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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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    Judy 03-03-15
    Judy 03-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story!"

    This is my 6th book by this author and I will listen to more. Humphrey is an excellent voice telling the story
    Bryce consistently educates and entertains to the highest standard .

    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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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-09-13
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 08-09-13 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "Almost the best till last"

    Well that's the lot unless BC left one behind to publish from the grave but I am so glad I left this one to last. I enjoyed all his books to varying degrees but this one hit home and took me to places I had not thought of. Provocative, read brilliantly as you might expect by HB and poignant to say the least. Yes, I would have liked a bigger ending, yes it might be a little predictable but worth every invested second of your listening time.

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    Susan 01-29-13
    Susan 01-29-13

    I'm a landscape architect by profession and an avid listener of audio books ! I particularly love the historical based fiction series, like Courteney, McCammon, and Gabaldon,. I listen in the car, while designing in my studio and most evenings.

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    "Strong Story of Child Pornograpy & Alcholism!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Not for the faint of heart! Bryce was able to weave together 2 of societies ills, the child pornography trade and alcoholism into a story that made me wince and cry and smile.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This story really helped me understand the program that AA offers and how it helps those that are addicted.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Humphrey Bower is my favorite narrator. His voice and characterizations are spot on! No one else can evoke such laughter and tears from me.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A tough subject to read about, as was his book, Jessica, but well worth your time.

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    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 12-10-10
    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 12-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great yarn"

    Bryce Courtenay should have been an Irishman... he can certainly tell a good yarn. I cared for his characters, but found the devise of the cat a bit unnecessary. It intruded, in my opinion, into the real story of an alcoholic and a sad, unsupported child.

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    Joan Swamp Yankee 09-23-16
    Joan Swamp Yankee 09-23-16 Member Since 2006

    Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!

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    "Not What I Expected but Excellent"

    At first I thought this would be a "Billy Budd" story. Then I thought it would be a "light-hearted" tale of an alcoholic who makes friends with this 10 yr. old boy and tells him the story of Matthew Flinder's cat, , then I hadn't a clue where this suddenly serious book was headed.
    My only regret is that it ended too abruptly, and left me with too many dangling threads. Also:
    Spoiler: although you know from the beginning that the cat did at some point die,
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    When then scene of Tinder's death comes nearly at the end of the book, it is truly heart wrenching and grisly. I was horrified and had a hard time believing that the scene was real. I have no idea if it's a true story or not- but it's a tearjerker and I for one would have preferred to have been lied to if it is real.

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    Sonja Z. Thomas Atlanta, Ga 09-21-16
    Sonja Z. Thomas Atlanta, Ga 09-21-16 Member Since 2011

    sonja Zelen

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    "Mind opening with 2 great stories in one. Lovely narration."

    This book opened so many doors into worlds I have little knowledge of and gave me compassion for the abandoned and invisible in the work.

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    Nikita 08-20-16
    Nikita 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible story"

    Awesome story, but the reader constantly delegating his mouth and they didn't cut it out, very siscusting.

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    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 07-15-16
    Shelley Prince Rupert, BC, Canada 07-15-16
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    "Another good read"

    I have enjoyed all of Bryce Courtenay's books. This one is no exception. Interesting story and great characters

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    Carrie Bullinger 06-26-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Great storyteller."

    I have enjoyed all of the books by this author and this one is no exception.

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