This short book is a memoir of a cat and her family, set in the 1960's.
Tabby was a real cat, born in 1965 to an animal loving family in a small northwest Ohio town. The family owned at least 14 cats over the years. Three of the most memorable cats were three generations of felines: mother, daughter, and granddaughter. Tabby was the daughter of Shadow, one of the earlier cats.
Tabby was given the honor of writing her story. She remembers the details of her life as if it just happened yesterday. Tabby tells about all of the author's childhood cats: Chester, born with only three legs; Fluffy, who loved to walk on the neighbor's car; and Mitzi, the meanest cat that ever lived. Also included in the book are the tales of some other family pets besides cats: chickens, a guinea pig, a white mouse, a hamster, and a gerbil. This short autobiography includes 14 photos of Tabby and her family and friends.
From the author: My cat loving friends encouraged me to write a book about my felines after I included a few cat tales in my book, Cherished Cats and Childhood Capers. All of the stories in this book are true. Although the memories of my beloved felines have faded a bit with the passage of time, this cat memoir was written to the best of my recollection.
©2013 Becky Corwin-Adams (P)2014 Becky Corwin-Adams
Thomas is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago.
Beautiful Cat Story: Beautiful, as in it is the kind of story that shows us all that pets can enrich our lives across the entire spectrum of our lives, from childhood to adulthood and on to very advanced ages. Pets bring something special to their owners.
I enjoyed the authorial decision to tell the story from the viewpoint, and voice, of the cat. This act of personalization helps the listener (reader) to come closer to the story and enjoy it more fully than if it were told in the voice of the people involved in the story.
Pilar's performance was incredible. I had expected a Latin American, Spanish accent, since Pilar is a lovely Latin American name. After listening to the sample, I knew that I was wrong about Pilar's vocal range. She gave an enthusiastic performance, using her voice to add emotional content to the words that she was reading. You were able to feel the emotional response to the events in the cat's life. Joy, happiness, pain, lose, bewilderment, doubt, it was all there. A superb performance.
No, I wasn't moved to tears. What I did do was experience what it must have been like when the 3 legged cat is facing his death by shotgun at the hands of Grandfather. I had internally rationalised the logic of "putting down" (killing) a 3 legged cat, but the outcome when Grandfather came back made me happy, because it was completely unexpected for me.
Yes, I had read the book already, some time before, so I was curious how it would be as an audiobook. I must say that the project was a complete success. Pilar did an outstanding job as narrator. She is an incredible vocal talent, with an ability to create emotion and elicit a response from the listener. I would recommend her to anyone. The written story came alive in my mind as I listened to it, thanks to her enthusiasm throughout the book.
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