This is a wonderfully, unusual and complex story. One of those where the content is completely unique. It has a melancholy which encompasses a whole box of sadness and dashed happiness. There is a great history that surrounds both of the characters and you can feel the utter sadness and self destructive nature of the Golem, who is totally unable to do anything about her unpredictable personality. The Djinni on the other hand deals with his sadness quite differently and that they both come together in the most improbable manner that they do is what makes this story unique. George Guidall has the perfect voice and probably adds to the whole ambience of the tale which ends as sadly as it begins but it is not a sadness you want to deny yourself. One of the best stories I have read for some time and I would highly recommend it – worth every penny – enjoy.
I would like to say this whole story is the most peculiar and I would congratulate Lynne Truss on the genious of her imagination. I could not really tell from reading the initial introduction of this book what the whole content would be and yet it was funny, sad, hideous in some places, (especially the description of the library room), and I would say that although the story initially, for me, appeared to be a lighthearted story about a speaking cat, is a very sinister and dark murder that you know would just make a great television film. Mike Grady narrates the book well and is clear and easy on the ear. Cat Out of Hell is a brilliant title and just about describes the book perfectly, however, I did not really take it as seriously as the content of the book is. This book is not for pussycats, but I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something dark and satanic.
Karen Maitland is, in my opinion, one of the most impressive and satisfyingly one of the most best informed of writers there is, she writes informatively intelligently and knowledgeably and puts her obtained knowledge into impressive and great stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was aided by the great reading and interpretational spin placed in the story by David Thorpe who's brilliant accents brought every character to life. This is a great historical story, full of wit and wickedness, taking you on a journey from Portugal to Iceland. There is a unique aura around Karen Maitland's stories which although, factual in their telling, have a unique mystic to them giving them a fantastical ambience and I loved this story for all of the above reasons. This book is worth every penny of your money.