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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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    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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    Kristin 08-22-16
    Kristin 08-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting perspective"

    Not as powerful as the Power of One, but an entertaining perspective of an alcoholic who had it all and what can push someone over the edge and then bring them back.

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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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    Brenda 06-28-16
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    "Tough start, great story"

    I am very happy I stuck with it. I wasn't loving the book for the first chapter or so. It ended up being a great story.

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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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    T 04-20-16
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    "Can't relate to the characters"

    Fairly well written but agonizingly detailed and slow. I usually like long, detailed books but this one wore on without seeming to go anywhere until I felt I was tormenting myself to continue and gave up.

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    kevin dry new york 04-13-16
    kevin dry new york 04-13-16 Member Since 2013

    Almost 50; some reluctant military experience ;travelled (surfed) through Africa ; Australia;Indonesia and the USA. Enjoy a good adventure.

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    "crashed"

    This book crashed half way through the book ; the fix offered was that I listening to the book in the wrong region and must wait until i return to the USA to complete the book

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