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Download Matthew Flinder's Cat Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bryce Courtenay Narrator: Humphrey Bower Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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The story of a drunk, a boy, and a cat. Billy O'Shannessy, once a prominent barrister, is now on the street where he sleeps on a bench outside the State Library. Above him on the window sill rests a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders' cat, Trim. Ryan is a 10-year-old, a near-street kid heading for the usual trouble. The two form an unlikely bond. Through telling Ryan the story of Flinders' circumnavigation of Australia as seen through Trim's eyes, Billy is drawn deeply into Ryan's life and into the Sydney underworld. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 2/13/2014

    " What did I think? well, in short BRILLIANT!!! yes, Brilliant. I feel in love with this book right from the start. There is so much humanity in this book, its just one of those books that take you in from the start. I don't wont to give to much away, but I can say PLEASE read this book, you wont be dissapointed. It's a must read book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polina | 1/28/2014

    " Another great Bryce Courtenay book. I love how well researched his novels are and after reading each one I get an in depth look at an often shady area of life that surroungs us, this time being alcholosim and street life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 1/27/2014

    " I loved this book about a homeless alchoholic. Not like it sounds; a really great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/25/2014

    " I rarely consider a book uplifting... But this one truly was. Loved it. I feel I know and love these characters. Very accessible and real. Learned about Australia, yet characters universal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/18/2014

    " Tricky to read the sub plot about the cat's story - I rushed these parts to get to the contemorary plot. Disturbing yet the ending was good - maybe some would say not realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/18/2014

    " As a cat lover this was the only reason to take on a Courtenay book. But it was excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/17/2014

    " One of my favourite books. Loved it!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/14/2014

    " This was a wonderful gift in that it was entirely my cup of tea for the subject matter and style of writing, just a dream to wander along through by a master-craftsman of his art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nele | 12/19/2013

    " Fabulous book. The characters will move right in and become part of you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 11/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. As always with Bryce Courtenay, it felt well researched, but was not as hero based and far fetched as some of his other novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cate | 11/7/2013

    " I wanted to like this a whole lot More than I did. It just isn't very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 11/6/2013

    " Very different from what I was expecting. Very enjoyable book about the friendship between a homeless ex-lawyer and a young boy. Bit of a too happy ending, but good read none the less. "

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

    " One of my all time favourite Bryce Courtney novels. The story of Matthew Flinders travels as told from the point of view of his ship's cat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helensvale Library | 10/21/2013

    " Loved this book, heart breaking story of life on the street in shady Sydney. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 8/23/2013

    " Tite doesn't reveal it, but this is a brilliant insight into homelessness. Everyone who has a safe, comfortable home to sleep in should read it...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Q | 7/9/2013

    " What a wonderful story. I just adored recognising all the places in the book. An easy yarn that will entertain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saraid Dammerel | 2/13/2013

    " This was the first BryceCourtenay book I read, and the reason I have now read so many more! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C. | 1/25/2013

    " Another carbon copy. At least this one doesn't involve a war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/3/2012

    " Another excellent book, it makes you think about how fragile life is and the people you never stop to see. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fred | 8/25/2012

    " Read about two chapters and skimmed the rest of the book. Just could not get into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 8/21/2012

    " The ending was a huge letdown. It felt like the author just wanted this book ended. What a shame as it was a great read up until then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ianne | 8/5/2012

    " A book that will teach you the true meaning of courage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/27/2012

    " A heartwarming story about an Aussie lawyer-turned-derelict and a charming young boy. The title does little to portray how incredibly well the story describes addiction. This book is a rare find; I recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria Beeson | 4/23/2012

    " I Learnt a lot about Australia through reading Bryce's books. this one is about change - how hard it is to change and what can motivate you to change. I loved it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isla | 3/16/2012

    " This is not Bryce Courtenay's best book. Mostly it needed some serious editing, and it often seemed repetitious and rambling. The plot is ok but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 2/21/2012

    " Matthew Flinders' Cat by Bryce Courtenay (2004) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annetta | 1/30/2012

    " Fast paced story : enjoyed the plot. A drunk a boy and a cat ; interesting connections . Setting very powerful Sydney : a good read . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leanne | 5/6/2011

    " I know this is going to sound weird, but I thought that I would have enjoyed the book without any mention of Trim. I enjoyed it from the perspective of learning about homelessness and alcoholism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dodie | 2/4/2011

    " Holy crap, this was heavy reading: alcoholism, paedophilia, drug abuse, death. Even aside from overwhleming and depressing nature of the content, I found the book overly long and ended up skimming through the stories the main character made up about Trim the cat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 1/14/2011

    " What a wonderful story. I just adored recognising all the places in the book. An easy yarn that will entertain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saraid | 12/14/2010

    " This was the first BryceCourtenay book I read, and the reason I have now read so many more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/4/2010

    " This is my third Bryce Courtenay book and I liked it but not as much as Brother Fish and Power of One. At the end of the story I felt the wrap up in a paragraph or two was not enough to tie the story into a nice finish.

    I'm still a fan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/2/2010

    " I have memories of writing a review for this book, but it was clearly (if at all) before I found Goodreads. So now, of course, I can't remember much except that I particularly enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/18/2010

    " Wow, another great book by Bryce Courtenay. A story of hope amidst addiction and tragedy. It really impacted upon me the deep felt need for hope in the human being and that help can come from the most unlikely of places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/28/2010

    " Matthew Flinders' Cat by Bryce Courtenay (2004) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 3/29/2009

    " It's a long time since I read this book, but I really enjoyed it, enough that I had to go and see Trim when I visited Sydney last year.
    I have a lovely edition of this book with a beautiful cover that a friend sent me for my birthday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polina | 3/23/2009

    " Another great Bryce Courtenay book. I love how well researched his novels are and after reading each one I get an in depth look at an often shady area of life that surroungs us, this time being alcholosim and street life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Choupette | 9/6/2008

    " Another carbon copy. At least this one doesn't involve a war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nele | 2/11/2008

    " Fabulous book. The characters will move right in and become part of you. "

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