When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who hears it.
©2012 James Bowen (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton
A nicely told story about James and Bob, the ginger cat. The book describes, through a great narration (well done Kris Milnes), how Bob came up to James' life and the positive impact it had on James, leading him to a new perspective on life and helping him recover from his addiction issues.
I found the book very enjoyable and captivating. Surely a book cat lovers will love.
This story is perfect on so many levels. Treat yourself and read it through page by page. You'll get charged with emotions in no time.
Stellar performance. The best I've came across so far.
I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow
Everything!! It was such a lovely heart warming story
Of course it was the fantastic Bob
He was lovely to listen and really bought the story to life
They lost each other a few times but when they found each other again it was very moving
I am a total cat lover and adore stories about them. I had seen James and Bob on YouTube and just loved the story. I can't wait to read the next book James has written about Bob. Big kudos to James for turning his life around with the love and support of a lovely ginger kitty :)
Say something about yourself!
I would prefer this audio edition to the print version. The narrator does a wonderful job.
I loved all of this story, and I hope Bob and his mate will be happy together for many, many years to come!
This book actually made me cry several times. And I NEVER cry when I read books!
I would recommend this book to any animal lover, such a beautiful story of trust and love.
I would recommend this book to any of my friends who have ever had a connection with an animal. This is a delightful and simple story of two beings finding each other and affecting each others' lives
It took me a little while to get used to the narrator, the style was simple and casual. I enjoyed the imagery of Bob perched atop shoulders, travelling with him to work unperturbed.
This story made me smile a lot, recollecting pets long since past. I have a soft spot for ginger cats
This is a lovely listen. I would love a cat like Bob. Heartwarming audio book.
"Fell in love with James and Bob!"
Love, Luck and Special.
It's a true story and I loved hearing how they saved each other. It was lovely to hear their story, the special bond they created and you couldn't help but love them both.
This is a hard time but I'd have to say Bob the cat, followed closely by James.
Oh yes definitely, in fact I almost did. I didn't end up getting much sleep that night as I couldn't stop listening. I always wanted to know what was next.
This book touched me from the very beginning, such a special true story. Even as I remember listening to the story now I have a smile on my face and happy memories. This really is a very special book, a truly amazing true story and the narrator really made listening to this book a pleasure. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to know more and went searching for the videos of Bob that had been mentioned. I was in love with Bob already and only fell more in love when I saw the videos. Both Bob and his owner James are truly special, I finished this book wishing I could talk to them both...to meet them. I also raved about the book to my husband who started to listen as soon as he had the chance. Highly recommended, fantastic true story and the narrator was truly amazing too.
"listen to this book"
This is a wonderful story - I enjoyed every second and didn't want the story to end. I hope there is a sequel
Definitely. Any animal lover would love this book. Also interesting for anyone who has fallen upon hard times or had an addiction problem. Very uplifting. My teenage boy was off sick from school while I was playing it and he was hooked too.
I was amazed by the bit when Bob followed James across the busy street and onto the bus. Plus when he found his way back to Belle's house 1.5 miles away. I definitely think cats are more intelligent than we give them credit for, and have a sixth sense. Or was he a higher being in a previous life?
The scenes when he first takes Bob to busk with him and he attracts people who give him money. Then when he starts selling the Big Issue and he has the same effect.
Yes although I didn't have over 6 hrs to spare in one sitting. Very absorbing.
I liked the fact James included information about what it's like to be homeless, also on drugs and the process of coming off them, plus working for the Big Issue which has really opened my eyes to how they run this like a business which helps them feel valued. Also he explains important issues re animal welfare and the importance of flea treatment, neutering and chipping etc. I like the fact James is educating his readers as well as entertaining them.
Yes. The narrator completely makes a person appreciate what James went through, and his love for Bob
Difficult question. I don't think I have ever read anything like this. I prefer adventure thrillers,and bought this on a whim. What a total surprise - this is a wonderful story!
Everything. It was like listening to James Bowen himself!
Smile, yes. Cry, a bit. But mostly I was filled with total admiration for this young man who got his life together. A pity he does not realize that a miracle like Bob can only come from God.
I have a completely new way of looking to people like James.
This book is a glimpse into the lives of the eponymous Bob and his human friend, James. It shows how much can be gained by giving. James cares for Bob, and in return finds his way to a fuller, more rewarding life.
Bob is the star. The way he's described, reminded me of many ginger cats I have known.
The one that tells of Bob's tenacity in refusing to use the litter tray!
The moment of recognition when Bob was reunited with James after a distressing time in Covent Garden which frightened Bob and made him run away.
Lovely, life-affirming book. All the better for being a true story.
"A grown-up, real-life, feline lassie!"
I really enjoyed this audio book. I've not listened to many other books like this. I think it is unique as Bob is a very unique feline. Also the relationship he and James share makes their story one of a kind.
I really enjoyed hearing about all of Bob's antics, he would happily sit by James' side on the bus looking out of the window. I also enjoyed hearing about James' personal struggle to overcome addiction and to work hard to look after himself and his new feline pal. I think what I'll remember the most is the beautiful impact Bob had on James, having the cat gave James a sense of responsibility and identity that really helped him to recover.
I havn't but I really enjoyed his performance and think it fitted well with James.
I did listen to this book quite quickly as I really wanted to find out what happened to Bob and James next!
I am a cat lover, having 3 pet cats myself. However, I do think that there is a lot in this book not just for cat lovers. Bob the cat is a remarkable animal and is unlike any other cat I have met. The parts where James' starts to sell the Big Issue again to support himself and Bob also made me relook at how I view the Big Issue magazine and appreciate Big Issue sellers more which is something I am really greatful for.
Yes. Loved the story & the whole thing opened my heart more to street people after reading the very next day I gave to the first big issue person I came across. Fell in love with Bob! Simply told but that was absolutely fine & what I wanted.
Can't think off hand don't really read this type of book.
When Bob jumps on James' shoulder, I had a cat who did just that.
When James found Bob outside Belle's flat waiting for him.
"Cat lovers unite"
I liked the paperback version of this book and wanted to listen to this version
I was not disappointed and it's an inspiring story of a cat and man who fall in love with each other
If you love animal listen to this book
"A light heartwarming tale"
Heartwarming, insightful, thought provoking
No i haven't listened to any other books read by Kris, but i liked his narration
It made me smile, it made me think about homelessness and possibly react in a different way to buskers
I listened to this book whilst i was in hospital recovering from major surgery, it was the perfect read, light but involved and well paced enough to keep my interest
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