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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Narrated by: George Blagden
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 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)

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best read of the year so far! Soul refreshing!

Yes, it’s my best read of the year so far. I love Nana I love Saturo and I love each and every character that’s been presented in the book. This is a very well written book which at the beginning could be a little weird to listen to because it’s narrated from point of view of a cat but trust me give it some time and you would be glad that it is indeed written from the point of view of Nana . I think the narrator did a pretty good job as well, but at some places I thought it could’ve been slightly better or maybe I have just set too high of a standard .

I wouldn’t give me any spoilers but if you are like an animal lover (not necessarily a cat lover) but if you’ve shared a bond at any point in time with an animal , then this book just becomes a 10 times better for you ( no I’m not saying that if you’re not an animal lover you won’t like this book, you would still love it ). It is truly a soul refreshing work, I felt so connected with it and I just grew so fond of all the characters and I kind of always aspire to have that outlook in life that Satoru has the cherry on top of the cake would be beautiful descriptions of the Japanese countryside and the different landscapes.

It’s the kind of book that would kind of pop up in your mind when you think of a relaxing Sunday with a coffee in one hand and a book in the other.

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Very moving story & an equally moving performance

I am not a cat person, is all I thought before I started this book. and all animal stories are always amazing. but then, this book is turned out to be very different for me from the previous two statements. it's such a lovely story and so amazingly narrated by the author. you can feel being present in every moment and living it. and the bit where the cat and other animals come in, you just can't help but smile while agreeing with their responses and emotions. also, I haven't cried this much since I read Marley and me... beautiful book and would recommend everyone to read it, animal person or not.

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A delightful audio production of a lovely story

The Travelling Cat Chronicles begins simply with the rescue of an injured stray cat, eventually named Nana. We learn about the rescuer, Satoru, from this stray as the two undertake a trip to meet some of the people Satoru holds dear. I loved the cat narrator of this book. It seems so unmistakably a cat—that sense of calm, that snark... the feline voice is wonderful. Of course, this is fiction, so some suspension of disbelief is required. And Satoru himself is someone I, for one, would have loved to have known. He seems so forgiving, so loving that he seems unreal. But this is not the story of one man or one cat, it is about the bonds we build through life and how our lives are richer for it.

There is so much love in this book that it was refreshing to read in a time when the scales seem to be tipping towards hate. I usually listen to my Audible books when I am travelling, usually on public transport, but by the time I got to the last two chapters, I had to stop. It would have been difficult to explain my tears!

This is a well-written book, seemingly well translated too, but for me the highlight was George Blagden’s narration, which was simply delightful. There is voice modulation without unnecessary gimmicks, the pace is languid without being a drag, the characters are identifiable. Simply put, it is a pleasure to hear.

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Very Touching

I dont know what happened to me listening to it, I cried non stop till the ending. Loved the story

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Easy read 😊

A feel good book from the cats perspective about sticking by the people you love.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-20

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
  • 30-04-20

Beautiful tearjerking story

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

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  • Kelly
  • 11-01-20

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.
  • 13-10-18

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
  • 12-06-18

Superb!

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

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  • Gabrielle Harvey-Jones
  • 08-02-19

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
  • 11-11-18

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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  • becki
  • 11-09-18

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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  • Casper Rouwendal
  • 20-08-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-20

Absolutely beautiful

I listened to this audiobook, after reading a very good review of the book.
It is a beautiful story, written from the perspective of the cat & it works to create a vision of how a a cat sees its human family.
If you love cats, you’ll love this book.

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  • Ke Donn
  • 21-04-20

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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  • Danielle
  • 19-04-20

Brilliant

Took me a little while to get hooked but so worth it, emotional and beautiful imagery, the ending made me sob!

Loved this book

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  • Phillis
  • 03-04-20

Beautiful! the narrator was absolutely spot on.

This lovely tale is a must listen for cat lovers & may well have the power to convert some non cat lovers too.

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  • jenny mcternan
  • 10-12-18

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
  • 30-08-19

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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  • GH
  • 30-03-19

Beautiful

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-18

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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  • jude13
  • 01-08-18

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.