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Publisher's Summary

"It wasn't that Sugieh was particularly wicked. It was just that she was a Siamese."

Animal lovers Doreen Tovey and her husband acquire their first Siamese kitten to rid themselves of an invasion of mice. But Sugieh is not just any cat.

She's an actress, a prima donna, an iron hand in a delicate, blue-pointed glove. Sugieh quickly establishes herself as queen of the house.

First published over forty years ago, this warm, witty and moving story has never gone out of style; a truly enjoyable read for anyone who's ever been owned by a cat. Doreen Tovey has written over a dozen books, which have sold over 100,000 copies in eight countries.

©2005 Summersdale Publishers Ltd (P)2008 Summersdale Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The most enchanting cat book ever." ( Jilly Cooper)

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Wonderful whimsical story, but not well produced.

Would you listen to Cats in the Belfry again? Why?

Probably not because the humour and comedy is much better read in your own head.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cats in the Belfry?

Solomon throwing up on the church lady.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance had some glaring faults that should not have made it past editing. There was one section where the line was repeated after the narrator seemed to lose her place. And another place where she stumbled over the words, then tried again.

I don't blame the narrator. I'm sure this happens with narrators at times, but should have been corrected with editing.

I do however blame the narrator for the poor phrasing and odd pauses. Not a good job by all involved.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You could never make this book into a movie. That is a laughable thought.

Any additional comments?

I had this book as a child and read it again many times growing up. I grew up with Siamese cats, and this story so charmingly illustrates the Siamese cat nature.

But the audio version was a disappointment. Not only for the actual narration errors, but the accent and phrasing including badly places pauses by the narrator was off putting and it just didn't capture the same tone I expected.

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  • Carolyn
  • 30-09-2008

A Must Read For Cat Lovers

This is one of my all time favorite books. The audio version is wonderful!

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  • Alexandra
  • 27-12-2008

Lovely

It's very soothing and lovely. Pretty funny. Basically, it's one of those books you can take instead of prozac, which is exactly what I was looking for.

The reading is very fitting and also pleasant. I bought 2 other books by this author after listening to this one.

The only minus I could mention - is that the book has a place where the reader repeats the lines with a slight change in emphasis and one where you can hear her sigh and re-do the line. It doesn't really bother me in any way, but the publishers should know of this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-05-2016

One of my favorite books

I love this soft-spoken book about the wonders and nightmares of owning ornery cats (Siamese in particular). There are some glitches in the technical part of the reading but Joy Gelardi's voice is wonderful - perfect in fact.
I've told many a cat lover about this series. I hope Audible will carry all the books by this author. I believe Mrs Tovey recently passed (2008) and these books were written in the late 50's and early 60's so that is reflected. Indeed, it seems even older than that - I'm guessing because Mrs Tovey lived in the English countryside. Charming is an understatement!

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  • crae arnette
  • 17-02-2016

just for cat lovers

I suppose you could enjoy this book If you enjoy cats. Since I don't, I didn't.

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  • Beth B
  • 17-08-2015

Hilarious and poignant

Witty interpretation of life with Siamese Any cat lover will be entranced and thankful perhaps not to own one. Reading is enjoyable with some stumbles and hesitations

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  • GameMaker
  • 04-07-2014

Ok Story, Reading Could be better

I did enjoy Cats In The Belfry. It is basically a series of anecdotes by a owner of several siamese cats. The anecdotes are mostly somewhat whimsical, so it makes for a pretty pleasant read. Two downsides though: firstly, the reading was somewhat difficult to listen to. It is read by a British woman, talking extremely fast in long long long run-on sentences. It takes a long time to get used to that and to hear and process all the words. The other thing that for me is challenging to get past, is the fact that this is a story about a family who acquires a cross-eyed Siamese queen and attempts to breed her. In breeders circles, that is considered somewhat of a travesty, and the book seems to be clueless about the whole morality question of that.

Aside from those problems though, the stories are sweet and mostly light-hearted fare that are easy and enjoyable to listen to. I am glad that I got this audiobook.

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  • Mrs. REP
  • 07-11-2008

Very amusing.

A bit twee in places but cat lovers will really enjoy this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-2018

wonderful cosy story<br /><br />lovely narrator

highly recommended for adults and children alike
charming narrator who brings all characters to life

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  • Lucy
  • 14-01-2015

Old fashioned charm

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is a cat lovers book but was written in another email. It might appeal to those who feel nostalgic for the post war period.

Would you be willing to try another book from Doreen Tovey? Why or why not?

No....the mini stories that made up this book are sweet, but after one or two they become a bit repetitive and loose some of their charm. One book is enough.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was a bit fast on "normal speed" and the narrators voice is a slightly irritating high pitched one, and this did detract a little.

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  • Minnou BH
  • 22-08-2014

Rediscovery

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

I discovered these books many years ago, they made me laugh and occasionally cry then and still do. Have already recommended them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cats in the Belfry?

So many really find it difficult to choose one.

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

Mainly laugh out loud.

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  • catherine
  • 02-07-2013

What fun Listening

Where does Cats in the Belfry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Thai is my first book to listen to.and I loved it

What other book might you compare Cats in the Belfry to, and why?

First book

What about Joy Gelardi’s performance did you like?

Her voice is full of life and has a good cadence

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

I am a great fan of Siamese and i laughed and cried with this story

Any additional comments?

Are there more of these books I have downloaded all you have more please?