Summary

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….
©2014 Lynne Truss (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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"A truly inventive comic writer." ( Irish Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

Unusually gripping

I would like to say this whole story is the most peculiar and I would congratulate Lynne Truss on the genious of her imagination. I could not really tell from reading the initial introduction of this book what the whole content would be and yet it was funny, sad, hideous in some places, (especially the description of the library room), and I would say that although the story initially, for me, appeared to be a lighthearted story about a speaking cat, is a very sinister and dark murder that you know would just make a great television film. Mike Grady narrates the book well and is clear and easy on the ear. Cat Out of Hell is a brilliant title and just about describes the book perfectly, however, I did not really take it as seriously as the content of the book is. This book is not for pussycats, but I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something dark and satanic.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Foo on 01-12-15

Wiggy, Roger & The Captain

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

I would strongly recommend this book as I became very quickly immersed in the strange story of talking cats and the 'true' theory of the nine lives. I don't want to give too much away but it is equally as strange as it is dark.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cat Out of Hell?

When we are first introduced to the Captain and his evil ways of trying to find the one worthy colleague. Roger will soon become your favourite but the brutal beginnings with the captain were brilliant.

Which character – as performed by Mike Grady – was your favourite?

Roger without a doubt, as a cat owner I can well imagine and sometimes swear I can see my cat having the same or similar thoughts. The narration is brilliant from Mike Grady very distinct characterisation with plenty of malice.

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

What you always suspected but never wanted to be true about your feline friends!

Any additional comments?

Please Lynne Truss give us more Cats from Hell.

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3 out of 5 stars
By ER on 25-09-15

Purr-fectly Middle

I was first drawn to the story because of the author's extremely famous Eats, Shoots & Leaves, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Cat Out of Hell is definitely an odd, unexpected journey with some humorous moments, but not driven by humor as I was expecting.

This story wasn't bad exactly, but it took a bit for me to get into it; I found the beginning with Wiggy slow and preferred when the story switched to Alec. Honestly, I get the feeling that the humor is a bit too British for my American understanding. Of course that is really not the writer's fault since she's British.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jksullycats on 05-03-17

Just so unique, well told, and about cats. What else could you want?

The narration was fantastic. I've read some reviews that didn't like the first part. I'm not sure why. For me, it was so refreshing to find a story line that's so off the beaten path and the characters (feline or otherwise) were great. I see there is another in the series that I plan to start right away!

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