Henry and Cato

  • by Iris Murdoch
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cowley
  • 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When old friends Henry and Cato reunite after years apart, they quickly become embroiled in the drama of each other’s lives. Henry, who has just returned to England as the sole heir to his recently deceased brother’s estate, quickly begins to uncover secrets buried long ago. Meanwhile, Cato, a Catholic priest, has fallen in love with the criminal Beautiful Joe, and struggles to reform him despite the thief’s continual efforts to rob him.
A stirring portrait of morality and redemption, Henry and Cato is an insightful look at coping with the crises that come with life’s unexpected changes.


What the Critics Say

“Murdoch's finest novel . . . Surely one of the major achievements in fiction in recent years.” (Joyce Carol Oates)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Awful! This was like listening to a first grade primer. I kept thinking it would get better, but it never did!
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- Sandra K. Parkins

Reader makes it impossible to follow.

Would you try another book from Iris Murdoch and/or Jonathan Cowley?

I really like Iris Murdoch stories, but I could not finish this one on audible.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator read all parts with the same voice. There's a lot of dialogue in the book that I couldn't follow. As the dialogue went back and forth, with no differentiation in the voices of the characters, I was often lost as to who was saying what.

Was Henry and Cato worth the listening time?

I enjoyed the story while I could follow it, but eventually had to quit listening. I will definitely buy the book and read it. I feel like I should get my credit back. This performance was definitely not up to the standards I have come to enjoy in audible books.

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- Martha S. Feldman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios