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2.82 out of 52.82 out of 52.82 out of 52.82 out of 52.82 out of 5 2.82 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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In Catalyst, award-winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough introduced listeners to the beguiling Barque Cats: spacefaring felines who serve aboard starships as full-fledged members of the crew. Highly evolved, the cats share an almost telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons - until, suddenly, there is no almost about it, and a particular Barque Cat, Chester, learns to ex- change thoughts with his human friend, Jubal. Other cats soon gain the same ability.

Behind the seeming miracle is a mysterious cat named Pshaw-Ra, who possesses knowledge and technology far beyond anything the Barque Cats - or their humans - have ever seen.

When fear of a virulent plague leads the government first to quarantine and then to kill all animals suspected of infection, Pshaw-Ra - with the help of Chester, Jubal, and the crew of the starship Ranzo - activates a mousehole in space that carries the refugees to a place of safety: Pshaw-Ra's home planet of Mau, where godlike cats are worshiped by human slaves.

But Pshaw-Ra's actions are less noble than they appear. The scheming cat plans to mate the Barque Cats with his own feline stock, creating a hybrid race of superior cats - a race destined to conquer the universe.

Yet right from the start, his plans go awry. For one thing, there's a new queen on Mau: Pshaw-Ra's daughter Nefure, a spoiled brat - er, cat - with a temper as short as her attention span. Pshaw-Ra's other daughter, the rightful queen Renpet, is exiled, running for her life in the only direction available to her - down into the vast catacombs beneath the Mauan desert. Far from receiving the hero's welcome he expected, Pshaw-Ra must use every bit of his considerable cleverness just to survive.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 2/11/2014

    " It is a clean story (ok for younger people). Its a fantasy story about cats who have psychic powers. It was OK. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tehani | 2/2/2014

    " As with most "McCaffrey" books of recent years, this lacks the spark and flair of her earlier novels. Almost always co-written, and rather formulaic, McCaffrey's name and world building is used to garner sales. Having said that, this was a readable little story which will feel comfortable to old fans and will hit some enjoyment buttons with younger readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Chong | 1/29/2014

    " It started out kind of slow, but otherwise the pacing seemed okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carmen! | 1/19/2014

    " This was pretty cute. It almost seemed more like fanfic than a full novel, though. Obviously something they wrote just for fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/8/2014

    " Loved the idea of the role that cats played in this society. Not sure I'm really a sci fi kind of gal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 1/6/2014

    " how does a race of teleknetic cats begin, how does it survive the frist meeting with the human race.. born of ship cats, sponsored by the beetles, and developed by a race of worshiped and addored cats, how can they save their friends and neighbors form impound and distruction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 E. | 12/5/2013

    " Good premise but a little stilted, characters are a bit two-dimensional or caricatured. Barque cats are essential space crewmembers but their faithfulness and service is discounted by unscrupulous politicians. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 12/4/2013

    " Oh Dear. Anne McCaffrey. I grew up on Anne McCaffrey. I read Dragonflight for the first time when I was nine or so, and I have read almost everything she's ever written, maybe forty or so of her books. But her work has gotten less and less wonderful over time, and this book was just a clunker. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 12/1/2013

    " slow, frequently annoying, not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 11/27/2013

    " Had this on the shelves for a while before I got around to reading it. Obviously written by a couple of cat fanciers, I saw a lot of my old Maine Coon in the feline characters. The youngsters are in charge of saving the universe. Ends in a shameless cliff-hanger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Korleski | 11/24/2013

    " I enjoy this book, its was a fun way to look at cats and how they can help their shipmates. It show what folks well do for their cats, that help keep them safe. One of the co-writers, send me a cd-verson of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 11/20/2013

    " Telepathic cats try to take over the galaxy with dung beetles. Not McCaffrey's best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 11/20/2013

    " Fun, easy fluff read. This is a light-hearted read about cats in space. Quick and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Storm Weaver | 10/6/2013

    " This was a decent starter to a new series. I'll definitely get more int he series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/5/2013

    " Five stars! I have read this twice and can't wait for the next book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Graves | 8/23/2013

    " I started out enjoying the movie but then it just went south about 2/3 of the way into it. I probably will read some of her more popular books but I wont read from this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Martin | 7/15/2013

    " Some interesting ideas but not a deeply thought out book, and not well written. Just enough of a plot that I'll finish it out of curiosity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/26/2013

    " It took most of the book to set up the story, it took too long. will read Catacombs next to see how the story ends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 5/31/2013

    " Strange book written from multiple points of views - including cats, and. I found the characters very simple. It's was a different plot, but a little to much like a kid book when it's not meant to be. Don't think I will read the sequel... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 2/6/2013

    " This is a great book, especially if you like cats and their eccentricities! I loved the point of view of the cats and what they think of humans. Really fun book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 11/4/2012

    " It's nice to get a tale starring the Barque Cats from Anne's sci-fi futuristic setting, but the plot was a little spastic at times. It was a fun read though, and I'm hoping some of the ideas will be more developed in the planned sequels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Jones | 5/8/2012

    " Still reading seems interesting so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/22/2012

    " Love Anne McCaffrey books. Kinda confused, though, 'cause barque cats show up in her Talent series. But this book doesn't seem to be tied to that series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Virginia | 9/28/2011

    " Wow, probably my least favorite McCaffey colaboration. I love the premise. I like cats. But I didn't really like this book. Second in the series is first book with McCaffrey name I will not purchase. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 6/30/2011

    " Even less impressive than the first book. It just all falls a little flat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Larry | 6/24/2011

    " Dumb. Bad choice from the library shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 6/4/2011

    " Great book even better than the first one. If you like cats and science fiction you will definitely love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 5/6/2011

    " Different but interesting if sci-fi fantasy is your interest. I picked it up because of the cat on the cover (I'm a cat lover)and had read another book by the same author while my daughter was reading fantasy in high school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 4/23/2011

    " The sequel to Catalyst continues the fun, fluffy romp through the universe, with a respite during which the Barque cats are introduced to Mau, Pshaw-Ra's homeworld. Another quick, light-hearted read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shigi | 4/7/2011

    " I can honestly say it was better than the first book. The cats are definitely more interesting than the people. This is definitely a series you shouldn't try to put too much thought into reading.

    I was also amused to see the acknowledgments to Cordwainer Smith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 4/2/2011

    " Good series - typical Anne McCaffrey - good scifi/fantasy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 3/27/2011

    " Hm, basic space story with the intelligent-cats premise, but that didn't really work as it didn't really move away from the earth humans-cat relation.
    Easy to read in a sprint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/24/2011

    " It seemed simple but I found the plot to.......pat and hard to really get into. In all, I am a bit unhappy with this book. I think it is more geared to the younger set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karina | 2/23/2011

    " Basically entertaining and a fast read, but like other reviews said, it was all over the place. Interesting concept, but botched in execution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/14/2011

    " Cat lovers are sure to enjoy this volume! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 1/11/2011

    " This series is a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/6/2011

    " A continuation of her 'cat' series. So now there are cross bred cats between the Barque cats and the Mau cats, which seem to be even smarter. Still room for more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 1/2/2011

    " I know this is not the most intellectual comment, but it's the most honest way of stating how I feel. This book was 'eh' ... normally I am swept away in McCaffrey's books and can't put them down, but this book just never really engaged me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/1/2011

    " I really disliked the "cuteness" of this novel. I never found any interest in the cats' POV and I love cats. It felt like a YA novel with the authors condescending to the readers, not writing for or about them. I liked other books in this series much more than this one. "

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About the Author
Author Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the numerous novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. She lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.