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Publisher's Summary

From the team of Anne McCaffrey (author of the Dragonriders of Pern series) and Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough comes a thrilling new science-fiction tale featuring telepathic cats that are invaluable to the spacefarers who own them.
Thomas's Duchess - or Chessie, to those who love and depend on her services - is no ordinary cat. She's a purebred Barque Cat, trained to patrol the ship on which she serves, sniffing out oxygen leaks and spotting other problems. But when a corrupt government announces it has found an epidemic that requires the impounding and possible destruction of animals across the galaxy - Barque Cats included - two young people, a kitten, and a mysterious, powerful cat with a hidden agenda, are all that stand between the galaxy's animals and total destruction.
©2010 Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Scraps on 11-21-10

Wait till the rest are available.

This is a wonderful book BUT it ends mid story. I wish I had waited till the whole series was available.

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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 02-26-10


I am a longtime Anne McCaffrey fan, but this is not her best effort. The narrator uses almost a 'baby talk' tone for the thoughts of the cats--and the book is long on cat thoughts; short on plot. If you're tempted, read it yourself and skip the irritating narrator!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Eleanor on 04-16-11


I simply couldn't finish this one - I listened to over half before admitting defeat. The reader is simply boring. I've always loved McCaffrey's books so it has to be either this story or this narrator. Or maybe the fact of it being co-authored? Anyway, I can't give this more stars because I can't find any good in it. The writing is laboured, patronising and slow, and the audio aspect hasn't enhanced it. Sorry, for me it's a failure.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peri on 07-25-15

Not quite what I expected

Being English I struggled with the narrator initially, but overall found her okay andengagingtowards the end.

Story -in some ways I much prefer the 'no one told the cat', as I was a little confused with timelines.

The barque cats featured in this story are in other stories by Anne mccaffrey(most noticeably the tower ( and the hive) sequence.

But it is one I will listen again too

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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