The Theft of the Mafia Cat Copyright ©1972 by Edward D. Hoch; Animals Copyright ©1985 by Clark Howard; A Great Sight Copyright ©1983 by Janwillem van de Wetering; The Duel Copyright ©1991 by J.A. Jance; The Maggody Files: Hillbilly Cat Copyright ©1992 by Joan Hess; Nine Lives to Live Copyright ©1992 by Sharyn McCrumb; No Hard Feelings Copyright ©1992 by Larry Segriff; Coyote Peyote Copyright ©1994 by Carole Nelson Douglas; The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats Copyright ©1934 by Ellery Queen, Copyright Renewed; Copyright (P)1996 by Dove Audio, Inc.
I have no complaints about the stories in this audible book. I enjoyed most of the readings. Especially Jean Smart. Unfortunately, the editing of the stories is awful; whoever edited the audible book did not allow for a break between each story. As soon as one story was finished another one began. I found this very frustrating. There was no time to evaluate each story. I enjoy being given the opportunity to create an opinion on the nature, character, or quality of the books I am listening to.
Because of the authors included in this book, particularly Sharon McCrumb and Joan Hess, I was eager to listen. And several of the stories did not let me down. However, for anyone who has cats in their family, as I do, may wish to avoid this book. At least three of the stories involved death of cats and one deals with the theft of cats and their ultimate sale to vivisection/cosmetic laboratories with such detailed descriptions I couldn't listen to much of the story. Having skipped ahead, I did find a redeeming ending to the story, however sad, but this selection and others certainly cooled me to the book overall.
These are great stories, but there is less than a second between them! The name and author of the next story is not even given. The last sentence of one literally runs into the first sentence of the next which is very confusing.
Each story in this collection, for the most part, is a lot of fun and what one would want in a cat-centric mystery compilation. There were two not to my liking but I can't tell you which due to the bizarre editing choice for the collection.
There is no introduction given for any of the stories, not even the name of the story or the author who wrote it. Stories simply run one into the next, and if it wasn't for different readers taking over, it would take you a few minutes to realize you were on a new story.
I heard several stories I'd love to read more like. I just don't know what I listened to.
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