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The Cat Who Went Bananas | [Lilian Jackson Braun]

The Cat Who Went Bananas

Autumn has arrived, and the citizens of Pickax find themselves amid a clamor of activity. In addition to the opening of its latest theatrical production, the town is celebrating the dedication of a new bookstore and park built in memory of Pickax's beloved bookshop owner Edd Smith. Columnist Jim Qwilleran, participating in the festivities, is also busy with his latest book project: an account of a uniquely historic guest residence, the Hibbard House.
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Publisher's Summary

Autumn has arrived, and the citizens of Pickax find themselves amid a clamor of activity. In addition to the opening of its latest theatrical production, the town is celebrating the dedication of a new bookstore and park built in memory of Pickax's beloved bookshop owner Edd Smith. Columnist Jim Qwilleran, participating in the festivities, is also busy with his latest book project: an account of a uniquely historic guest residence, the Hibbard House.

The merry atmosphere, however, is dampened by the suspicious death of an out-of-town actor and the mysterious theft of a rare book. Qwill's research into the Hibbard House provides unexpected insight into these strange proceedings. Qwill must also rely on his perceptive Siamese Koko, who has been acting particularly odd in regard to the newest resident of the Hibbard House. Has Koko gone bananas, or will his unusual behavior help Qwill unravel this mystery?

With her 27th Cat Who book, Lilian Jackson Braun proves yet again that Qwill, Yum Yum, and Koko are the purrfect team to solve any mystery.

©2004 Lilian Jackson Braun; (P)2004 Penguin Audio and Recorded Books, LLC

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"A master of mystery who knows exactly when to let the cat out of the bag." (People)

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    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 02-14-05
    Nina Arlington, VA, USA 02-14-05
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    "VERY disappointing"

    Don't even bother. If you, like myself, have been a fan of Coco and Yum-Yum for many years, you'll find yourself wondering if she switched editors -- or if this book was even edited at all.

    She crams in every character who has ever made an appearance in one of her books, with a very weak plot that really only shows up in the last 1/3 of the book, and is never resolved. Please, Ms. Braun, go back to your tried and true formula. Your loyal readers do not expect iinvolved character development. We just want the fluffy, yet delightful formula you've always delivered before.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Pavilion, NY, United States 06-22-05
    Scott Pavilion, NY, United States 06-22-05
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    "The books a mystery, the story is not."

    Contrary to assumption, this book is not a murder mystery but actually just a story about a town that happens to have a murder happen during the story. There is no resolution nor is there any plot. This book wanders aimlessly and simply ends. The characters in the book are incredibly shallow and flat. They give no sense of reality. You don't feel like you are reading about real people at all. The "suspension of disbelief" that should occur in a good novel is not obtained and you feel like you are reading disjointed sentences mentioning characters.

    Hopefully this book is a result of "The Author Who Went Bananas" and is not a glimpse into the decline of the series yet to come.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah CLARKSVILLE, IN, United States 12-08-11
    Sarah CLARKSVILLE, IN, United States 12-08-11

    Mom, wife and caregiver. Variety in my music and book libraries. I love a good romance or mystery. In order to be worth my time and money there needs to be some good characters, a good plot and a length to make it worth my money. I will follow authors, series or even readers.

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    "George Guidall.... read for me!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Cat Who Went Bananas to be better than the print version?

    I love George Guidall as a reader. I love this series but him as Mr Q really brings the stories to life.


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

    I could listen to George Guidall read a textbook and I love this series so any chance for him as Mr Q is a positive in my book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victor 07-20-14
    Victor 07-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This could have taken place in Lake Wobegone."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this book; great characters, kind of like hanging out in an L.L. Bean catalog, but at Lake Wobegone.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Fizzles out.


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

    George Guidall is the grandfather you never had, and my favorite narrator. Sometimes I look for books that he's narrated, because I like his narration that much.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. I'd wait for it to come out on Netflix, or TV.


    Any additional comments?

    This is ok, but it's a little like hanging out in a retirement home with active seniors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Petaluma, CA, United States 11-11-10
    Joan Petaluma, CA, United States 11-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Cat Who Went Bananas"

    Cute story for anyone who likes a little mystery and likes cats. The author has a very good imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Irwin Freehold, NJ, USA 02-24-06
    Irwin Freehold, NJ, USA 02-24-06
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    "Another Pleasant Visit"

    Different reactions among listeners to the recent entries in this long running series are understandable. For the listener who has visited with George Guidall over the years, no single book stands alone on its merits; on the other hand,first time readers or those who are able to encapulate each experience from the others, are likely to respond differently.
    Speaking as a long time listener (I do not believe I ever read one), who believe the reader is the perfect embodiment of the lead character, this was quite enjoyable despite the authors minimalist approach to "the mystery". True mystery fans, to whom the character and situations are secondary, will have reason for complaint.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Polly WINTER HAVEN, FL, USA 10-27-05
    Polly WINTER HAVEN, FL, USA 10-27-05
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    "Intriguing...keeps you wondering"

    I have loved all the "Cat WHO" books. They are light, and easy to read. Fun & keep you guessing. Good reading for those who don't like to be bogged down in 1000 page wordy novels. Never stagnet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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