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Matthew Flinder's Cat Audiobook

Matthew Flinder's Cat

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.
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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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    Bonnie High Point, NC, USA 01-23-08
    Bonnie High Point, NC, USA 01-23-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Matthew Flinder's Cat"

    What a delightful surprise. The daily pattern of a street alcoholic is all that keeps Billy (former Barrister) together. His morning coffee, reciting poetry for mynah birds he is eliminating on the steps of the court house, the conservatory in the afternoon, and finally drink in the evening. Then Billy, meets a young lad of 11 who changes his life and makes him want to give up this life of alcohol, and help the child, too.

    It does involve much of the seamier side of life, and is set in Australian, but the tale is so good. It involves Prim the cat, Billy's good friends, Mr. Williams, and other vivid caracters.

    5 of 6 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CynNC 08-14-08
    CynNC 08-14-08 Member Since 2007

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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!

    4 of 5 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.

    6 of 8 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 10-24-09
    Judith Worcestershire, United Kingdom 10-24-09 Member Since 2013
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    "WONDERFUL"

    My first listen to a book by Bryce Courtenay. A really good listen with characters you will care about from beginning to end. Reader Humphrey Bower is a real treat. His reading enhances any book. Not to be missed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary j aboughadareh 07-29-08
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    "Still another 5 stars for a Courtnay book"

    I can't seem to tear myself aways from Courtnay. Even so, I didn't think I'd be keen on the subject matter but it was a great story, even the bits about the cat. Bower is the best reader ever!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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