This, like another favourite of mine, The Count of Monte Christo, is a long book. It needs, and gets in Rob Inglis, a reader of restraint and character whose voice is at the service of the book. The story comes first and then, with subtle changes of inflection or accent we recognise different character's voices. It is going to be a favourite of mine for this alone.
The reader made the story come alive. I was able to enjoy the book and not struggle through LOTR as I did before in 'book form'. Not everyone loved the books - I gave up, but the films inspired me to try again with this Audible audio book. The books are different but I enjoyed it and the film in equal measure.
I have only heard Mr Inglis read Tolkien but find him an excellent reader for the series that make up the Lord of the Rings books.
"What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)
This is a mystery thriller, well told by a good narrator. It's a good listen for Joe Grey fans with plenty going on, humour, tension, adventure, and at times it was very moving. There is much to absorb the reader, from the reckless adventure of tortoiseshell Kit to the hide and seek of a runaway, and the mystery of missing children.
It was not a start at Point A and end at Point Z mystery, several times it looks in other directions giving us pause for thought. it covers a tough subject (the murder of children) with compassion.
There is just the subtlest hint of characterisation in the narrator's voice when a character speaks. I like this, just small changes that add a touch of colour without tripping up or impeding the story.
I like Susan's 'Dulcie' she gives her the gentleness, humour and intelligence as the Dulcie in my imagination.
The end, yes I know it sounds strange, but after the tension, hope and happiness of events that have gone before, there is a quiet happiness and resolution for three small figures....
For Joe Grey fans, this is one of the best yet, the narration is good, the story vivid and colourful. There is so much here to absorb the listener I will return to it again.
Heck no! It's just different. The reader brings each character to life with a light touch and lets the story tell itself. A good book "read" to you is always a pleasure. Anyway, if you want to read the paperback version you just grab your copy instead!
All of the cat characters are a real pleasure - my heart belongs to Dulcie though! The author knows her cats and as long as you don't freak out about talking cats the book characters are all a real pleasure.
The pleasure of a good voice reading my favourite books. Her light touch and restrained delivery mean I can enjoy the book knowing I will hear the story and enjoy it, no 'over the top' weird voices just subtle characterisations that indicate the person or cat, and the confidence a good story teller brings to the job.
Every Joe Grey book is! When I finish I can always listen again!
It is great to see the Joe Grey books published on audio at last. I have read all the books and greatly enjoy 'hearing' them again. The reader is first rate and this fan is very happy. Thank you Audible and Susan Boyce (reader)
No, regretfully not for me. The story is huge, and the world it creates an impressive one that I would marvel over if there was even the smallest chance I would engage emotionally with the any of the characters.
Each country, character and environment is created with great care and thoroughness, the descriptions vivid, I just cannot engage with the books where one by one every positive or hopeful character is removed, and those remaining leave me with no sympathy for their fate.
The HBO Series is impressive and well worth watching.
I have already listened to this audio book twice! Why? It is a fun read and a delight for any Joe Grey fan. I am baffled why there are note more of this popular series on audiobook they would be my go to choice for a light, cat loving read.
The listener becomes absorbed in the lives and events of the cat characters who are all portrayed with affection and wit. The sub-story about Pan and Misto will move any cat lover and have them cheering at the end. A favourite? It would be mean to pick one out - the humans and Molena Point are a delight and the cats make me laugh and sometimes hold my breath!
It is, sometimes, simply nice to be read to, and by a voice of Susan Boyce's quality with its gentle characterisation and relaxed manner.
PLEASE commission Susan Boyce to read the whole series - there is a huge gap in the Joe Grey lover's library that Auduble needs to fill!
The audio book is not better, it is different. The narrator has the skill to bring a book I struggled to read in print into vivid and exciting life. He does not act the books, he 'narrates' them extremely well, telling the story with rhythm and pace, while giving each character in the book an individual voice.
If, like me, you really struggled with the Lord of the Rings in print, then try a volume of this read by Rob Inglis, this may be the avenue into the Tolkien world you are looking for.
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