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The Loudest Meow: A Talking Cat Fantasy

Cats of the Afterlife, Book 1
Narrated by: Kae Denino
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

What happens to cats when they die?

For Jem, a calico cat, it's a catastrophe. She knows she's not meant to be in the afterlife. Not yet. She's certainly not ready to face the cats she knew before. Not now. Maybe not ever.

Clearly, a mistake has been made. Surely, it can be corrected, and Jem can return home to her life on Earth. All of this could then be written off as one very bad dream. But when would the nightmare end?

Join Jem and her ghost-cat frenemies on a journey to the other side. Listen to The Loudest Meow today!

©2018 Wendy Ledger (P)2019 Wendy Ledger

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Super sweet and emotional story.

This is a super sweet and emotional story. I fell in love with Jem. If you have ever wondered about cats in the afterlife, this book tells that tale. Even after they are gone they are still with us...

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  • MasterTorian
  • 02-06-19

Light-hearted, adorable fun

For what it is (light-hearted, low stakes fun), this was a fantastic story that took me from laughing hysterically to almost crying and everywhere in between.

The narrator was positively brilliant, and clearly understood the tone of the book extremely well. All of her voices were distinct and very closely matched the way they were described. Her vocal inflections were almost perfect, and in each scene she adjusted her tempo just right to match the tone of that scene.

Now, let me just express how much I love the author's beautiful depiction of the cat afterlife. While poignant at times, the optimism here was a joy to read.

Jem is an adorably sweet character and it was both fun and heartbreaking to experience her trials, failures, and successes as she tries to get back to the family she left behind.

My only real criticism is at the prose level. There are a couple of points where the words seem to be in the wrong order and there are some instances of passive voice, telling, and dialogue feeling slightly stilted. None of that pulled me out of the story for more than a moment, however.

From start to finish this was an emotional ride that I can't recommend highly enough.

I love that rather than wasting time with a "day in the life" sequence, we jumped right into the story. And while on the surface it may appear as though it deals with weighty topics (death), pretty much the entire story stays light and fun.

It's absolutely appropriate for a younger audience, especially if, like me, you have a child who loves books written from the perspective of animals.

While it didn't end in the way I expected, the author put together a great ending that was emotionally satisfying.

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  • AitchD
  • 20-07-19

Enjoyable story, lovely performance.

i enjoyed this quirky, fun, story from the perspective of a recently deceased cat who hadnt had much time to learn about being a cat when she was alive. The characters were fun, and it seems all of them had some lesso s wd could all use!

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  • Carianti
  • 15-06-19

Very entertaining

Since I am an avid animal lover, I look for books such as this. This was a unique story line so that was also intriguing! I must say, this was an interesting journey. Many times I had to remember this was a band of cats! I enjoyed this very much and hope there is a continuation as things got a little fuzzy nearing the end.