A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….
©2014 Lynne Truss (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"A truly inventive comic writer." ( Irish Times)
I was first drawn to the story because of the author's extremely famous Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Cat Out of Hell is definitely an odd, unexpected journey with some humorous moments, but not driven by humor as I was expecting.
This story wasn't bad exactly, but it took a bit for me to get into it; I found the beginning with Wiggy slow and preferred when the story switched to Alec. Honestly, I get the feeling that the humor is a bit too British for my American understanding. Of course that is really not the writer's fault since she's British.
I would like to say this whole story is the most peculiar and I would congratulate Lynne Truss on the genious of her imagination. I could not really tell from reading the initial introduction of this book what the whole content would be and yet it was funny, sad, hideous in some places, (especially the description of the library room), and I would say that although the story initially, for me, appeared to be a lighthearted story about a speaking cat, is a very sinister and dark murder that you know would just make a great television film. Mike Grady narrates the book well and is clear and easy on the ear. Cat Out of Hell is a brilliant title and just about describes the book perfectly, however, I did not really take it as seriously as the content of the book is. This book is not for pussycats, but I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something dark and satanic.
"An unexpected pleasure!"
I hadn't read anything by Lynne Truss before - I'd been rather wary of her as I wasn't that impressed by the excerpts I had read of her (in)famous grammar book. I found myself with an hour to fill and a generous free sample of 'The Cat out of Hell' that fitted the time available perfectly... and it hooked me totally! I hastily bought the rest of the book and enjoyed it enormously.
The narration is wonderful, especially the voice of Roger the cat. Recommended listen, especially for cat-lovers!
"Not all cats come from hell."
Narration was very good. However I found the story dropped off in the middle and I skipped 1 1/2 of the chapters. I don't think I'd recommend this title, but there are people out there in audible land who would enjoy this story.
"Interesting and enjoyable"
I liked the fact I didn't know what was going on for quite some time. I have listened to it a couple of times now, and really enjoyed the characters and the plot.
I liked Roger because deep down he wanted to do the right thing.
He was able to give each of the characters their own personality and I got the feeling he enjoyed reading it too.
When the two cats went down the well together.
I like Lynn Truss and admire her writing very much. She seems able to deliver different styles easily, and her books are always enjoyable.
"Wiggy, Roger & The Captain"
I would strongly recommend this book as I became very quickly immersed in the strange story of talking cats and the 'true' theory of the nine lives. I don't want to give too much away but it is equally as strange as it is dark.
When we are first introduced to the Captain and his evil ways of trying to find the one worthy colleague. Roger will soon become your favourite but the brutal beginnings with the captain were brilliant.
Roger without a doubt, as a cat owner I can well imagine and sometimes swear I can see my cat having the same or similar thoughts. The narration is brilliant from Mike Grady very distinct characterisation with plenty of malice.
What you always suspected but never wanted to be true about your feline friends!
Please Lynne Truss give us more Cats from Hell.
Despite some of the darker material explored in this book I would describe this story as fun, Mike Grady does some wonderful voices ranging from the hapless Wiggy to the delightful Roger (my favourite). The story is well rounded and nicely resolved if a little daft but that only adds to its charm.
"Just the story for hallowe'en"
Entertaining story, subtle and funny
Listening in the dark, oldy characters come alive, feline characters have style
Your cat will look different tomorrow
Light and dark at the same time
"E cel lent"
An excellent listen well written and read with good humour and dark twists, if you are not a cat person and find them a bit scary this may just confirm all your fears
"A very enjoyable read"
I like the twists and turns in the plot and the way that the end is far removed from what one might imagine in the beginning.
Some kind of magic. Because it is rather different and "out of the box".
Roger, the cat
Its a reasonably easy read but not too lightweight or shallow. It has an unusual plot and lots of surprises as you go through each chapter.
"Mmmmarvelous little listen"
Great little listen . Story has some lose ends but thats shouldn't put you off. A very entertaining read about a talking cat, a man and the devil. Finished it a weekend.
enjoyed it all. But thought the ndog called Watson was quite endearing
No - great narrator. Quite impressed he pulled of a talking cat..more than one in fact.
I used my £10 voucher for this and wasn't dissappointed at all. Great little listen.
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