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Summary

Based loosely on the tale of Puss in Boots, Reserved for the Cat takes place in 1910 in an alternate London. A young dancer, penniless and desperate, is sure she is going mad when a cat begins talking to her mind-to-mind. But her feline guide, actually an Elemental Earth Spirit, helps her to impersonate a famous Russian ballerina and achieve the success she's been dreaming of. Unfortunately she also attracts the attention of another Elemental Spirit - a far more threatening one - and the young dancer must once again turn to her mysteriously powerful four-legged furry friend.
©2006 Mercedes Lackey (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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Not well read

The book is charming, but I would not purchase another book read by this narrator. She seems to me to read the words rather than the story.

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A favourite author

Mercedes Lackey is an author I found by happy accident. Not suitable for people who like a lot of depth to their reading, but an enjoyable escape from reality. I discovered fantasy fiction after retirement, having been introduced to it by my daughter, and I must say I am enjoying this new branch of literature. It's not often you discover something so refreshingly new at my age.

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  • Bonnie
  • 23-08-12

A good one for Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series

I love the humor to this one, and the manner in which the title is evoked from the story itself is masterly! A nice evocation of "Puss in Boots!"

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  • Erzebet
  • 26-08-12

A Great Book, But Unimpressive Narration

Would you try another book from Mercedes Lackey and/or Mirabai Galashan?

I love this author, and this series in particular. You can tell she does a lot of research to create a historically accurate setting for her tales to juxtapose the magic, which she also seeks to ground in lore and fact. The narrator, however, is not my favorite. Her accents are terrible, and there is always a sense that she has not read the story in advance. She stumbles over foreign words and those she does not know (it's always easy to tell when she doesn't) and often puts the wrong emphasis on syllables in a word or words in a sentence, as if she is reading without full comprehension. She's tolerable and not the worst I've ever heard by any means, but it's hard to lose oneself in the story if the narrator isn't guiding properly.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mirabai Galashan?

Only if she does another in this series, because the books are good enough to put up with her slightly clumsy style of narrating.

Was Reserved for the Cat worth the listening time?

Yes, despite the narrator. I love this book enough to own both a physical copy and the audiobook, and always enjoy re-reading or listening to it again.

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  • Lizzykafoops
  • 24-06-11

Do not like the narrator

This book is typical of the series and quite an enjoyable tale however the narrator was seriously lacking. Not meaning to be absolutely insulting to her but is English her second language? Forgive me but it certainly took away from enjoying the story when I was left wondering why certain phrases were recited in a certain way.

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  • Ruth Molenaar
  • 26-10-15

epic!

the Puss in Boots story done up in an awesome, entertaining manner. great series, and I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-19

typical Mercedes Lackey book, horrible narration

book is fun, but not one of her best. narrator has horrible accents and is very annoying.

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  • Sarah
  • 09-01-19

Performance ok

Didn't love her voice for Jonathan. it was high pitched and almost whiney in tone, I always imagined his voice bring lower and smoother when I read the book.

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  • ladyelizabethann
  • 18-08-18

As good as coffee and French pastries.

I loved it The magic and history perfectly blended that you almost believe it's real.

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  • Susie Lemin
  • 12-08-18

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Narator needs more action, emotion and volume in her voice. I wanted to listen to this book but was not able to do so.

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  • Tara
  • 28-12-16

Good book, disappointing performance.

I love older Mercedes Lackey books, and I like the humor and wittiness in Reserved for the Cat a lot. Unfortunately, the audiobook performance is abysmal. Mirabai Galashan seems to have difficulty deciding how to read this book aloud. Her voice is too high, her intonation awkward, and most of her sentences end in a high note as if to pause instead of in a low note as if to stop. The emotions that she potrays often do not match the situation potrayed in the book, or the emotions of the characters whose lines she's reading. The pace of the reading is inconsiatent, as if Ms. Galashan is trying to rush through the book, remembers that she's supposed to be reading to an audience and slows down, then forgets and rushes through the book again. As a result, description and dialogue often blends into each other. Every now and then, Ms. Galashan will try to give a character a distinct voice, but like with all other elements in her performancr, it's not consistent. If there's a way to give the performance 0 or negative star, I would. I'm glad that I got this audiobook at a discounted price, and at the same time wish that I hadn't bought it. I am now reading the actual book just to "hear" the book performed in my head as it should have been. Hopefully one day a much better voice actor will choose to perform this book and give it justice.

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  • Victoria
  • 31-07-15

Love it!

The best yet of the Elementals series. Wonderfully performed. Funny, sweet, thoroughly entertaining. Cat lovers will be especially pleased.