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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On New York Post's Required Reading List 

A book that "speak[s] volumes about our need for connection - human, feline or otherwise" (The San Francisco Chronicle), The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice that shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy.

We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts.... 

An instant international best seller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed audiences around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe.... 

With his crooked tail - a sign of good fortune - and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

©2018 Hiro Arikawa and Philip Gabriel (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Anyone who has ever unashamedly loved an animal will read this book with gratitude, for its understanding of an emotion that ennobles us as human beings, whether we value it or not.” (Lynne Truss, The Guardian)

“It’s the wisdom and stoicism of the feline narrator that makes this book such an engaging read. Like Alison Jean Lester’s recent Yuki Means Happiness, it provides a fascinating insight into Japanese culture and traditions, but ultimately it doesn’t matter that it’s about a man and a cat. Like Of Mice and Men or The Kite Runner, Arikawa’s central concern is friendship and the things we’ll do for the people, or animals, that we love” (The Irish Times

“Continues the Japanese tradition of folkloric tales that celebrate simple values such as self-sacrifice and friendship. It has the warmth, painterly touch, and tenderness of a Studio Ghibli film - and is a delight to read.” (Financial Times

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What a wonderful story

Adventurous, funny and just a little sad. The perfect story for animal lovers. The narrator did a wonderful job projecting the proper Catitude for Nanna. Very enjoyable.

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One of my top 10 BEST books ever

I’ve read the book and listened to it. This is an absolutely beautiful story of life and adventure told through the POV of a cat.

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such a good read!

very well written and grabbed me with all the wit of the way the relationship of nana and satoru evolve into a neverending friendship.. such a good way to put with how our relationship with our pet transpires..we take good care of them and in return they give us a very unconditional love that we can only feel and understand.

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Lovely story

As a cat lover this turned out to be a beautifully written and narrated book. I had no preconceptions and went along for the ride. It was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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such an amazing story

I loved this book. The performance by the narrator is perfect. When he speaks as the cat it is delightful. The idea of the story is deep and emotional. It makes you think about relationships between humans and animals. Highly recommend!

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Much deeper than I expected

This story made me laugh and cry! I thought it was just going to be about a man visiting friends with his cat but it is so much more! It’s very deep and touching but it also keeps you laughing listening to what the cat has to say. He’s feisty lol but fiercely loyal. What also touched me is that the owner has been through a lot of hardships but tells how he views it a bit differently and sees the good that’s come out of it.

The narrator is pretty good too. He plays different voices for the characters and really captures the appropriate tone for whatever they say.

This might be my new favorite book!

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Perfect for Cat Owners

I honesty wasn’t expecting much from this book. Only picked it because the cover was pretty, and I’m glad I did.

The translation style is simple and poetic in its tone. And the narrator does a good job carrying this tone over and is very good at giving each and every character their distinct voice. It’s a good short read that’ll pull you in deeper and deeper by the minute. What started off as a simple road trip soon turns into a journey of love in all its form. Go hug your parents and pets!

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Soulful Tale

A beautiful story told from a cat’s perspective. His human is a true cat lover who communicates intimately and respectfully with him as they share life’s journey. The story is touchingly told as they make a journey of love together.

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A must listen

I was not expecting a whole lot from this book but because I am a huge animal lover, I was coaxed into purchasing it. Let me say, the story, performance and lessons of the book left me in tears of joy! As it is a translation, the writing is somewhat simplistic but the ideas expressed by the people and especially the cat were deep and abiding. A trip of a lifetime! Highly recommend.

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  • Mary
  • Pewaukee, WI, United States
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Very sweet story

I enjoyed the cleverness and humor displayed by the author. The story brought out a lot of emotions. Loved it!