The Art of Purring

Narrated by: David Michie
Series: The Dalai Lama's Cat, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Dalai Lama's cat is back - older, a bit wiser, and as curious as ever.

In this audiobook, the Dalai Lama sets for his lovable feline companion the task of investigating the art of purring. Whether it's the humorous insights gained from a visiting Ivy League psychology professor, the extraordinary research of a world-famous biologist, or the life-changing revelations of a mystical yogi, His Holiness's cat encounters a wealth of wisdom about happiness. And what she discovers changes the way she sees herself forever.

With a much loved - and growing - cast of characters from the local community and His Holiness's residence, as well as encounters with intriguing strangers and celebrities from far and wide, The Art of Purring will transport listeners in another unforgettable story. Along the way they will come to understand how elements of contemporary science and Buddhism converge. And, once again, they will feel the warmth of compassion and non-attachment that radiate from the heart of the Dalai Lama's teachings about our quest for enduring happiness.

©2013 David Michie (P)2016 Bolinda

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Great continuation of The Dalai Lama's Cat series

I love this series and have found all three books wonderful. This is Book 2, and continues where Book 1 left off. I adore the author's narration, although in general I don't think authors should narrate their own work. In this case, it works perfectly--I don't think anyone else could do justice to Michie's writing. (I am a bit of a sucker for the British accent, though, which might make me biased.)

The only caution I would give readers is that if you decide to listen to this series, do it in sequence, or you'll miss things you probably don't want to miss. Also, I buy and download the Kindle books and read and listen at the same time. Some books seem to lend themselves to that experience and some don't. In my opinion, these do.

I'm getting ready to listen to and/or read some of Michie's other work, like Hurry Up and Meditate, which I hope I enjoy as much as I have this series. He has a good-sized body of work, and I've just discovered he narrates some books by other authors. I'm currently studying Buddhist meditation in hopes of bettering my ability to meditate, and hope that his books will help toward this end.

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A wonderful sequel by a cat.

A wonderful sequel of the continued outlooks and adventures from His Holimess's Cat. I really enjoyed this fictional story that carries so much meaning and perspectives.

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Powerful yet relaxing

Fantastic, original story, building on first book. By the time this cat passes to the next life, she will have achieved enlightenment. :)

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Perfect and fun followup to The Dalai Lama's Cat

The first book, The Dalai Lama's Cat was really fun to listen to. And, I learned about meditation along the way. I didn't realize there were 3 books in a series, so gleefully indulged in a binge and bought books 2 and 3.

I think there is a right audience for these books, maybe people who might identify with the words "Seeker" or "Awake" or some version of that theme. Such readers would have fun with the clues dropped on the secret identities of celebrity visitors in these books too.

There is a playful energy in these books and listening to these really put me in a good mood, with a quiet smile on my face as I went about my chores, listening to the story unfold.

Well-written story line, with great plot curves, subtle, gentle, and quietly fun - I like being taught ideas this way.

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Happiness

If you are in search of happiness then this is a story you need to listen to. A delightfully written book with so many insights! I loved it.

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My. new favorites!

David Michie's books bring. joy and deep. new insights to me. Little Snow Lion touches my heart.

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Purring in the Time of Pandemic

I loved this book. During a very difficult and trying time, it helps us to be still and make some sense out of chaos. It reminds us of love and compassion and our connections to one another and spirituality. It is a lovely story and a gentle introduction to buddhism. Thank you Mr. Michie for giving us HHC and some sense, even far off, of the Dalai Lama.

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A relaxing listen

I loved listening to this before I fall asleep. It’s very relaxing plus I love cats I always talk to mine like they were human.

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excellent

I loved the story and the narration. Hope the author writes more books of the same genre and reads them himself

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My New Favorite Book!

Loved every minute! Would recommend to anyone! I don't have any more words to offer..

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  • Leo'sMa
  • 04-27-17

Perfect timing, beautiful story

This is the third David Michie book I've listened too and they are beautiful stories and beautifully read. This book has come into my life at exactly the right moment; it's perfect for me. Thank you so much for touching my life. Namaste xxx

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  • Ann D
  • 05-07-18

Disapointed!

The first in this series, The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a fab little book. Unfortunately, I found this one to be rather disappointing. It has lots of pleasant chat, but for me, little of substance. The narration was excellent, clear and relaxing. I have purchased the third in the series as I am optimistic (in the Buddhist tradition) that it will be as good as the first. I will however, be returning this one.

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  • Commentator
  • 03-12-18

The Art Of Happiness

Story is a delight to listen to, with secrets to happiness thrown in for good measure. The story's characters are well drawn and the plot development draws you onto the next chapter as soon as possible. Like the first book in the series, will happily play again, not just for the nuggets of wisdom hidden within each chapter, but for the general sense of well-being the book emanates. The author David Michie narrates, and his voice carries all the subtleties of inflexion that bring an already great book springing to life.

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  • Mrs O
  • 01-22-18

Pure Joy

I am looking forward to the day that I re read/listen to these books. I won’t say too much other than you will not regret reading about the Dalai Lama’s Cat HHC. Your life will be all the richer for doing so. Enjoy the most beautiful and enriching tales, I certainly did. xXx

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  • samantha cooling-stones
  • 03-11-17

lovely book! filled with warmth and compassion

I loved the unfolding nature of this wonderful story, filled with warmth compassion and wonderful insights. thankyou

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  • Mel B.
  • 06-16-20

purrfick

second time loved it. It was timely helping me clear my head towards happier days

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  • JED
  • 04-22-20

Beautiful spiritual listen

This is an excellent follow up to his first book. I am reading/listening to these during the UK lockdown for the Covid19 virus. They are a great way to take you away from the truly awful events going on in hospitals around the world. The narrator voice is very smooth and calming. You have the spiritual thoughts of the Buddhist monks alongside the endearing thoughts of HHC His Holiness Cat. These are a beautiful listen at any time, but right now they are a therapeutic tonic of healing thoughts. They have led me to want to know more about the Dalai Lama. I only rated the story as a 4 as so many key facts from the first book needed to be reiterated to ensure new readers have the necessary background information. Other than that, it would be a 5. The story continues the lives and progress of those from the first book adding some new and interesting people to ensure the spiritual messages can be passed on in such a lovely way. I have listened to ALL four books several times now and made many bookmarks in each. A perfect piece of writing.

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  • Michele Vardy
  • 03-28-20

Awesome

Absolutely loved this book and was mortified when it ended. Beautifully written and presented by the author. Can't wait to start the next one by David Michie.

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  • Dawnchorus
  • 03-13-20

Beautiful

Absolutely love all of "The Dalai Lama's Cat" series. Totally sublime, a joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-20

purrrrfect Story

loved this book, the characters, story, everything about it! You can imagine HHC Purrrfectly. Highly recommend you give it a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-20

Purrrrrrrrr Joy

Loved it from start to finish every bit as good as the first book.I had a smile on my face all the way through can’t wait to start listening to the next instalment. The narration is superb and the content full of gems. I can’t recommend highly enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-21-20

Buy it

Just my cuppa tea. Deep and meaningful wisdom delivered in a lighthearted and memorable way. I am entirely devoted to the whole crew of McLeodganj.

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  • Christiana
  • 12-19-19

I love you Snow Lion ❤️

This 2nd book was as endearing as the first! I don’t want the series to end. The stories, teachings, mood and voice of the narrator make me peaceful and happy. Of course my cats are now called pet names just like HHC is, such as Rinpoche, and Mousey Tung if they deliver me a little rodent! Starting book 3 tonight 🐱

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-19

A totally divine story

An absolutely beautiful story, suitable for all ages from young adult 3 to80. Beautiful philosophy along with interesting storylines. Enjoyed it immensely, we all need to read stories like this to keep us on the right track in life. Fabulous book, absolutely loves it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-18

Just as good as the first book

I enjoyed this second book just as much as the first. Lovely storyline with always great additions of wisdom thrown in

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  • Sharon
  • 04-03-18

Another great book by David Michie

This is the second instalment from the first book Dalai lama's cat by David Michie. A very charming and sweet story loosely based around little rimpoche, a cat that the Dalai Lama owned. I love how the author narrates the book through the cat's eyes. His Highness's cat (or HHC) takes you on a journey of enlightenment, wisdom, peace and serenity as she not only learns from her master the Dalai Lama, but also teaches others in her world of McCleod Ganj, in the art.... Of Purring!!!

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  • Penelope
  • 03-07-18

purrrrrrr

Life as His Holiness 'Cat is always interesting ! I fell in love with HCC.

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  • stephen
  • 01-10-18

HHC has done it again!

The life of HHC continues with wit, humility and teachings, I simply love these books, so enjoyable to listen to and I know I will listen to them several times.

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  • Paullette
  • 08-07-17

Purrrrrrr

Would you listen to The Art of Purring again? Why?

I have listened to this book about 30 times. I enjoy the story, the learning's, the characters and the journey every time.

What other book might you compare The Art of Purring to, and why?

I have never read books that have hooked me the way these 3 have.

Any additional comments?

I fell in love with HHC and enjoyed visiting the Himalayan Book Cafe. The characters were fun and great to get to know and I always felt like I was there and like if I went there I would know exactly where to go to find the places mentioned in the 3 books.

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  • Charlotte
  • 12-01-16

Beautiful

delightful book and beautifully read. Heartwarming, humourous, reflective. Full of lightness and wisdom. Very sensitive and compassionate observations of human nature. Inspirational.! I highly recommend it! Enjoy!