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)
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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!
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
"I just didn't get this book"
It was odd and bizarre and it really wasn't for me. Listened to around an hour and then threw in the towel
I just didn't understand where this was going
It was an odd almost comical voice, however there was little substance to the book.. Just not me
Sorry just didn't appreciate this style of book
Onto something new
"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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