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Irene

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  • The Cat's Table

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael Ondaatje
    • Narrated By Michael Ondaatje
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    In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table” - as far from the Captain’s Table as can be - with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.

    Amanda says: "Superb - But Not For All Readers or All Situations"
    "Ondaatje's voice is deep, awesome, nicely paced"
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    What did you love best about The Cat's Table?

    I loved how the story starts in childhood and gradually transitions to a much more complex adult story full of fascinating characters who are often over-looked in society. Each chapter can stand alone, it is so tightly woven.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Ondaatje’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of MO's other performances, but compared to other readings I have heard, his voice was amazing and so well-paced. Of course the story itself is as good or better than his previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    The pacing of his voice was especially important as I was buying the audiobook version for my 87 yr old mother who has had a stroke. She can't speak, but her mind is all there and so MA's strong male voice in her life is special I think! Many of the other audiobooks i tried sounded busy/chattery. I wanted a complex story that was told at a decent pace.

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