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  • Scribbling the Cat

  • Travels with an African Soldier
  • By: Alexandra Fuller
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When Alexandra ("Bo") Fuller was home in Zambia a few years ago, visiting her parents for Christmas, she asked her father about a nearby banana farmer who was known for being a "tough bugger". Her father's response was a warning to steer clear of him; he told Bo: "Curiosity scribbled the cat." Nonetheless, Fuller began her strange friendship with the man she calls K, a white African and veteran of the Rhodesian war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As an ex-Rhodie, both Northern and Southern ....

  • By Amanda on 05-07-15

As an ex-Rhodie, both Northern and Southern ....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-15

Would you listen to Scribbling the Cat again? Why?

I will not listen to it again for a long time as the journey was too emotional.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Scribbling the Cat?

I have seen the hand wiping motion of face cleaning a thousand times and never before did it impinge on my mind so clearly as "being a gesture from Africa".

What does Lisette Lecat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This lady did a remarkable job of getting most of the accents, names, slang words, etc. pronounced correctly. It was not an easy book to read and her good performance contributed to my enjoyment. Congratulations.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The smells of Africa are pungent and memorable and brought to mind my memory of the smell just after the first rains when "suicide" month comes to an end with those first rains.

Any additional comments?

As a "scatterling" of Africa I realise that many things are deliberately or sub-consciously blocked from my memory as I need to get on with living in the present. This book broke down those barriers and it is going to take a while for me to build them up again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long and absorbing

  • By Tom on 20-07-10

Right of Passage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I loved this book and am excited by the prospect that this author will no doubt provide his readers with many more books and many more enjoyable hours of listening pleasure.

I don't know who chooses your narrators but they do a great job which invariably adds to the book.

Thank you Audible.

  • In the Wet

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Gary Waldhorn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

It is the rainy season; a drunk and delirious old man lies dying in the Queensland bush. In his opium-hazed last hours, a priest finds his deserted shack and listens to his last words. Half-awake and half-dreaming the old man tells the story of an adventure set decades in the future, in a very different world…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Change

  • By Pauline on 21-01-13

Nevil Shute has worn well

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I last read this book about 40 years ago and then the story was set in the future.

Also I have now visited Australia during "The Wet" and have a picture in my mind that was not there before.

Now the future has happened and it is interesting to compare his predictions against current history.

He still remains a master story teller and the narrator of this book is superb.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful