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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"wonderful good news story"
I enjoyed this so much. loved it. Narration was ideal and all the story was happy news item. I will get the other books too.
"What a fabulous tale"
This book tugged at all the emotions. I could not stop listening and would really recommend as it Is one of the best books I have listened. I have just seen there is another book about Bob and I will be downloading The World According to Bob shortly
"I wish I had a furry friend like Bob."
Amazing story! I wish I had a cat. This book really captures the emotions of a cat owner. I really want to meet James Bowen and of corse, little Bob.
1 problem is the author could put a little more enthusiasm into reading it. But apart from that, this book is fantastic
What a heartwarming story of love and friendship <3
I wanted something easy to listen to and happy, this was Definatley worth a read!
"Unsure if i liked it or not ..."
I downloaded this book as a ' Cheat' was supposed to have read it for a book club but didn't have time.... I'm glad i didn't invest the time in actually reading it .
Not keep harping on about how he spent his last money on medication for the Cat.... i got the drift the first time.
Mmmm not for me
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.
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