Cats in the Belfry : Cats

  • by Doreen Tovey
  • Narrated by Joy Gelardi
  • Series: Cats
  • 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

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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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- Fleur Williamson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-09-2008
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd