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James Herriot's Cat Stories | [James Herriot]

James Herriot's Cat Stories

The world's most beloved veterinarian, James Herriot, brings his storytelling magic to the enchanting world of cats. Also available from Herrriot: Every Living Thing.
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Publisher's Summary

What better match of author and subject than James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian, and the adorable felines that delight so many millions of pet fanciers around the world? This warm and joyful volume of stories collects some of the Yorkshire vet's favorite tales about one of his favorite animals - each memoir as memorable and heartwarming as the last.

Kittens and cats of all kinds populate this program and, like their flesh-and-blood counterparts, they will purr their way into the hearts and minds of everyone who hears their stories. You'll meet cats of farmers, merchants, and matrons; cats with definite social graces and wild, untamed natures; and some cats who became a cherished part of the Herriot family. You'll also meet some of the wonderful people of Yorkshire, men and women whose lives were changed forever by the love and affection of these fascinating, independent, caring creatures.

©1994 by James Herriot; (P)1994 by Audio Renaissance Tapes, A Division of Cassette Productions Unlimited, Inc.

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    luis tavera 02-12-08
    luis tavera 02-12-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Beautiful!"

    If you like this amazing creatures, this book will take you some tears even to a hard heart.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jefferson 10-17-10
    Jefferson 10-17-10 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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    "Be Careful if You Have Lost a Cat..."

    Ah, listening to this audiobook was the sweetest pain and awfulest pleasure! I've never been so moved by any audiobook (tears, runny nose, even sobs!). It must be because last year we lost our beloved feline companion of 18 years, but it's also surely because James Herriot deeply sympathizes with, loves, and understands cats and their humans and because Christopher Timothy feels the same about Herriot's stories. Listening to the savory and vivid descriptions of the feline friends, arching their backs and purring thunderously and fulfilling vital roles in their people's lives, and then hearing of them falling ill and wasting away, and then being filled with an almost unbearable suspense as to whether or not Dr. Herriot will find and cure what ails them... well, it's all just the heart of the sad transience and amazing beauty of living beings in our wonderful world.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aubrey 09-20-10
    Aubrey 09-20-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit sad"

    Im a huge cat lover and I really enjoy Mr.Herriots storys. I have only listen to 3, but I must say this one was full of tears for me. So I highly recommend James Herriot just mabye not this one unless your a bit more tuff skinned than me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad toronto, ON, Canada 10-02-14
    Brad toronto, ON, Canada 10-02-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Gonna sound like my wife but...."

    I loved cat stories and anything from James Herriot. Have read and listened to all of his books many time and only wish he had written more. I'm writing that like he is gone and I am not sure buy if you love your dog or cat or heaven forbid Ferrett!!!,,,, buy his books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 07-04-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 07-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Very Refreshing And Sweet"

    I've gotten somewhat tired of the cat stories that go like: family meets cat, family initially doesn't like cat, but gets used to it, then loves it, then cat gets killed by car, the end. There are only so many such stories (or similar) that you can read/listen to. Fortunately, these are pretty different. Mostly heartwarming, lighthearted, and fun. I enjoyed them all, which is a rarity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julianne 08-03-15
    Julianne 08-03-15
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    "Amazing"

    I've always enjoyed his books, and cats are also my favorite animal. This is my favorite of his books, and I often re-listen to it! Please read it or listen to it! 😎

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    Oana 06-23-15
    Oana 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book with a great narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It has a lot of touching stories about cats. It may be a rather painful read if you recently lost a loved furry friend though.


    What other book might you compare James Herriot's Cat Stories to and why?

    It's quite similar to James Herriot's all other books, detailing his veterinary practice.

    It also reminded me a bit of "Urban Tigers, Tales of a Cat Vet" by Kathy Chisholm.


    What about Christopher Timothy’s performance did you like?

    Previous to listening to him, I thought a narrator's job was to just read the book clearly and that's it. Christopher Timothy changed my view entirely and has now made it difficult to listen to other narrators.

    He is just so good at narrating. He changes his tone of voice to match the mood perfectly. His almost singing voice keeps you constantly awake and aware. His voice impressions really bring the dialog to life. His grim tone during sad moments is bound to contribute to you crying your eyes out.


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

    While I think I would have enjoyed listening to the whole thing in one go, I normally listen to my books while taking a walk. So I listened to it in 20-ish minute intervals, which happens to coincide with chapter/section length, for the most part. It's also the kind of book that is easy to pick up and put down at any time.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for cat lovers, although it is pretty much guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes. Do not read in public.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    KellyLC Durham, NC United States 06-03-15
    KellyLC Durham, NC United States 06-03-15
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    "Lovely Cat Stories"

    It was a wonderful, heart warming set of tales. Sometimes sad but still uplifting.

    I really love the work of James Herriot.

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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 05-25-13
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Herriot uses words that brings peace to the soal"
    If you could sum up James Herriot's Cat Stories in three words, what would they be?

    his grate impathy


    What did you like best about this story?

    how he puts in to words what he see.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the black kitten in the reads


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

    it's better in little bites. so to saver each story in the book


    Any additional comments?

    James Herriot has given the world a frozen picture of a time and place buty and serenity. Christopher Timothy been the voice of Herriot in the BBC series and the audio books. he has truly given live the this part.. I have been a fan from the time my children and I watched the shows when thy were little. this is truly a winning combo.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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