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The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal | [Lilian Jackson Braun]

The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal

Back in Pickax, Jim Qwilleran expects to resume a quiet life, but the people and animals of Pickax have other ideas. A noisy cardinal wakes him every morning. Nosy neighbors drop by uninvited, and the Siamese misbehave, even sneezing on guests. As if they weren't bad enough, Qwill's long-time companion acts as though she is in love, with another man. But worst of all, Qwill finds a body in his apple orchard.
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Back in Pickax, Jim Qwilleran expects to resume a quiet life, but the people and animals of Pickax have other ideas. A noisy cardinal wakes him every morning. Nosy neighbors drop by uninvited, and the Siamese misbehave, even sneezing on guests. As if they weren't bad enough, Qwill's long-time companion acts as though she is in love, with another man.

But worst of all, Qwill finds a body in his apple orchard. When Qwill's friend becomes the chief suspect, he embarks on a crusade to clear Dennis Hough's name and win back Polly Duncan's heart. Even Koko sniffs out a few clues. But will their efforts be too little too late? Not even Koko knows for sure in the quirky, engaging romp through Moose County.

©1991 Lilian Jackson Braun; (P)2003 New Millenium Audio, All Rights Reserved

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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 03-25-10
    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 03-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "lovely"

    I've read about a half dozen of these "The Cat Who..." books. They are pretty consistently light and airy, enjoyable books. So I wasn't expecting anything more from an audiobook version, but the narrator did an excellent job and really enhanced the story for me, being very skilled at changing his voice/accent just a bit for each character... and he knows his Siamese cat voices, too! He made the funny parts funnier and the sad parts sadder. I will look for more narrations by George Guidall! Love him.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-20-13
    Linda 05-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "RELAX IN PICKAXE"

    I live in large metropolitan area. When I want to get my thoughts away from the big city (or Down Below as it is called in the books), these stories work as a "mini" vacation for me.

    The stories are moderately paced and light. There are recurring characters along with characters unique to each story. I find the characters interesting, somewhat quirky and mostly pleasant. You will find no serial killers in Pickaxe City. Neither will you find graphic sex or violence.

    In my opinion these stories are enhanced by the excellent narration of George Guidall. He uses just the right amount of distinction in character voices.

    These are audio books I listen to over and over. So far I haven't tired of visiting Jim Qwilleran and his friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sid 05-31-12
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    Would you listen to The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. The stories are so engaging, the characters are just fun to be with.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings out the humor in the story, and he is so good with making all the characters distinct, including those cats, who of course are what brings me back to the story again!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed quite a lot, especially the cat antics.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to listening to whole series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine M. Hosch Covington, LA USA 03-19-12
    Katherine M. Hosch Covington, LA USA 03-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Charming"
    What did you love best about The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal?

    The best part of this audiobook is the narration - George Guidall is such a treat!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal?

    The description of the interior of the barn was delightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The denoument was my favorite scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    A slight story - not much of a mystery. But a charming tale nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 10-07-09
    Russell 10-07-09 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Delightful"

    I have read a few of 'The Cat Who' novels, and listening to an auidiobook version was completely delightful.

    The stories in these books are intended to be light and fluffy without alot of blood and gore.
    The story flows nicely and the narrator does a fanstastic job.

    If you haven't read the other novels (in order) you might feel a little lost on the characters, but it is not hard to be captivated by the interesting people and personalities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina 06-26-12
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    "Another great Cat Who book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will always recommend the Cat Who series. It is very well narrated. This is I think the third book that I have listened to that George did and he is great every time. I like how the story is so easy to picture happening in your head as it is written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Koko is my favorite in all of the books. He is so very smart, makes me pay attention to my dog a little more to see if she gives little hints to things too.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to give away the last couple lines, but I'm glad Koko's friend returned in the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Parkdale, Australia 09-15-10
    Margaret Parkdale, Australia 09-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Sunday afternoon listening"

    Light weight story but beautifully read. Just wanted to curl up in the sun and watch the orchard blossom. Very light weight story (promises nothing more - so delivers well) read with empathy. Ideal for a winter afternoon and a warm fire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-07-10
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-07-10

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "bland, but that too has a place"

    Although a pleasant little listen, I don't think I'd download more of "The Cat Who.." series.

    I adore British whodunnit cozies with eccentric characters and period setting - and though this was much in the same vein (i.e. no gore or terse suspense, but gentle comedy), a contemporary rural North American setting just didn't catch my rural North American attention.

    Siamese cats are cute characters, but even the talented Geirge Guidall sounds silly trying to say "meow." Better read than said, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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