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Summary

Meet The Bear - a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat, please?

Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ....

RALPH: handsome, self-satisfied tabby, terrified of the clothes horse. SHIPLEY: mouthy hooligan and champion mouser, rendered insensible by being turned upside-down. ROSCOE: fiercely independent kitten, tormented by her doppelganger in the mirror. And then there's Tom, writing with his usual wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand in hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats...or three cats and a sensitive poet who just happens to be a foot high and covered in fur.

©2013 Tom Cox (P)2014 Isis Publishing

Critic reviews

"This book is very, very funny and Tom writes beautifully." ( Independent)

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Funny and quirky

I love the cats of Tom Cox and the way he explains their individual personalities. Obviously the Bear is my favourite but Shipley's swearing makes me think that in another life I was a shouty cat, I'm certainly a shouty sweaty human. They all feel like old friends and I laughed and chuckled happily on the bus and while in bed so that the others and my husband now think I'm completely mad. Which is fine. May you disarm bus passengers too with your spontaneous chuckles.

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A cat book that's funny and smart

I hugely enjoy Tom Cox's articles, blogs and tweets about his sad cat and thought I'd give one of his books a try. I'm so glad that I did. I love cats but generally dislike things about cats, depicting cats or shaped like cats.Definitely one for everyone who thinks a book about cats is bound to be twee. This is so funny and genuinely heartwarming without being sentimental. I too now long to gaze into The Bear's eyes and have him read my soul.

Mark Meadows is great - I especially enjoy his interpretation of Tom's dad almost all of whom's utterances made me laugh out loud.

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Brilliantly hilarious

Absolutely brilliant book by the very funny Tom Cox, I very much enjoyed this and laughed out loud on the train listening to it on more than one occasion! I will definitely be getting his other books.

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The healing power of cats...

I loved this story, recognising as I did some of the traits of my own cats. The appearance of his father in the story truly enhanced it and I'm sure his phrase WOFAL (watch out for Fuckwits and Loonies) will stay with me for years. I listened to most of tis story the day my own father died and laughed out loud many times - believe me laughter is a great healer and this story is a real tonic.

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  • Jonathan
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  • 08-05-16

Comfortable listening

Reads like a diary of a thoroughly pleasant chap and his cats. Easy listening , comforting and very light weight.

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cat chat

Loved it. Wish the other books were available on audio. Bought the series (4 books in total, this is no 3) and have giggled and snorted my way through them all. Also found myself with tears rolling down my face at the touching bits. Although the cats are the stars, the scene-stealer was Tom's dad, who is absolutely brilliantly weird.

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Just wonderful

A beautiful laugh out loud deeply poignant tale of life with cats, family and the country

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Shame

I love cats and I’m a big fan of the clever use of language and wit (mostly because I’m not all that good at it myself) but although the clip and synopsis sounded to be the perfect combination of the too I found this book to be really rather boring.

Well at least the 50 mins I could get through we’re enough to return the book and get my credit back.

The book is not really about Toms cats at all but about Tom, with bits about his life with them... and some really random non narrative odd bits thrown in for, I don’t know what.

I really want to like this book. I love the the enthusiasm of the narration but I just couldn’t find it engaging enough.

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One for cat lovers

I love cats and really enjoyed getting to know the feline characters in this book, especially The Bear. A lovely story well told, particularly Dad’s voice which made me laugh loud and often. A delight.

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a simple and gentle enjoyable experience

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe if they’re cat lovers

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Ending was a bit like Steven Kings works.. meaning it was just over, done finished in a couple of pages

Have you listened to any of Mark Meadows’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes he’s the reson I bought the book, he makes you believe this his his life and these are his dairies

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

If the writers have a story to tell get Mark to read it he brings the story alive as if your watch a 1 man play