Cats don’t really have nine lives, but they can visit nine different lives, anywhere, anytime. This is the secret Jason’s cat, Gareth, tells him. When Jason hears this, he begs to go along. Soon cat and boy find themselves in ancient Egypt on the first of nine fantastic adventures. With the wink of an eye, Jason and Gareth are transported to alluring settings in world history. On their travels they meet interesting and famous people, such as St. Patrick, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Whether the destination is Renaissance Italy or revolutionary America, their appearance never fails to cause a stir. And wherever they go, Gareth leaves his inimitable pawprint on history.
Filled with fascinating historical information and enchanting cat lore, Time Cat showcases the author’s wonderful talent for capturing the imagination as he immerses you in other cultures. Ron Keith’s delightful narration conveys all the humor and excitement as you travel through time with Gareth and Jason.
©1991 Lloyd Alexander (P)1999 Recorded Books
I have rarely experienced a narrator I disliked as much as this one. The man chewed his words and had about as much sense of excitement and adventure as a can of Lima beans. Also, he didn't really have much sense of character voices, and chose the driest performance options when a line could be read in more than one way.
I found myself coming to dread listening to this thing, and thought I actually disliked the story, but it confused me, because I remembered loving both this book and others written by Alexander when I was a child. I picked up a copy of the physical book that my husband had lying around, and Lo! Reading it silently, it sounded more fun and full of wonder in just a few short paragraphs than I had experienced in three chapters listening to him.
Seriously, if you can get to experience this story in ANY other medium, go there. This narrator is better suited for reading self help books for insomniacs than children's books.
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