjoy!
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I was compelled by the synopsis of this book to buy it. I finished it last night and I was left with WOW! My own handsome moggie was sitting at the bottom of the bed.... I look at him quite differently now and wonder what he is thinking and what he would say to me if he could. This is such an original book and Rogers character is so utterly well written that it was sometimes hard to remember that he is a very well educated and travelled feline and not a human.
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.
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I'm a cat lover and I adore the author's non fiction work, but nothing prepared me for just how enjoyable this was going to be. the tongue in cheek narrative, and the characters both human and feline were engaging, witty and thoroughly funny. thank you for brightening up a long train journey
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This is good fun: I haven't read any 'proper' horror, so I don't know whether or not this should be classed as parody, or if it's usually done in this tone.

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.
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This is very different to what you might expect from the author of Eats, Shoots. While it has the light and humorous touch that all her writing has, she has managed to embrace her darker side. It is really tightly plotted with great characterisation (one of whom only gets two lines - or does he?). Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
Alec, a retired librarian has recently been widowed. He heads off to a coastal village in North Norfolk with his small dog Watson in search of peace. But one night, while searching for mental stimulation, he opens his laptop and starts looking through a folder entitled ‘Roger’ which a former colleague had sent him. Inside that folder are files in which a man called Wiggy tells the story of his acquaintance with Roger – a talking cat, who sounds like Vincent Price. In a story that spans decades, Roger tells of how he learned to speak. Alec becomes part of the story, caught up in a world that contains a mysterious cat called Captain, kidnapping, murder and satanic cults. And yes, some cats really do have nine lives.

‘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.’

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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