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A Street Cat Named Bob Audiobook

A Street Cat Named Bob

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Publisher's Summary

The phenomenal number one best seller about best friends James and Bob. Now a major motion picture starring Luke Treadaway.

Shortlisted for: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. Soon the two were inseparable and their diverse, comic and occasionally dangerous adventures would transform both their lives, slowly healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. A Street Cat Named Bob is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who hears it.

©2012 James Bowen (P)2012 Hodder & Stoughton

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    alison 06/09/2016
    alison 06/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful"

    This was a delightful, charming yet thought provoking book. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the bond that developed between James and Bob. It also gave me some insight into the harsh realities of what life on the streets must be like for those more unfortunate than ourselves. An enjoyable book, not just for cat lovers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Qwerty1 06/07/2014
    Qwerty1 06/07/2014
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    "Great for cat lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easy to listen to, few characters, and no complex plot to follow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob.


    What three words best describe Kris Milnes’s performance?

    Could be more natural sounding.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a cat lover, you will enjoy this, and it's a true story too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eva 26/04/2016
    eva 26/04/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Hi I'm Maren and I loved this book"

    I loved how it's so much like me and my cat and I love how it uses a bit of that sort of cursing language it just shows that it's not for kids and for people older and that's what I loved so much about this book☺️👍🏽

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • D
    brighton, United Kingdom
    8/04/12
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    "inspiring listen"

    This is a lovely listen. I would love a cat like Bob. Heartwarming audio book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rosie and Duncan
    North Scotland, United Kingdom
    8/07/13
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    "Fell in love with James and Bob!"
    If you could sum up A Street Cat Named Bob in three words, what would they be?

    Love, Luck and Special.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true story and I loved hearing how they saved each other. It was lovely to hear their story, the special bond they created and you couldn't help but love them both.


    Which character – as performed by Kris Milnes – was your favourite?

    This is a hard time but I'd have to say Bob the cat, followed closely by James.


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

    Oh yes definitely, in fact I almost did. I didn't end up getting much sleep that night as I couldn't stop listening. I always wanted to know what was next.


    Any additional comments?

    This book touched me from the very beginning, such a special true story. Even as I remember listening to the story now I have a smile on my face and happy memories. This really is a very special book, a truly amazing true story and the narrator really made listening to this book a pleasure. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to know more and went searching for the videos of Bob that had been mentioned. I was in love with Bob already and only fell more in love when I saw the videos. Both Bob and his owner James are truly special, I finished this book wishing I could talk to them both...to meet them. I also raved about the book to my husband who started to listen as soon as he had the chance. Highly recommended, fantastic true story and the narrator was truly amazing too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Clifton Hampden, United Kingdom
    17/06/12
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    "listen to this book"

    This is a wonderful story - I enjoyed every second and didn't want the story to end. I hope there is a sequel

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • melissa
    7/01/15
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    "Soul mates"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Any animal lover would love this book. Also interesting for anyone who has fallen upon hard times or had an addiction problem. Very uplifting. My teenage boy was off sick from school while I was playing it and he was hooked too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Street Cat Named Bob?

    I was amazed by the bit when Bob followed James across the busy street and onto the bus. Plus when he found his way back to Belle's house 1.5 miles away. I definitely think cats are more intelligent than we give them credit for, and have a sixth sense. Or was he a higher being in a previous life?


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scenes when he first takes Bob to busk with him and he attracts people who give him money. Then when he starts selling the Big Issue and he has the same effect.


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

    Yes although I didn't have over 6 hrs to spare in one sitting. Very absorbing.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the fact James included information about what it's like to be homeless, also on drugs and the process of coming off them, plus working for the Big Issue which has really opened my eyes to how they run this like a business which helps them feel valued. Also he explains important issues re animal welfare and the importance of flea treatment, neutering and chipping etc. I like the fact James is educating his readers as well as entertaining them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hester
    KingWilliamsTown, South Africa
    4/11/14
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Street Cat Named Bob to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator completely makes a person appreciate what James went through, and his love for Bob


    What other book might you compare A Street Cat Named Bob to, and why?

    Difficult question. I don't think I have ever read anything like this. I prefer adventure thrillers,and bought this on a whim. What a total surprise - this is a wonderful story!


    What about Kris Milnes’s performance did you like?

    Everything. It was like listening to James Bowen himself!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Smile, yes. Cry, a bit. But mostly I was filled with total admiration for this young man who got his life together. A pity he does not realize that a miracle like Bob can only come from God.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a completely new way of looking to people like James.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sian
    7/07/14
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    "Purrrrfect Friendship"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is a glimpse into the lives of the eponymous Bob and his human friend, James. It shows how much can be gained by giving. James cares for Bob, and in return finds his way to a fuller, more rewarding life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob is the star. The way he's described, reminded me of many ginger cats I have known.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The one that tells of Bob's tenacity in refusing to use the litter tray!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment of recognition when Bob was reunited with James after a distressing time in Covent Garden which frightened Bob and made him run away.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely, life-affirming book. All the better for being a true story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    9/11/16
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    "Heart warming"

    It's a simple story about a cat and a man who rescue each other. Simple and heart warming. Bob is a real character, and I'd love to meet him. James's honesty is welcomed, but I suspect somewhat redacted....which is fine - this book is a feel good book about the positive force Bob brought to James' life.

    Five stars overall because how could I not give full marks to such a wonderful cat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KittyB
    Leeds
    30/07/15
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    "A grown-up, real-life, feline lassie!"
    Where does A Street Cat Named Bob rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this audio book. I've not listened to many other books like this. I think it is unique as Bob is a very unique feline. Also the relationship he and James share makes their story one of a kind.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Street Cat Named Bob?

    I really enjoyed hearing about all of Bob's antics, he would happily sit by James' side on the bus looking out of the window. I also enjoyed hearing about James' personal struggle to overcome addiction and to work hard to look after himself and his new feline pal. I think what I'll remember the most is the beautiful impact Bob had on James, having the cat gave James a sense of responsibility and identity that really helped him to recover.


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

    I havn't but I really enjoyed his performance and think it fitted well with James.


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

    I did listen to this book quite quickly as I really wanted to find out what happened to Bob and James next!


    Any additional comments?

    I am a cat lover, having 3 pet cats myself. However, I do think that there is a lot in this book not just for cat lovers. Bob the cat is a remarkable animal and is unlike any other cat I have met. The parts where James' starts to sell the Big Issue again to support himself and Bob also made me relook at how I view the Big Issue magazine and appreciate Big Issue sellers more which is something I am really greatful for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/02/15
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    "heartwarming"
    Would you listen to A Street Cat Named Bob again? Why?

    Yes. Loved the story & the whole thing opened my heart more to street people after reading the very next day I gave to the first big issue person I came across. Fell in love with Bob! Simply told but that was absolutely fine & what I wanted.





    What other book might you compare A Street Cat Named Bob to, and why?

    Can't think off hand don't really read this type of book.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When Bob jumps on James' shoulder, I had a cat who did just that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When James found Bob outside Belle's flat waiting for him.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Swinton
    26/07/14
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    "Cat lovers unite"
    What made the experience of listening to A Street Cat Named Bob the most enjoyable?

    I liked the paperback version of this book and wanted to listen to this version
    I was not disappointed and it's an inspiring story of a cat and man who fall in love with each other
    If you love animal listen to this book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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