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A Street Cat Named Bob | [James Bowen]

A Street Cat Named Bob

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 07-05-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 07-05-14 Member Since 2013

    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

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    "I LOVE Bob and James"
    What made the experience of listening to A Street Cat Named Bob the most enjoyable?

    Everything!! It was such a lovely heart warming story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course it was the fantastic Bob


    What does Kris Milnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was lovely to listen and really bought the story to life


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    They lost each other a few times but when they found each other again it was very moving


    Any additional comments?

    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 :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ingvild 10-06-12
    Ingvild 10-06-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Heartwarming!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Street Cat Named Bob to be better than the print version?

    I would prefer this audio edition to the print version. The narrator does a wonderful job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all of this story, and I hope Bob and his mate will be happy together for many, many years to come!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book actually made me cry several times. And I NEVER cry when I read books!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maria perth, Australia 07-10-12
    maria perth, Australia 07-10-12
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any animal lover, such a beautiful story of trust and love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    fiona 04-09-12
    fiona 04-09-12
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    "A great story for cat people and animal lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This story made me smile a lot, recollecting pets long since past. I have a soft spot for ginger cats


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    London
    3/28/12
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    "Makes me want to walk my cat..."

    I too have a stocky ginger tom cat with the most incredible personality. Mine of course if far lovelier(!), but Bob is a very special boy too, and so I fell in love with this story and want to tell the world. This books made me laugh out loud, often go ahhhh, feel my blood boil when someone's nasty to him and cheer out loud when Bob bopsa boisterous bulldog.

    I read about this man and cat on the Metro ages ago, but unfortunately never went to see them, and so at least with this download I've been able to hear all about their story.

    Not just for cat obsessed freaks, this is also an inspiring tale one of a man turning his life around, (albeit aided by his furry little pal).

    And even if you don't like the story, just download it to have that cover image picture on your iPhone...HOW CUTE!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • D
    brighton, United Kingdom
    4/8/12
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    "inspiring listen"

    This is a lovely listen. I would love a cat like Bob. Heartwarming audio book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie and Duncan
    North Scotland, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Fell in love with James and Bob!"
    If you could sum up A Street Cat Named Bob in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Luck and Special.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Kris Milnes – was your favourite?

    This is a hard time but I'd have to say Bob the cat, followed closely by James.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clifton Hampden, United Kingdom
    6/17/12
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/3/15
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    "heartwarming"
    Would you listen to A Street Cat Named Bob again? Why?

    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.





    What other book might you compare A Street Cat Named Bob to, and why?

    Can't think off hand don't really read this type of book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Bob jumps on James' shoulder, I had a cat who did just that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When James found Bob outside Belle's flat waiting for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • melissa
    1/7/15
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    "Soul mates"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Street Cat Named Bob?

    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?


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes although I didn't have over 6 hrs to spare in one sitting. Very absorbing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hester
    KingWilliamsTown, South Africa
    11/4/14
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Street Cat Named Bob to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator completely makes a person appreciate what James went through, and his love for Bob


    What other book might you compare A Street Cat Named Bob to, and why?

    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!


    What about Kris Milnes’s performance did you like?

    Everything. It was like listening to James Bowen himself!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a completely new way of looking to people like James.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Swinton
    7/26/14
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    "Cat lovers unite"
    What made the experience of listening to A Street Cat Named Bob the most enjoyable?

    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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    7/24/14
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    "A light heartwarming tale"
    If you could sum up A Street Cat Named Bob in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming, insightful, thought provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James bowen


    Have you listened to any of Kris Milnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No i haven't listened to any other books read by Kris, but i liked his narration


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile, it made me think about homelessness and possibly react in a different way to buskers


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sian
    7/7/14
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    "Purrrrfect Friendship"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob is the star. The way he's described, reminded me of many ginger cats I have known.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The one that tells of Bob's tenacity in refusing to use the litter tray!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely, life-affirming book. All the better for being a true story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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