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.
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SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
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?
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?
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.
It's a stand up and cheer book. It's a shake your fist to the sky because of a crappy hand dealt book.
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!
The wonderful meaning a relationship with a cat can give to your life.
When Bob woke James when they reached the bus stop, preventing them to go way past home.
Well I just loved knitting whilst someone read me the book. Kris managed to actually sound like a recovering drug addict, street person.
The epilogue - and the meaning this story gave to the last days of the dying lady.
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.
I loved the audiobook performance of this book. I listened to it in the car on my commute to and from work each day and I was always eager to hear the next segment each time I got into my car. So many books are intense which is ok on occasion, but I felt like this book was uplifting. It especially resonated with me as a cat owner, but anyone will enjoy it who loves to see a person's life rescued. The cat and his owner saved each other. Charming read. I recommend the first book in the series as well.
such a moving and inspirational story. loved it from beginning to end. great narrator too! will recommend to any cat lover, especially those with gingers! What an extraordinary tale!
Great follow up the the previous book. Delightful reads,,looking forward to the next. Give them a look.
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.
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.
I have read A Street Cat Named Bob and listened to The World According to Bob and enjoyed both. The narrator was excellent.
Because I am 'a cat person' obviously Bob. The bond between James and Bob is so telepathic.
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.
"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!
Purchased straight after Streetcat. Fantastic read. Epilogue is extremely moving. Off to buy the next book now.
It's definitely in the top 10 at the moment
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.
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
"another great book about Bob and James"
lovely book about Bob and James and how love and loyalty truly can make peoples lives better, worth living.
so happy for James who fought long battles from inside to out. Hope more people learn that battles can be won and always that animals will never hurt you emotionally only when we lose them.
"How can you not love this book!"
I was brought to tears in the middle of my office whilst listening to the last chapter. James mentioned a lady from Wales who lost her fight to cancer and I am proud to say I was one of her carers and that she was my reason for falling in love with these books! Every time is see Bobs face I think of her and how much she enjoyed the first book. I only wish she had got to read this one. Thank you James and Bob for sharing your story and giving hope and peace to people who truly need it.
Ps I really enjoyed this book as much as the first one.
Loved this book as much as the first one! Really couldn't stop listening to it as I was so eager to hear every next chapter. I haven't enjoyed books as much as this one and "A street cat named Bob" since I was a child. So wonderful to be able to relax and listen.
"A story of triumph, wonderfully narrated"
The story of Mr Bowen and Bob, the stray cat that adopted him, is quite well known now, especially since it's been made into a move - even if the movie is a somewhat sanitised and jumbled retelling.
Both books are unabridged and Mr Bowen is to be congratulated on being so honest about himself and his relationship with others. This honesty does mean that there are some sections of the book that are difficult to listen to or are particularly emotional. Mr Bowen could have easily painted himself as a wounded hero - but as he says himself, he is no saint, and if younger people are listening then this is perhaps something to be remembered - expletives have been bleeped but it doesn't lessen the impact of one particular section of the book where Bob is not having a nice time.
The narration is excellent. Mr Milnes reads expressively and with emotion - his vocal style is a little hoarse and natural rather than a "cut glass" accent, which works perfectly for these books. I rarely find an audiobook with narration I'd highly recommend (there is this and The Martian read by Mr Bray) - but the narration here reminds me how good audiobooks can be when superbly narrated.
I'd highly recommend this audiobook.
Such an honest portrayal of life in the streets and what an animal can do for your own self esteem, would highly recommend this book to young and old generations, a real insight into how other people live each day
"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...
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