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4.15625 out of 54.15625 out of 54.15625 out of 54.15625 out of 54.15625 out of 5 4.16 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gwen Cooper Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780307704122
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The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.

Everyone warned that Homer would always be an “underachiever,” never as playful or independent as other cats. But the kitten nobody believed in quickly grew into a three-pound dynamo, a tiny daredevil with a giant heart who eagerly made friends with every human who crossed his path. Homer scaled seven-foot bookcases with ease and leapt five feet into the air to catch flies in mid-buzz. He survived being trapped alone for days after 9/11 in an apartment near the World Trade Center, and even saved Gwen’s life when he chased off an intruder who broke into their home in the middle of the night.

But it was Homer’s unswerving loyalty, his infinite capacity for love, and his joy in the face of all obstacles that inspired Gwen daily and transformed her life. And by the time she met the man she would marry, she realized Homer had taught her the most important lesson of all: love isn’t something you see with your eyes.

Homer’s Odyssey is the once-in-a-lifetime story of an extraordinary cat and his human companion. It celebrates the refusal to accept limits on love, ability, or hope against overwhelming odds. By turns jubilant and moving, it’s a memoir for anybody who’s ever fallen completely and helplessly in love with a pet.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • Delightful…this lovely human-feline memoir, following in the footsteps of Vicki Myron's best-selling Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, is sure to warm the hearts of all pet lovers. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Heartwarming and entertaining. PEOPLE Pets
  • A wonderful story celebrating the profound bond that can form between feline and human, Homer’s Odyssey is an inspiring read, and a perfect holiday gift for any cat lovers on your list. Feline Wellness
  • It took only a glance at the foreword, and before I knew it I was devouring the whole thing like a warm brownie sundae….It was Homer who most often proved to be the hero, once even saving Cooper’s life when an intruder broke into her apartment. (This story alone is worth the price of the book.) Christian Science Monitor
  • A guaranteed hit with any cat lover…but the account of Cooper’s struggles with her career and love life will also appeal to readers of similar memoirs about twentysomething women (Julie and Julia, for example), as well as to the growing audience for stories of challenging pets of all kinds (Marley and Me). Booklist
  • Tender and affecting. Publishers Weekly
  • Touching . . . one not to miss. USA Today
  • Homer's Odyssey will make you jump for joy! Rita Mae Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Cat of the Century
  • An inspiring story of two souls, one human and one feline, who face significant obstacles on their quest for love. A charming and sometimes humorous tale of what everyday courage and perseverance can look like. And to anyone who knows cats, it comes as no surprise that it is often the feline who leads the way. Susan Richards, author of Chosen By a Horse and Chosen Forever
  • Homer’s Odyssey will capture your heart and enrich your soul.  Homer’s courageous spirit and triumphant optimism are an inspiration to all who share his story. Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine, ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, and author of Vet Confidential
  • Homer's Odyssey eloquently demonstrates that the bond between felines and their humans is requisite for our enlightenment. Jim Edgar, author of My Cat Hates You and Bad Cat
  • A heart-warming and charming memoir of how adopting a sightless kitten brought joy and love (and new direction) into a woman's life. Shelf Awareness
  • Irresistible. The Toronto Sun
  • A wonderful book for animal lovers. Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation
  • Entertaining, heart-warming, and sometimes heart-wrenching….Throughout, Homer entertains with his insatiable curiosity and joie de vivre...I couldn’t put the book down and I read half the passages aloud to my husband. I guarantee you’ll find the book as engaging as I did. Catster
  • Moving and inspiring . . . a three-hankie tale of life and the love that can exist between owner and pet. Florida Times-Union
  • This memoir about adopting a special-needs kitten teaches that sometimes in life, you have to take a blind leap. People
  • Cooper is a genial writer with both a sense of humor and a gift for conveying the inner essence of an animal. . . . The indefatigable feline should be an inspiration to us all. The Christian Science Monitor
  • A must-read for anyone who has ever loved an animal. Free Lance-Star (VA)
  • A marvelous book! Moving, insightful and often hilarious, Homer’s Odyssey is about a blind cat with a spirit of epic proportions. Read and rejoice! Sy Montgomery, author of The Good Good Pig
  • I am certain it would be impossible to meet Homer without falling in love with him and it is just as difficult to read this loving account without coming away with a renewed faith in the unique bond that can sometimes arise between two alien species.  Gwen Cooper writes with humor, with wit, with candor and most of all with irresistible warmth for this astonishing little feline who will steal your heart. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats and When Elephants Weep

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charla | 9/29/2016

    " Awesome book! I do love cats however I have read other books with cats and did not always like the book. A co-worker of mine who has never owned a cat and never wanted to actually told me about this book. The book was given to her and she was gonna read a little bit on road trip but after starting the book, she was just unable to put it down. I think it is a wonderful story and the fact of it being true is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Kelly | 2/19/2014

    " I loved it! I've read many cat books and this is one of the best--I laughed in a number of places. The part where one cat successfully woos and wins her anti-cat boyfriend is terrific... Homer, himself, is wonderful, especially his stay with Jorge and the mach amigos. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Ransing | 2/6/2014

    " LOVE cats, HATE this book...Gwen Cooper seems like a self important shallow biatch, despite having adopted a cat with no eyes...She sucks and so does this book...and i have news for you, if you liked this book you also suck. I hope you find this review helpful. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darla | 2/5/2014

    " Blech. After "love saves the day" I thought I'd try another Gwen cooper. This book was a challenging re telling of the love of her cat that she adopted. The cat has no eyes due to early kitten hood disasters. My curiosity was peaked. But it just went on and on. I finally gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 1/30/2014

    " i want a blind cat and a baby barn owl and a wolf dog! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/20/2014

    " This book was as heart warming as it was funny and real and just plain damn good!!!! You don't have to be a cat lover to enjoy this unputdownable book!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose Ann | 1/12/2014

    " Loved it. Loved that cat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/4/2014

    " This a nicely written tale of an inspriting little kitty. I was able to put it down and pick it up, but ultimately really enjoyed the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 12/16/2013

    " Nice book - I think you'd HAVE to be an animal lover to enjoy this book though. Light read - amazing stories about the cat - but, I'll probably search for a different book for my kids to read a nice cat story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hana | 11/25/2013

    " With the main subject being an extraordinary cat, I knew that I was at least going to like this book. What I didn't count on was loving it. A great memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samina | 11/14/2013

    " I loved this book. It is an amazing and inspiring story. I loved the writing style of the author. It is very engaging and funny. My 12 year old is reading it now "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Checchia | 11/3/2013

    " A new favorite. Anyone who has ever loved a pet to distraction will understand this book. Anyone who has ever been through a break-up will connect with this story. Anyone who feels inspired by and compassion for animals will love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melea | 10/24/2013

    " I think that this is my feel good book of the year! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise Elerick | 7/9/2013

    " What can I say I was in the mood for fluff and I miss my cat and am thinking about getting another one. THis may just push me over the edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 3/6/2013

    " love reading about a blind cat and the adventures he got into "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 4/9/2012

    " was a great book. I did think that the author did leave you hanging a few times. I also think that she over explained or rambled on on other points but all in all a really great book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aprille Curtis | 2/27/2012

    " A fabulous story about an amazing cat and his owner. Worth reading for any animal lover. Author is kind of long winded on things I didn't care about. But when she got back to the good stuff it kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle | 2/17/2012

    " It was a very sweet and inspiring read about an extraordinary cat whose personality leapt from the pages. Reading about what this cat could do without the benefit of sight had me goading my own cat that she was just lazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 11/22/2011

    " A poor black cat that lost both of his eyes due to an infection is adopted by the author and has some crazy (true) adventures! So great to see there are others out there that love their cats as much as I love mine! A cat lover's dream to read and no sad endings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Strouse | 8/8/2011

    " I loved this book. Even though I cried my eyes out I couldn't wait to read more and more. This story is so wonderfully touching. If you are an animal lover this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Gorris nemirovsky | 7/7/2011

    " If your a cat lover you'll love this book but it'll tug at your heart strings in some parts - overall I would recommend this book!!!!! The message behind the writing is wonderful - i'm sure you'll love Homer the cat as much as I did!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 5/23/2011

    " Proving that everything makes a little more sense through a cat's eyes (or lack thereof!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 5/20/2011

    " Loved this book!!! Recommend to all cat & pet lovers. Such a heart warming, encouraging, feel-good story. Thanks mom, for passing it on to me. I will pass it on to the next person! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 5/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Very heart warming to see how Homer does not even realize he is disadvantaged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 5/7/2011

    " Lovely and heart-felt writing. Homer reminds me of another great cat -- Merlin -- who only lost one eye, but lived life with passion and never met a person he didn't love. Not finished yet, but would recommend based on what I've already read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 5/4/2011

    " I'm halfway through and it's the most heart-warming book I've read recently. You'll fall in love with Homer, all he has is love to give. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/29/2011

    " Definitely a book for cat people, you can't help but wish you had a "Homer" of your own. What an amazing cat and a testimony to being all that you can be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mo | 4/28/2011

    " Nice book - I think you'd HAVE to be an animal lover to enjoy this book though. Light read - amazing stories about the cat - but, I'll probably search for a different book for my kids to read a nice cat story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devin | 4/25/2011

    " This book was a little funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 4/25/2011

    " Everybody falls i love with Homer, the badass tiny little blind cat. Me, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 4/24/2011

    " I actually listened to this book on CD while traveling. It is an excellent book. I love, love, loved it. "

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About the Author
Gwen Cooper is the author of the novel Diary of a South Beach Party Girl. A Miami native, she spent five years working in nonprofit administration, marketing, and fundraising. She coordinated volunteer activities on behalf of organizations including Pet Rescue, the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Miami Rescue Mission, and His House Children’s Home, and initiated Reading Pen Pals, an elementary school-based literacy program in Miami’s Little Haiti. Gwen currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, Laurence. She also lives with her three perfect cats–Scarlett, Vashti, and Homer--who aren’t impressed with any of it.
About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.