• Tales My Grandcat Told Me

  • A collection of folk stories about cats from around the world
  • By: Nick McCarty
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 07-08-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crimson Cats Audio Books
  • 4.5 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A collection of folk stories about cats from around the world. There are many folk tales involving cats from every corner of the world. This collection offers 8 of them, some gentle, some amusing, some very dark.


The stories are: 1.The Dog, the Cat and the Mouse (Romania)
2. The Boy who Drew Cats (Japan)
3. The Cat and King of Calabar (Nigeria)
4. The Hypocritical Cat (Tibet)
5. The Cat Who Became a Queen (India)
6. Cat and Mouse in Partnership (Germany)
7. The Vampire Cat (Japan)
8. Puss In Boots (England).

READER: Sean Barrett started his acting career as a boy when television drama was black and white and live. A much later TV highlight was the Father Ted Christmas Special where he played the “Priest with the Most Boring Voice”. Sean worked with Noel Coward on stage in the West End in his “Suite in Three Keys”. He was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company and co-narrated the BBC TV documentary series “People’s Century”. His films include “War and Peace”, “Dunkirk”, “Sons and Lovers”. Sean is the reader of many audio books, winner of a Spoken Word Award (UK) 2001 and an Audie (US) 2009.WRITER: Nick McCarty has been a professional writer for forty years and has written for television shows such as Bergerac, The Onedin Line, The Six Wives of Henry V111, Z-Cars and General Hospital. In addition he has written award-winning radio drama adaptations including A Tale of Two Cities, Dan Dare, Hard Times, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Dracula as well as many original plays for both the BBC and Commercial Radio. He is also the author of the historical novel “Fox” which is published by Quaestor Books. The "kittens" were Maddie and Finley Byrne, Ben and Sam Emms. MUSIC: The music was created and performed by James Mair.
©2011 Crimson Cats Audio Books (P)2009 Crimson Cats Audio Books
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Critic Reviews

"You may adore kittens, but be warned: you may not cleave as closely to these strange, totally unsentimental stories about feline cunning and savagery from all over the world. Enigmatic, sinister, exotic - I loved them. The one from Japan about the boy who painted cats all over the walls of an abandoned monastery makes M. R. James about as spooky as Squirrel Nutkin." (Sue Arnold, The Guardian)
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By Forough on 04-04-12

Interesting folk stories

What made the experience of listening to Tales My Grandcat Told Me the most enjoyable?

Sean Barrett's narration is amazing as usual but that's not all there is to this book. This book offers a collection of folk stories about cats from around the world. Each of these stories portrays bits of each culture's world views and morals which is very interesting in my opinion. All that said, I don't recommend this book for very young children as some of these stories can be quite scary or harsh for them.

What other book might you compare Tales My Grandcat Told Me to and why?

Tales of the Amber Sea: Fairy Tales of the Peoples of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It's also a collection of folk stories about animals and people.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

He has the ability to bring each character to life and narrate the stories in a calm yet captivating manner. I can listen to him for hours without getting bored.

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By Gryfynn on 03-20-17

A Must for Cat Lovers

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

If they love cats, absolutely. This is like the audible equivalent to those wonderful comical books full of great and amusing cat pictures, but at the same time, much more classy and worth your money.

What did you like best about this story?

Sean Barrett's narration, of course. Like everything else he reads, he brings these beautiful and magical stories to life, just the way he does when he's reading a psychological thriller or work of high fantasy. I would have bought the book otherwise because CATS! however his narration made it a necessity.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The story of The Boy Who Drew Cats was haunting and definitely not the kind of cat story I had expected, but nonetheless I loved it. the image of the little boy drawing cats in an abandoned Japanese temple was rather erie.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are lots of little well-placed humourous little remarks and comments throughout the stories, which made me laugh on a number of occasions. It was very well done, and really I could imagine my own cat telling these stories if he hadn't been desexed years ago so he had the opportunity to become a grandcat.

Any additional comments?

If you're a cat lover, you need this book! you could enjoy it on your own or even with your children.

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