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I had extremely low expectations for this book but maybe I was just in the right mood because this was great fun. The Dalai Lama is coming back from the airport when he spots an injured kitten who is literally being thrown in the trash. He has the cat rescued and the cat (who narrates) proceeds to meditate beside the Dalai Lama, meet visiting celebrities and learn Buddhist teachings from the Tibetan leader himself and his disciples. I liked the lessons explained this more than in Michie’s nonfiction books, which are good, too. Grade: A-
The narration is very good by the author.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Where does The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book captures your heart and your mind. I have read all 3 now and my 13 yr old son just finished this one too and immediately downloaded the 2nd. We love the brilliant narrative of this little Himalayan cat, who is on a path through life similar to all creatures - and surprisingly, we can relate!
Who was your favorite character and why?
While there is no question my son and I both love the little Snow Lion, he feels an affinity for Sam and I do love Mrs. Trencci.
Which scene was your favorite?
I loved how she came to meet up with her Tom Cat - needing to overcome her aversions to non familiar places.
If you could take any character from The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations out to dinner, who would it be and why?
The Dalai Lama - as I am sure it would be - cativating!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
What a truly lovely book. If you love cats and would like to understand a little more about Mindfulness, you will love this. David brings the whole story to life. I love it and have just bought the next two books in the series.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book will not provide you with some ground-breaking wisdom, it touches on the things that, more or less, are common knowledge of what it means to be a good human or cat being, what it means to be happy, joyful or at peace with the world.
What this book does is pure joy of listening to a beautiful story, so soothing for your frayed nerves. It made me feel like immersing in a better place and for these short moments after listening I was a better person until everyday stress caught up with me, but those moments were very precious. That is why I will go back to this book. Oh, one more thing, believe me, I look at my cat now from a little bit different perspective.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I have always loved the teachings of Buddhism and I have a huge love for felines, so to combine a semi-factual story of a cat rescued by the Dalai Lama and her adventures living with the enlightened one makes for truly a beautiful story. David Michie eloquently narrates his own book which includes not only the daily life of the Dalai lama's cat, as if written by little Rinpoche herself, but also beautiful sayings, Reflections and meditations to help you find some peace within..
Would you consider the audio edition of The Dalai Lama's Cat + The Dalai Lama's Cat: Guided Meditations to be better than the print version?
I absolutely LOVE this book. I have listened to it about 30 times and I love it more every time. It is without a doubt (along with the other 2) my favorite book ever.
What did you like best about this story?
I fell in love with HHC and enjoyed visiting the Himalayan Book Cafe. The characters were fun and great to get to know and I always felt like I was there and like if I went there I would know exactly where to go to find the places mentioned in the 3 books.
Which character – as performed by David Michie – was your favourite?
Syd. His strength of character and integrity was very appealing and I loved Mrs Trinchie.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Not a cat person? HHC might just change that!