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Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

By: T. S. Eliot
Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
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Publisher's Summary

A delightful new recording of T. S. Eliot's beloved cat poems. Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad.

Meet magical Mr. Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there!

In 1925, T. S. Eliot became codirector of Faber & Faber, who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr. Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of 'Old Possum'.

In 1981, Eliot's poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats, which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history.

Thomas Stearns Eliot was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He came to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

©1939 T. S. Eliot (P)2011 Faber Audio

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Beautifully done!

A beloved book, a beautiful reading. I just sat down to listen with my eyes closed and, from time to time, an Edward Gorey drawing would come to mind.
Cat lovers everywhere should give it a listen.

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Catfully delightful!

I have not one negative thing to say about this piece TS Eliot did a great job writing it. Miranda Richardson was perfect to read it and the story is unique, universal, and heartwarming. On top of all that it gives children of this age something to strive for in the realm of vocabulary. A treasure for all time.

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It is Okay

The book itself is good but it doesn’t have all of the poems in it of the practical cats as in Macavity Me.Mistofolees

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Delightful

While the movie may have fallen short of expectations, Miranda Richardson's reading of T.S. Eliot's classic really delivers! I smiled throughout the reading and felt like a kid again. I loved it

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Great to Listen to!

I love T.S. Eliot and this is one of his most underrated poetry books. The narration was on point and grasped the spirit of each cat fully.

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Rounds out the broadway musical experience !

As I listen to this incredible performance I can hear in my head the music accompaniment from ALWebers creation / adaptation. Miranda Richardson presents, w incredible timing, an award winning performance of multiple characters with voice inflection only. Remarkable how with tonal shifts and variable tempo a unique character is presented.

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a real pleasure.

both in book or musical it is worth its applause. their if some people that do not look at the talent.

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I just love those cats

I have always enjoyed this book and Miranda Richardson's reading was magnificent.. all together irresistible.

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Lovely and quiet

I loved finding this title. I enjoyed watching the musical Cats. I enjoy picking listening to the original work and picking out the differences between the two. It’s also great to fall asleep to, so soft and soothing. Miranda Richardson does a wonderful job!

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Granddaughter loves this!

When I told my 5 year old granddaughter we were going to listen to something different at bedtime, she's said "remember, I don't like your stories." I then told her I thought she would like this one, as it was about cats! She agreed and fell asleep about 25 minutes into the book! We love it ❤

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First rate

I must have listened to this half a dozen times and each time I still chuckle at the humour and characterization. Love it and sent a hard copy to my granddaughter.

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  • 06-02-21

Lovely performance of brilliant poems!

My 6 year old son is loving these poems! Nice too to revisit them myself! Excellent narrator - doing a much better job than I was 😆

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