Nine Lives

Nine Lives Short Story Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Barbara Goldie
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Trixie is a feline of a unique sort. She's hustled the streets of the Big Easy many times but never quite like this. Trixie finds that when in New Orleans, hoodoo is much more than a tourist shop full of souvenirs. Reality has never been stranger and the stakes are much higher than ever before. See how this sexy feline takes on every challenge thrown at her and in the process discovers that there's more to life than meets the eye.

This is a (short) story in an upcoming series by Karli Rush.

©2016 Karli Rush (P)2017 Karli Rush

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Short NoLa fun

I enjoyed this short story from start to finish. I could see it becoming a great series - either with the same characters or others - if the author were so inclined.

The narrator was excellent, and I'd definitely give anything she does a listen. Given the verbiage in the story, I'd have liked to hear an attempted Cajun accent, but I can't imagine that would have been an easy feat unless she already has one. Added to my re-listen list!

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Cute short story, good narration

This is a pretty short audiobook - finished in one day on my (admittedly long) commute. The storyline was cute, although there were some unexplained gaps. I assume that this is/will be a series, and other books might fill in those gaps. I liked the idea of the book being narrated from the cat's perspective, and there were some funny moments in the book related to hairballs and dinner choices. It's not a deep thriller and doesn't have a complex plot, but it's a nice little audio escape.

I enjoyed the narration; the narrator has a pleasant and soothing voice which fit well with the New Orleans setting. The little girl's voice was a bit high-pitched but overall, the narration was very well done.

I would listen to other books in the series if available; my interest is piqued enough.

(I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.)

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Voodoo Redemption

This tale (tail?), stands on its own as we meet a cursed cat coming face to face with the sins of a previous life. Charming and engaging on its own, but with added verve from voice actress Barbara Goldie's interpretation of the characters.

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Good start to a series

Fun short story. I think the series could be really enjoyable as Trixie the cat helps people and works her way to redemption. This novella is mostly about the little girl who adopts Trixie thinking she's a real cat and Remy, the neighbor who's woman is cheating on him. Trixie finds a fun feline way to help both.

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Fun!!!

As a start of a new series, this story provides an excellent setup. The story is enjoyable if a bit predictable. Still, there is enough variation to keep it fresh. The narration is excellent! Overall, if you are looking for a relaxing, enjoyable listen, pick it up!

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A Good Short Story with a Great Narrator

This was a short cat fantasy story which was good, but what really stood out for me was the narration. I Loved laughing at every MEOW!. I think I may have enjoyed this more if it was perhaps a longer novella vs a short story as I found myself wanting more.

If your a Cat fan and like fantasy then this is a book for you.

Note this book was provided free for review, the opinions are my honest thoughts.

(At the time of this review the audiobook did not have chapter titles, this is a must for me in audiobooks these days)

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Very interesting

An interesting story with voodoo magic, a curse and a way for a feline to redeem herself. Told from the cats point of view, I was surprised to learn there is much more to the cats story. I received a complimentary audio and this review is voluntary.

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More meows!!

I wish it was longer! Hope there will be more books soon! Everything was wonderful! Though the quality of the audio could have been better, the performance could not have! No complaints!

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Nine Lives

This is a very queer concept...to hex a woman into a black cat and curse it. To find out why and how it all ends Very good narration.

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Very good all around.

My wife and I really enjoyed this short story on a car ride to the beach. It is only slightly strange the narrator being a cat but the story makes up for it. I highly recommend this short suspenseful story.

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  • Engrossed Reader
  • 04-10-20

Cat Investigations

The synopsis for Nine Lives was vague enough that I wanted to know more to find out if it was worth my while. It was. Trixie is a woman, now a cat because she messed with the wrong family by stepping out with a married man. Trixie gets adopted by a single parent and finds that she's also picked up the inquisitive nature of her new species, which leads to her investigating the neighbours. To say anything more would give away the plot and that would be a shame as being a short read, there is not much time to develop layers.

I admired Trixie for her honesty - being turned into a cat, gave her a reality check. She sounded pretty unlikable (to me) when ruminating on what got her turned into a cat and I am sure in part, was what drove her to be a wandering cat, trying to right a wrong.

“The things we dislike most in others are the characteristics we like least in ourselves". Marian Keyes

I felt the story was a little simplistic and characters not as well developed as they could have. For the life of me I couldn't understand the oblivious natures of some of the characters but let it slide as it helped achieve a satisfying conclusion. That said I do want to find out more about Trixie’s adventures and if she will ever get turned back into a human.

The narration was good, though I thought it sounded echoey in places, even on headphones and via bluetooth speaker. The variation in voices was fair, though for some inexplicable reason I expected a stronger regional accent.

My thanks for a free copy in return for a candid review.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-17-20

Cute

What a cute story, I liked it a lot. First time listening to this Author and Narrator.

Hope there are follow ups to this book?!

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  • MasterReader
  • 02-16-20

"Hey, Green Eyes"

Story:
Trixie enjoys to cheat. She selects and dates her lovers because of their cash and couldn't care less, if they are married or not. Once she lays her hands on their money, they get dumped and she is off to find and seduce her next victim.
When she hooks up with a male (and destroys his marriage) where the wife has a voodoo practising relative, she is in for a nasty surprise.
The angry woman turns her into a black cat and places her in an animal shelter.
Luckily cat Trixie is soon adopted by a cute girl, Annabelle, and her mother.
Of course, our black feline's most pressing problem is to undo the spell, but what is a cat to do?
Redemption for her deeds is the clue and that's where handsome Remy, the neighbour next door, comes in.
His girlfriend is as nasty, as they come, and carelessly cheats on him and what's more, she has an evil plan in store for our enthusiastic and pretty naive chef Remy.
Trixie feels like looking at herself in a mirror, when she watches how Remy is treated by the love of his life and decides, something has to be done to help the poor guy.
But how?
What could she possibly do, considering she is now only a totally and utterly harmless small cat.....right?

Narration:
Barbara Goldie is superb when she gives 10 year old Annabelle a voice. It's so cute and completely believable.
Sadly, apart from those highlights, I found her narration often a bit rushed and I lost concentration a few times and had to stop and go back to pick up the story thread.

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The story is told from a cat's POW and I absolutely loved it. It's done very well and believable and funny, and of course, every chapter has to start with a "Meow".
The police solves the case too fast and too easy for my liking. They certainly don't work and gain information by the speed of a cat being chased by a very fierce dog, but I can live with that, because I like Trixie (as a cat, mind you), and I like Annabelle.

I hope, there will be at some point a second part of Nine Lives. Even if the story works well as a standalone, I would still love to hear, what Trixie is up to next and if the chemistry between her and Remy grows and if she can live up to her "Nine Lives"destiny.

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  • blue_river @AudiobookObsession
  • 08-28-19

Nine Lives

For such a short listen, you really get a great story. I love the inner monologue throughout this book and the way it ended was perfect and will definitely have me looking for the next book.

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  • Lea
  • 07-31-19

Short story

This is an easy listening short story. It was easy to follow and well read.

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  • Helen
  • 07-13-19

short story

short but very sweet great team by author Karli Rush and narrate Barbara Goldie can't wait for book 2 bit longer would be nice

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  • Emma Jane Marie
  • 07-09-19

A story of redemption!

Tricksy has been turned into a cat. She must now navigate her life in her new form and find redemption for her sins.
I think it is truly clever how the author done a human mind in a cats body! I cannot wait for the next instalment of Tricksy's story!

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  • bored
  • 06-22-19

Interesting premise

Interesting premise, reasonably well executed. This is clearly one short story intended to form part of a wider arc. To be fair, it's not really my kind of thing. Would recommend to older teens who like the premise.

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  • Emma
  • 06-16-19

Cute short story

Cute short story. Great narration. Deffo Worth a listen. Really like the character of Trixy.