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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (834 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne McCaffrey Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN:
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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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helga | 2/14/2014

    " Oh, what a disappointment! I will chalk it up to having read too much Carol Goodman lately and not being open to the shift in genres. Definitely lost interest when the character of Pshaw-Ra was introduced and thumbed through the remainder. I hate giving up on a book, but I hate having to plod through one even more. Perhaps if it had been catalogued as a young adult novel, it might have made more sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 2/1/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Korleski | 1/30/2014

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carmen! | 1/17/2014

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Odetta | 1/17/2014

    " The shelves say it all: science fiction; animals "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katherine | 12/12/2013

    " 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... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha Herdman | 12/7/2013

    " Pleasant enough. Had a very YA feel too it. A little too sweet for my taste. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leah | 11/19/2013

    " 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 Cottageunderhill | 10/30/2013

    " I couldn't get all the way through it because I kept crying when one of the cats' characters died. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev | 6/16/2013

    " If you're a sf fan, an Anne McCaffrey fan, or you love cats, you'll enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 2/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 2/13/2013

    " Sci-fi/fantasy story. Fun, mostly from cats' perspective, so a little weird if you're not into animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 11/3/2012

    " 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 E. | 10/19/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/22/2012

    " Cute book, not as sophisticated as some of her writing, but cute none the less! warning, not for cat haters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/18/2012

    " Start of a new trilogy, and it explains the origins of the Barque cats from her Talent series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian Jones | 1/28/2012

    " Still reading seems interesting so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/8/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 7/18/2011

    " This was cute and whimsical and so Anne McCaffrey. May she rest in peace! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Siler | 6/26/2011

    " Not a bad book, fun, easy read. Not McCaffrey at her best but sometimes a little Anne McCaffrey is better than nothing. A pleasant way to escape this world for an afternoon or evening. I am a little interested, though, in how she paints the world if the cats take over... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 6/19/2011

    " Thin characterization, an unfortunate marriage to young protagonists, and a far-fetched plot even for McCaffrey, along with a jarring inconsistency in nickname choices probably due to the coauthorship. This would probably appeal to young sci-fi readers who like cats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wogc | 6/14/2011

    " I found the parts narrated by the Cats pretty funny/witty and think that they give another dimension to the story.

    I particularly like the megalomaniac cat called Pshaw-Ra (who is, btw, the "hero" of book two) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 6/5/2011

    " Excellent book! Makes me wonder about my cats now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dire | 5/26/2011

    " Like others said, this book is lacking in plot and character developement. I will have my 12 year old daughter read it on the chance that I am just not in the target demographic for this book, but I am not optimistic that she would rate it higher. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 5/23/2011

    " 5/11 Pre-teen and early teen girls who love cats and are starting to think about romance would enjoy this story. After enjoying the breath and complexity of McCaffrey’s Pern novels, this rather shallow story was a disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/8/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carmen! | 4/30/2011

    " 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 Marissa | 4/23/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 4/11/2011

    " It was okay.......I usually enjoy Anne McCaffrey, even when collaborating with other writers but didn't enjoy this as much as I'd expected to.

    Personally, I think we may be past the heights of the Dragonriders, Talents and Acorna series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/10/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 3/19/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 3/10/2011

    " I read this before, but I barely remembered reading it. Still, pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patty | 3/8/2011

    " I really like Anne McCaffery, but this was a little too juvenile for me. Cats in outer space, telepathy...unfulfilled romance. No violence really...redemption. Other worlds. "

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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.