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Summary

Brian Blessed has a lifelong love of animals and over the years has rescued cats and dogs, horses and ponies, and even a very ungrateful fighting cock. All were characters in their own right, such as Jessie, a dog left languishing for a year at the local RSPCA, who ruled the entire household with a rod of iron, when she wasn't out harassing the local vicar. Then there was Bodger, an abused terrier cross breed nursed back to health by Brian and his wife; and Peppone, a stray cat and notorious thief, was responsible for a crime epidemic in the Bagshot area. Most of all there was Misty, a soul mate and the first Jack Russell Brian met who didn't take an instant dislike to him.

Over the years Brian has encountered more exotic animals, too, from Kali the black panther who had free run of his kitchen and the gentle boa constrictor Bo Bo who went for walks with him in Richmond Park to the female gorillas who found him incredibly attractive. Written with all of Brian's ebullience, The Panther in My Kitchen is a laugh-out-loud, life-affirming audiobook about the joy animals bring and why we should care for them.

©2017 Brian Blessed (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Blessed by the Blessed again!

Brian does it again with another exceptional listen! Beautifully written and superbly read by the man himself.

A little bit of an emotional rollercoaster ( for me anyway) a few tears here and there at the sad bits and more than a few more at the many, many funny bits. Glad I bought the audio version as the pages would be soaked through!!

I love Brian, his blunt and to the point attitude with appropriately placed expletives highlights nothing more than his honesty and total love for almost anything with a pulse!
A true hero and gentleman, if I were a dog, I'd wag my tail too!

Thank You Brian xx

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Blessed reading is like a warm bear hug.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Panther in My Kitchen to be better than the print version?

Absolutely. It feels like Brian is around the same fireplace as you just leaning forwards and taking you through his book. Absolutely Fantastic narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Panther in My Kitchen?

So many, hilarious exploits with his German Shepherd, and extreme sadness of some of the family losses. All brimming with optimism and joy right the way through.

What does Brian Blessed and Hildegard Neil bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He and she lived the experience. His voice recalls all of the emotion of the events beautifully. It really feels like you are with them being taken through their adventures by hand.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Adventures with animal friends and companions

Any additional comments?

The first audible that I was moved enough to write a review... brilliant.

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  • Ben
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You know what you're getting

Assuming you've listened to (why on Earth would you 'read' it when you've got Brian narrating it?!) 'Absolute Pandemonium', you know what you're getting with Brian's new book.

It's witty and funny of course and there's at least one 'GORDON'S ALIVE!!!' but although this tome jumps around a little more than his full autobiography and is more of a collection of roughly chronological animal-related stories, there are some real heart-touching tales too.

I must say, as well as it being an animal-related memoir, it also uses the animals, both pets and wild ones, as a vehicle to explore more of Brian's richly colourful life, which is what I was hoping it would be too. A must for any Blessed fan and I'll be looking forward to the next one.

Ben Waddams

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Marvellous storytelling

Plenty of people joke that a Brian Blessed reading will be HUGE and NOISY. But he's a much better actor than that and his voice is warm and nuanced. A great collection of tales inroughly chronological order. Oddly my favourite is not an animal one but concerns his perculiar meeting with Stanley Kubrick on the set of Barry Lyndon.

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big man,bigger heart

brian makes me laugh and cry in the same minute,what agreat story teller he is,please more brian,us london taxi drivers need a laught while waiting for that next fare

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Pure joy

A witty joyful and at tomes sad book - thoroughly enjoyable and even better that it is read by Brian Blessed in true Blessed style - thespian, Yorkshire, swearing and animal noises galore. Loved it.

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To hear the many stories of such a number of animals makes me very humble

I loved the gift Brian and his family have for the many creatures which they are to give so much love too.MAy we help to stop them being abused.WIld creatures must live in the wild and not hunted down and destroyed .This book gave me endless pleasure and lots of knowledge as well as tears to my eyes.

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Brilliant writing made easy listening.

A story that brought me great joy and at time tears of sadness.
My joy is animals too and so I do relate to everything in this story.
Not easy to put into words how it is when one loves animals, but I feel Brian did very well. Can’t wait till his next audible book as so love his voice.

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loved it

Loved it. animated. humorous and entertaining. sad it ended when it did. more please Brian

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Thanks Brian

Living round the corner from you made this book even more enthralling. Have walked and run with my dogs on the Common and in the Arboretum I am sorry I have never run into you to say hallo. My current haunt is Borossa Common pop over some time , you and the dogs would love it. Mike x