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Cats in the Belfry | [Doreen Tovey]

Cats in the Belfry

"It wasn't that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese." Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice. But Sugieh is not just any cat. She's an actress, a prima donna, an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove. Sugieh quickly establishes herself as queen of the house.
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Publisher's Summary

"It wasn't that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese."

Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice. But Sugieh is not just any cat.

She's an actress, a prima donna, an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove. Sugieh quickly establishes herself as queen of the house.

First published over forty years ago, this warm, witty and moving story has never gone out of style; a truly enjoyable read for anyone who's ever been owned by a cat. Doreen Tovey has written over a dozen books, which have sold over 100,000 copies in eight countries.

©2005 Summersdale Publishers Ltd; (P)2008 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The most enchanting cat book ever." (Jilly Cooper)

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    Carolyn Mililani, HI, United States 09-30-08
    Carolyn Mililani, HI, United States 09-30-08 Member Since 2008
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    "A Must Read For Cat Lovers"

    This is one of my all time favorite books. The audio version is wonderful!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 12-27-08
    Alexandra 12-27-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Lovely"

    It's very soothing and lovely. Pretty funny. Basically, it's one of those books you can take instead of prozac, which is exactly what I was looking for.

    The reading is very fitting and also pleasant. I bought 2 other books by this author after listening to this one.

    The only minus I could mention - is that the book has a place where the reader repeats the lines with a slight change in emphasis and one where you can hear her sigh and re-do the line. It doesn't really bother me in any way, but the publishers should know of this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 07-04-14
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 07-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok Story, Reading Could be better"

    I did enjoy Cats In The Belfry. It is basically a series of anecdotes by a owner of several siamese cats. The anecdotes are mostly somewhat whimsical, so it makes for a pretty pleasant read. Two downsides though: firstly, the reading was somewhat difficult to listen to. It is read by a British woman, talking extremely fast in long long long run-on sentences. It takes a long time to get used to that and to hear and process all the words. The other thing that for me is challenging to get past, is the fact that this is a story about a family who acquires a cross-eyed Siamese queen and attempts to breed her. In breeders circles, that is considered somewhat of a travesty, and the book seems to be clueless about the whole morality question of that.

    Aside from those problems though, the stories are sweet and mostly light-hearted fare that are easy and enjoyable to listen to. I am glad that I got this audiobook.

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    "Rediscovery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I discovered these books many years ago, they made me laugh and occasionally cry then and still do. Have already recommended them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cats in the Belfry?

    So many really find it difficult to choose one.


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

    Mainly laugh out loud.


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  • catherine
    leeds, United Kingdom
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    "What fun Listening"
    Where does Cats in the Belfry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Thai is my first book to listen to.and I loved it


    What other book might you compare Cats in the Belfry to, and why?

    First book


    What about Joy Gelardi’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is full of life and has a good cadence


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

    I am a great fan of Siamese and i laughed and cried with this story


    Any additional comments?

    Are there more of these books I have downloaded all you have more please?

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  • Rachel
    Anstey, United Kingdom
    11/7/08
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    "Very amusing."

    A bit twee in places but cat lovers will really enjoy this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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