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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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Another absolute classic by the great man 👍

This is an amazing book and I have listened to it 3 times since downloading. Funny, engaging and moving in equal measure. Hugely recommended.

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Uncle Brian

Buy it, you won't be disappointed fun and full of love. Mr Blessed you lovely lovely human. I'm truly happy that I'm alive now you are in the world

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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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Truly wonderful

Thoroughly enjoyable listen. Brian is very inspirational in his stories. Wish it was longer though !

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Shamelessly Chuckling on the Tube

What an absolutely wonderful book! I shamelessly laughed and cried most days on the Tube. If you love animals, this book is undoubtedly for you, as hearing Brian speak with such love, compassion and tenderness for all creatures great and small will warm the deepest strings of your heart. I've always liked Brian, but hearing him speak of something that has been, in my opinion, the real joy and passion of his life, was a privileged insight into the life of this big teddy bear.

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Unbelievably Amazing

Brian Blessed,
The man and legendary larger than life character.
I hope that this amazing man lives forever! A truly beautiful and extremely entertaining book. I’m going to download his other book as soon as!
If you are a book lover, and like to laugh out loud then look no further.
God bless this man.

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Brian Blessed at his best!

Wonderful heart warming stories, a few sad ones and a handful of joyous swear words!

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Absolutely brilliant!

Funny and very heartwarming book. Beautifully read by the man himself. In awe of Brian Blessed if I am honest.

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