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
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Changed the way I look at street people. So glad I read it. We all need to challenge our beliefs.
"Heart warming story"
Loved this book. Uplifting relationship between man and cat and the massive life change, commitment and pleasure it brought
Brings the emotion and fear of wrongful arrest to life
A second in a cats nine lives
"An inspirational and thought provoking story"
I will definitely listen to this again as it's such an amazing story. James Bowen writes so honestly about his life and how Bob helped to transform it. He is so honest and yet not obviously emotive which is why it fills your heart and head as you listen and afterwards too.
I always thought I had an open mind and opinion of the homeless plight and the influence of drugs on a persons life. This though really opened my eyes and is a must read for everyone for this reason.
Kris Milne is a brilliant narrator. I will look for more stories read by him as I just loved him. I sometimes forgot he actually wasn't the author as his account so was so heartfelt.
Yes! I didn't but I easily could have.
I'm not a natural cat lover, we're a family if dog owners. Don't be put off. Whilst Bob is the star of the story, this book is about so much more that owning a cat, it's about someone's life turning round for all the right reasons and so deserved.
"An enjoyable light read"
No. Decent book...but overhyped. The story of a recovering drug addict who busks on the streets of London and the ginger cat he adopts. A remarkable tale... but told with significant repetition and not a lot of depth.
"Should be 5 stars"
I loved Bob right from the beginning. To be ultra-critical though, the narration seemed "false" and irritated me. From the off it sounded like it was being read from the page and not spoken; first I thought it was a poor narrator but no, he is obviously very talented, as evidenced with delivery of a variety of accents later on. So this must be deliberate and then that really irritated me because throughout he portrays James Bowen as an ingenue or a little boy when he clearly is not. A great listen and, having lived in London at the start of the Big Issue era, very moving and I want to follow Bob and James's story.
I was surprised by how much tension there is in this tale. It's well read and has a good structure. It didn't take me long to listen to it as, once I'd started, I didn't want to stop. I'm going to use my next credits to buy the follow-up.
A different book. Although Bob is clearly a very special cat and having a pet gave James' some purpose in his life, that's about it. James' attempts to find meaning in Bob's behaviour become frustrating and ridiculous after a while. Also, at no point did James appear to consider that he might be exploiting Bob's tolerant nature for his own gain. Although, I am generally sympathetic to the plight of the homeless I was disappointed that despite the progress that he makes in his life following Bob's arrival, the height of James' ambition is to continue selling the Big Issue on the streets of London.
I'm afraid not.
The narrator was convincing as James Bowen.
The coming together of two souls cast aside by the rest of the world to give each other strength and love
Bob and James just a fantastic story of overcoming circumstance
No I found his voice a little sarcastic at times
Moments when James thought Bob had been scared away, a lot was shown on this journey but non so much showed different peoples true characters when someone else is in trouble looking for a lost loved one
"A Streetcat Named Bob"
Emotional, tear-jerker, justice,
Up-beat voice. 'southern' English likeable accent.
Yes, but sadly life gets in the way!
This was my first ever audio-book. I think it was a good choice because it wasn't the kind of book to 'startle' you if someone came-upon you unexpectedly! As a cat-lover and someone who has always lived with cats it was a great listen.
"moving true story of a cat and a recovering addict"
a genuinely moving account of how the author's life was turned around by a very persistent street cat in the end the enjoyment was limited by a slightly repetitive quality to the tale.
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