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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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    Judy 03-03-15
    Judy 03-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful story!"

    This is my 6th book by this author and I will listen to more. Humphrey is an excellent voice telling the story
    Bryce consistently educates and entertains to the highest standard .

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    mary j aboughadareh 07-29-08
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    "Still another 5 stars for a Courtnay book"

    I can't seem to tear myself aways from Courtnay. Even so, I didn't think I'd be keen on the subject matter but it was a great story, even the bits about the cat. Bower is the best reader ever!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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    Beryl Harrington 01-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Bryce Courteney books"

    I have never read a Bryce Courteney book I didn't like & this is.no exception - excellent. Also beautifully read - thank you.

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    Audible Addict 01-04-17
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    "this isn't a novel - rather a lot of preaching"

    The narrator is just fine but the book is horrible. A thinly veiled commercial for alcohol rehab and a tiny bit of a kids book. An odd combo that absolutely did not work for me. Oh, and there is the fact that despite all of the "taking responsibility" the authors blames everyone else, particularly the women in his life, for his problems.

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    Susan Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-22-16
    Susan Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-22-16 Member Since 2011

    Love books of all kind, especially well developed characters.

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    "Love Bryce"

    Bryce Courtenay writes beautiful words to describe the most deplorable situations. This book is about an alcoholic, a boy and a cat which connects them. Bryce takes you into the world of alcoholism and drugs and poverty like no other author. But Bryce always writes to uplift the hearts and souls. This book is no different . As much as the subject matter is unpleasant it is also uplifting. Thank you Bryce and Humphrey for your narration.

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    Julie D. Dickinson Portage, Michigan USA 10-22-16
    Julie D. Dickinson Portage, Michigan USA 10-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Not Courtenay's Best"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I have been a big fan of Courtney & Bower since listening to The Power of One which is one of the best books I‘ve listened to and definitely the best from Courtney. Matthew Flinder‘s Cat was not up to par with other books by Courtney and even Bower‘s reading couldn‘t save it. The first two thirds of the book dragged on and half way through I was looking at my ipod to see how far I‘d gotten and if I wanted to invest any more time into it. The entire storyline with the cat left much to be desired and the boy acted much too mature for his age. In general I applaud Courtney for trying to address such important topics as alcoholism and child prostitution, but it still didn‘t save this story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bryce Courtenay again?

    Yes.


    What three words best describe Humphrey Bower’s voice?

    Perfect for Courtney.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get through it, the last third of the story is potentially worth listening too but only if you are a hardcore Courtney fan with lots of time on your hands and got the book on sale. If you are limited on time, and who isn‘t, then you are much better off putting your credit to use on one of Courtney‘s many other excellent books like Power of One, Tandia or Brother Fish.

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    bonnie 09-29-16
    bonnie 09-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heartfelt and inspiring."

    Although it took a few chapters before I felt the flow I was thoroughly intrigued and entertained by the characters and their extreme honesty. This book tackles two very important subjects. 1. alcoholism and addiction and 2. pedophilia. I am actually amazed that a book based on these two huge, touchy, frightening, politically awkward issues would be so engrossing, educational and compelling.
    Well done Bryce. You rock! :-)

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