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The World According to Bob Audiobook
The World According to Bob
Written by: 
James Bowen
Narrated by: 
Kristopher Milnes
The World According to Bob Audiobook

The World According to Bob: The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat

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The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness.

"Since Bob had appeared, I'd made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I'd been a homeless drug addict. I'd been lost to the world and forgotten what was important in life. Now I'd got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I was still stepping unsteadily into the future. I still needed help in the right direction. Bob was always there to offer guidance and friendship."

James and his street cat Bob have been on a remarkable journey together. In the years since their story ended in the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob James, with Bob's help, has begun to find his way back to the real world.

©2013 James & Bob Limited and Connected Content Limited (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Thank God, A Sequel!"
    Would you listen to The World According to Bob again? Why?

    I'd listen to this book again because I couldn't get enough of the first book. This was another life-disrupting, "cover-to-cover" listen for me; I just kept wanting to know what was going to happen. This isn't only an animal/buddy book, it's also about trying to rise from circumstances with few resources. How do Bob and James survive? Put food on the table? How does one of the invisible members of society get sick, find care... and still make rent? Bob and James have become a bit of a sensation, but has that changed their situation in any way? Seriously, how do people on the street live?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World According to Bob?

    Bob's complete devotion to James is unwavering and causes so many memorable moments. In this book, one learns how James really, really considers what kind of a life he can offer his cat: can he give an animal security and care when he's not sure of his situation from day to day? But animals make their own choices, don't they?


    Which character – as performed by Kristopher Milnes – was your favorite?

    As I said about the previous book, Kristopher Milnes brings an authenticity to the narration that can always make or break a story. It works so well here. My only complaint is that, unlike the first book, here, for some inexplicable reason, someone decided to "beep" the limited profanity. Very jarring to the listener, unnecessary, and heck, kind of laughable.


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

    It's a stand up and cheer book. It's a shake your fist to the sky because of a crappy hand dealt book.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, this book is just too short. It's kind of painful to spend a credit (miser that I am) on such a short book, but, as I'll be listening to it again, what the hell! It's well spent, and was an audiobook that I've recommended to friends and family who have discovered audible!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Amado Los Angeles, CA United States 02-10-15
    Ellen Amado Los Angeles, CA United States 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great book about Bob and James"

    I laughed and had many times of thought while I heard this book. I looked up the things on the Internet to see them in action, it was great. I am so glad that James' life got turned around and still wish I could meet them. Great story and book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Pewaukee, WI, United States 01-07-14
    Mary Pewaukee, WI, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "As Good as the First Book"
    What made the experience of listening to The World According to Bob the most enjoyable?

    After reading A Street Cat Named Bob and finding out how successful it was, I wanted to know how the success affected James and Bob's lives. This book satisfied that curiosity. I desperately wanted to see good things happen to them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James. He is such a good-hearted, humble man who made some bad choices in his youth and is desperately trying to turn his life around. I was very sympathetic to his plight and was pulling for him all the way!


    What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

    I can't say enough about Kristopher's performance. Totally believable! The real James has some big shoes to fill to match it.


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

    I laughed at some of Bob's antics. I cried (tears of joy) at the way the first book-signing event turned out after James was so worried it would be a flop.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to the release of the next book "My Name is Bob" where the story will be told from Bob's point of view.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann ROCKY HILL, CT, United States 09-12-13
    Ann ROCKY HILL, CT, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous!"

    I love James and Bob! Every book gets better. I have learned so much and have more awareness of others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adele South Africa 09-09-13
    Adele South Africa 09-09-13
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    "Most enjoyable cat story"
    What did you love best about The World According to Bob?

    The wonderful meaning a relationship with a cat can give to your life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World According to Bob?

    When Bob woke James when they reached the bus stop, preventing them to go way past home.


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

    Well I just loved knitting whilst someone read me the book. Kris managed to actually sound like a recovering drug addict, street person.


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

    The epilogue - and the meaning this story gave to the last days of the dying lady.


    Any additional comments?

    Due to this book I will always view people who sell the Big Issue differently, and I pray that more people's lives will be touched by a cat. I would love for James to write more books so that we can follow his progress in his life. I'll keep a lookout James - well done and thanks for the heart warming tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael L. Blechynden San Diego, Ca. United States 04-15-16
    Michael L. Blechynden San Diego, Ca. United States 04-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"

    Great follow up the the previous book. Delightful reads,,looking forward to the next. Give them a look.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toby moapa, NV, United States 01-29-16
    Toby moapa, NV, United States 01-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    ""BOB" IS KING!!!!"

    This was a wonderful story. I truly enjoyed both of James books. Recommend 100%

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    S.B. 07-28-15
    S.B. 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Precious, inspiring story!!"

    I absolutely loved this book as much as the first and didn't want it to end. Thank you, James!

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    Kate Rendham 02-23-15

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    "A very touching story of human and animal relation"

    A heartwarming story of recovery from addiction to drugs. It's a beautiful book full of hope inspite of insurmountable difficulties living on the streets and eking out a bare living selling magazines. Not sentimental or soppy, just a beautifully told story of fortitude.
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 07-07-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 07-07-14 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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    "Thank goodness for a sequel"
    What did you love best about The World According to Bob?

    I loved all of it! It was great to hear more stories and learn how the book came about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World According to Bob?

    I loved it when Bob sensed danger, he defended him and James when someone was trying to steal James backpack! What a clever kitty cat.


    What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

    He was great and made the story a real pleasure to listen to.


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

    I loved the epilogue and even had a wee tear in my eye when it ended. I am a cat lover and love the bond that people can form with their pets.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope this gets turned into a movie or more books. He is such a character and him and James are so lucky to have found each other. I just couldn't get enough of this story, they were both finished far too fast!!! I have been telling anyone and everyone about Bob and James. I wonder if I can teach my cat Chloe to high five :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Sara
    4/26/15
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    "A Brilliant Sequel!"

    If you enjoyed "A Street Cat Named Bob," you'll enjoy this one too. James Bowen continues his story of life on the streets with Bob. Kristopher Milnes is easy to listen to. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/23/15
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    "Excellent Sequel"

    Purchased straight after Streetcat. Fantastic read. Epilogue is extremely moving. Off to buy the next book now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    wareside, United Kingdom
    8/3/13
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    "Wonderful"
    Where does The World According to Bob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely in the top 10 at the moment


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World According to Bob?

    too many to mention as a cat lover and owner I can appreciate so many Bob moments such as the worm scene, dog companions, mad women trying to steal Bob, cycling through London with Bob, Bob on the bus, Bob envy and so many more.


    What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


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

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Bob is a dream, this follows on from Bob by James Bowen, I just love everything about this cat. I have found this so enjoyable and it has been a really easy listen but its not froth and sympathy it is an enlightening tale of the bond between man and cat. This dispels myths about cats being indifferent to people and shows their true nature, that any cat owner will recognise.

    James & Bob live in London and sell the Big Issue, as a recovering drug user Bob gives James a sense of purpose and their bond grows stronger everyday. It is heartwarming, easy going and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how their life unfurls.

    That this is true story is even more brilliant and I wish James and Bob continued happiness and literary success.

    Enjoy - share it on a car journey with the kids

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan Sadler
    7/6/16
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    "A true story"

    A wonderful listen for a ginger cat owner. Having just lost the cat that sat on my pillow beside my dying husband this story is so poignant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    Devon
    7/4/16
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    "A " must read" book"

    Humbling ..this book about one mans climb back to society is enlightening. What ever you may imagine life is like for a recovering addict you may find you are so wrong...
    Bob shines a light into James dark world and helps James find a way out...enjoy their journey together...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • maureen foster-clements
    12/14/15
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    "Wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The World According to Bob to be better than the print version?

    I have read A Street Cat Named Bob and listened to The World According to Bob and enjoyed both. The narrator was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Because I am 'a cat person' obviously Bob. The bond between James and Bob is so telepathic.


    What does Kristopher Milnes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Pathos


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I just can't get enough of the details regarding this story and even follow James on Facebook. I am also looking forward to the film. I just missed seeing Bob whilst I was in a shop in Notting Hill. I only saw the cameraman with 'A Street Cat Names Bob' written on the camera. Pity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs B.
    1/21/15
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    "Sad I've finished this great book"


    Just loved this book. I don't know what to do now it's finished . Thank you Bob and James. Jan burden

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/24/14
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    "Absolutely brilliant book"
    Would you listen to The World According to Bob again? Why?

    This is one of the most heart warming books I have ever listened to. I listened to it every morning on my morning commute, laughing and sighing in equal measure. I was really sad when I finished it, it brought joy and light to my day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World According to Bob?

    The power of an animal to improve the life of a human.


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

    Yes - if travelling this would be ideal


    Any additional comments?

    Patiently waiting for the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drew
    England
    3/11/14
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    "If you liked A Street Cat Named Bob..."

    ...treat yourself to this. If you liked the first book, you should like this follow-up - I certainly did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael S.
    Hampshire UK
    1/4/14
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    "Absolutely wonderful"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the humanity and mutual love between Bob and James. As a cat lover, there is a constancy of things that resonate. The main thing for me is the highlighting of human inhumanity to human while there is the unconditional mutual love between animal and human.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bob's intuition to illness was skilfully explored and spot on. One of my cat's has the ability to tune in on illnesses and it really resonated.


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

    I laughed and cried a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    An incredible audiobook - great narration and I felt fully immersed in Bob and James's world. Sad it has finished!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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