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Matthew Flinder's Cat Audiobook

Matthew Flinder's Cat

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Publisher's Summary

The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond. Through telling Ryan the story of Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia as seen through Trim's eyes, Billy is drawn deeply into Ryan's life and into the Sydney underworld.

©2002 Bryce Courtenay; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty. Ltd.

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    J. Czap Maryland 05-21-16
    J. Czap Maryland 05-21-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Compelling story with some heavy topics"

    The narrator was awesome and made the characters come to life. The book was a bit of a rollercoaster ride, took me from laughter to tears. I wasn't expecting the story to be so detailed and the reader should be aware there are mature topics contained including drugs and sex not intended for the naive reader who would like to stay that way. I am undecided if I will try another book by this author, I think I would like to have a better understanding of the content first. But this was a good book and performance overall.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    shira5665 05-03-16
    shira5665 05-03-16 Member Since 2010

    I'm a professional dog trainer who loves to read. I have degrees in English and Adult Ed. I love well written books that take me away.

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    "An engaging and different kind of story"

    A bit slow to get going but an engaging story overall. Love the setting in Western Australia and loved the historical sub-story. However, the sub-story does make the book, overall, a little cumbersome and slow, hence 4 stars instead of 5.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 01-21-13
    Margaret Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm a Coutenay FAN"

    Enjoyed this book in spite of it's gritty hard to hear content. This book addresses issues of today that we prefer to ignore..addiction, poverty, child abuse in a manner that is real but readable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 12-11-12
    Linda 12-11-12

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    "A wonderful story, as usual, from Mr. Courtenay"
    If you could sum up Matthew Flinder's Cat in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, poignant, happy ending


    What other book might you compare Matthew Flinder's Cat to and why?

    I cannot compare this book to any other book except those by Bryce Courtenay.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Humphrey Bower is my favorite narrator.


    Who was the most memorable character of Matthew Flinder's Cat and why?

    Ryan, the little boy. I identified with him mostly because of my past, and also because I have experienced young kids in my adult life that were exceptional, yet were in a terrible situation. Like Billy, they changed my life, and I was willing to give up things to help them.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never read or heard a Bryce Courtenay book that I didn't like. I plan to read them all. This one, as with all of them, gave me the feeling of going to another continent, to experience a different way of speaking. The intricate sub-stories are easy to follow and all the pieces are knitted together meticulously for the grand ending. Characters are strong. When I completed this book, I felt a bit sad that it was over.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan Roepcke 05-29-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "A touching, non-classic story"

    Its surprising how much you can come to love a drunk and find faith in humanity again based on his platonic friendship with a runaway/homeless kid. I always enjoy a good fiction beyond the he loves her, she loves him, or the action hero who saves the day, or blah blah blah. If you're looking for a simple, sweet story, this is a good choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mergra WILLUNGA, Australia 04-18-11
    mergra WILLUNGA, Australia 04-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Moving, heart-warming and beautifully narrated."

    We each come from our own, unique background and I suspect that those who have not walked in the shoes of the less fortunate may identify only slightly with the character/s in this book. However, those who have some understanding of the plight of the addict, the abused, the pervasive nature of corruption and those for whom discrimination is a daily and unrelenting occurrence, this book will speak directly to their hearts, as it did mine. I greatly respect the way Courtenay wove the tapestry of this story and I love the hope he inspires with his words, whilst acknowledging the darkness and difficulties that plague all of us as we attempt to navigate the complexities of our lives. I particularly like the synchronicities he includes, showing how events can seemingly conspire for, and against all of us. Yes, the stories of Trim and Flinders were sometimes long-winded - but isn't that the way life is to us sometimes? The details that we'd rather not know about so that we can cut to the chase and get to the more interesting, inspiring bits? It was the telling of Trim's story that gave Billy hope and allowed him to employ his creative self, both through his drunken wanderings AND his sober perseverance whilst waiting for contact with Ryan. I experienced this book as a brilliant insight into the very heart of so many issues and I loved the narration - excellent work, as usual, by Humphrey Bower. Hats off to author and narrator!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KathR 10-14-09
    KathR 10-14-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Top listening!"

    Rich characterisation, rich language, light hearted but serious and altogether, a good story. Bryce Courtenay and Humphrey Bower have produced a wonderful piece of entertainment. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a book so much. Could not put this one down.

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    Andrew Smee 10-03-09
    Andrew Smee 10-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Authentic Australia"

    The story of Billy, Ryan, the characters of Sydney's underbelly, and the city itself ring absolutely true to this Australian, and Humphrey Bower does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, with his authentic Australian voices. The story of Trim and Matthew Flinders, gives depth and an historical counterpoint to this tale of despair, courage and redemption in modern Australia.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CynNC 08-14-08
    CynNC 08-14-08 Member Since 2007

    "Pug Lover"

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    "Another Winner"

    Bryce Courtaney is a Master, have yet to read/listen to one of his that I have not LOVED and Humphrey Bower's voice is incredible. I can't imagine anyone not truly enjoying this one!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J K Evatt 09-01-07
    J K Evatt 09-01-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great Narrator"

    I really like this narrator which is why I chose this book. I thought the book was decent but I wasnt a big fan of the stories the old man told about the cat. They were way too long and it didnt have anything to do with the story.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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