Told from the kitty's point of view, Beverly Cleary really nailed the thoughts and emotions of a cat. Perfect for children with pets in the family, because by revealing that animals can have similar feelings, it helps them develop empathy for their furry friends. My guilty secret? I have to admit that, as a cat person, I love it too.
Yes, the story is good
I HATED the narrator's performance. He has an annoying habit of mispronouncing certain of the character's names; for instance, Octavian becomes Oc-tay-wee-un, Servililia becomes Ser-will-ee-ah, Cicero becomes Kickero. At first I thought he had a lisp until I noticed he could pronounce the V in victory. By his logic, Caesar sould have been pronounced Keeser but he did not pronounce it that way. What gives? It was very jarring and even in the last few minutes of the book I was still fuming at each mispronounciation, wondering why the producer did not correct this in the beginning.
I have been trying to get through this book since I got it - the first day it was available on Audible. I will listen to another book or two and come back to it, thinking it couldn't possibly be as bad as I remembered; but unfortunately, it always is. The characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is excruciatingly painful in that it is awkward and is neither interesting nor does it seem to move the story along. Only occasionally are there the rich descriptions of Charleston which allowed the city to be one of the main characters in "The Lords of Discipline". I doubt I will ever finish this book. What a snooze.
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