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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, read by George Blagden

The tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami. 

It's not the journey that counts but who's at your side.

Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner, Satoru, in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why, and Satoru won’t say. 

Set against the backdrop of Japan’s changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nana’s story explores the wonder and thrill of life’s unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take. The Travelling Cat Chronicles has already demonstrated its power to move thousands with a message of kindness and truth. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.

©2018 Hiro Arikawa and Philip Gabriel (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Bewitching...as self-possessed and comforting as - well, a cat." (Sunday Telegraph)

"A delightful tale of loyalty and friendship." (John Boyne, Irish Times)

What listeners say about The Travelling Cat Chronicles

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Enjoyable

A lovely heart-warming tale. Suitable for all age groups and cat lovers. I’m really glad I purchased this book, it’s quite refreshing. 5 stars!

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  • Roy
  • 30-08-2019

A heartfelt story that leaves you feeling happy.

Very much one of my most favourite books. A story that warms one's heart and soul, well written and narrated. <3

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Gorgeous book

Beautiful and funny story, I loved the fact that the cat was telling the story, loved the setting and how the story slowly unfolded.

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  • GH
  • 30-03-2019

Beautiful

Such a beautiful, melodic story that left tears in the eyes. Music for the ears and soul 10/10.

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A beautiful cat story!

A story well told with a good balance between sentiment and reality. I think especially cat lovers will very much this audiobook.

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  • Beatriz Vieira
  • 12-08-2020

Only one negative point: too short!

The most adorable and touching story! just wish it was longer, that it lasted forever!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-2020

A beautiful and moving tale...

about a man, a cat, and friendship. I wish I could find such honesty IRL.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-04-2020

Beautiful tearjerking story

Prepare tissues. I was ugly sobbing throughout this beautiful book about family, friendship, and pets.

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  • Kelly
  • 11-01-2020

A moving tale about life journey and being a cat

The book itself was very touching and I cried at the ending. The narrator was absolutely perfect for the book and he did an amazing job for all the characters. Highly recommended.

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  • Reet Petite.
  • 13-10-2018

Because I love cats I do love this book.

The story is great, I would say it's great as a teenager book as well. Even if you are not a cat lover, anyone who enjoys a story that en-tails a journey, than this is book is for you. Light to medium hearted, easy listening performance. Overall: Now I know why it is staff popular choice in book shops. 😺😸😻

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  • Codfish
  • 12-06-2018

Superb!

A must on so many levels. I just LOVED this so much. the story of friendship loss, and travel .

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  • becki
  • 11-09-2018

Beautiful

Genuinely the best book I’ve ever read. Made me laugh aloud, and made me bawl my eyes out. Fantastic story, beautifully written and performed in the most perfect way

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  • Ke Donn
  • 21-04-2020

Lovely story

I have to admit I bought this because of the narrator, he has such a sublime voice and I don't really mind what he is saying, but this turned out to be a lovely story

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 08-02-2019

Charming and unexpected!

This book was donated to me by my best friend, who obviously understands me all too well

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  • CJ CALO
  • 11-11-2018

Excellent narrator

The narrator's voice is pleasant, his diction is very clear and he gives distinctive voices to all the characters without overacting. As a result, this book's a real plasure to listen to!

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  • Casper Rouwendal
  • 20-08-2018

An absolutely beautiful story!

As a cat lover I simply adored this one! But even if you're not a fan of cats give it a try because this is a genuinely beautiful story. The undertone of the book is this feeling of dread that is slowly explained towards the end of the book. And while it is a sad story, the author put in lots of small moments of humor and holds the listener's hand as you're guided past memories of a cat's dear owner and a cat equally dear to him. For me it drew lines with my first cat, who left my life far earlier than I wanted her to. But it also reminded me how much I miss her and the warm memories I have of us. However like the book so amply puts it, they live on in your heart and so they can never truly be gone. And just like this book they leave a lasting impression on you. Highly recommended!

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  • fruitsaladandcream
  • 24-10-2020

Loved it!

Although I thought it was slow to begin with, I really got into it, and found myself feeling frustrated when I couldn't spend all day every day listening to it. George Blagden has a very soothing voice, and his characters are very well distinguished. I've already bought this audiobook and gifted it to my mum, and will be recommending it to everyone who likes cats and books!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2020

good story

liked it . easy to follow and listen to. would listen to it again. x

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  • Jo Rowe
  • 02-09-2020

Beautiful story

Thought provoking and humours. narrator was realy good choice for the cat. Hope my cat feels the same way about me.