• Matthew Flinder's Cat

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-21-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (862 ratings)

Regular price: $34.97

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Publisher's Summary

The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond. Through telling Ryan the story of Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia as seen through Trim's eyes, Billy is drawn deeply into Ryan's life and into the Sydney underworld.
©2013 Christine Courtenay (P)2014 Publishing Pty. Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH on 08-11-06

Extraordinary Story

I consider this book "a sleeper." A book I decided to purchase on a whim, and what a story! The main characters might be considered 'losers' in society but are true heroes. A derelict lawyer, a discarded child, and a fabled cat that binds the lawyer and child together in a horrific yet uplifting tale. Even at the darkest moments of the book, one pulls for them to win. I laughed and cried during this listen. And what a marvelous narration! I loved every word.

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28 of 28 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Kathryn Walker on 02-05-07

Unusual

A novel about an alcoholic and a boy is one I would usually pass without a second glance. Fortunately, I was already a Bryce Courtenay fan. This touching novel is not to be missed. Humphrey Bower does his usual outstand job presenting each character in his/own voice. Five stars!

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23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. on 04-07-13

As alway Bryce Courtney delivers.

Bruce Courtney always delivers. Mathew Flinders Cat is no different.

He captures the characters and their emotions and you end up knowing them, feeling their pain, sorrows and joy.

A captivating story of a man who has fallen a long way, but is rescued by his friendship with a young boy with problems, and his ingrained sense of justice and compassion. You become part of the journey and involved in the story and wanting a 'happy' positive outcome.

Bryce Courtney never disappoints in any of his stories and this is no exception.

A good listen with the reader bringing the story to life. You will not be disappointed.

A definite five stars. Can't wait to get more Bryce Courtney books.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By William on 12-23-17

Great, reliable reads

Another well narrated book.

A little slow at points however the story did require some detail to bring the subject to life and that it did in addressing many of the addictions of societies around the world

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pam on 07-25-17

Outstanding

What did you like most about Matthew Flinder's Cat?

Educational, poignant, compelling

What other book might you compare Matthew Flinder's Cat to, and why?

The Four Fires as they both approached the story from different world views

What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

the gravelly voice of a derelict and the nonchalance of the eleven year old

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

Rough

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Allyson on 08-29-15

highly recommended

exceptional storyline and historically accurate. A wonderful and rewarding listen. very entertaining. believable characters

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