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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,300 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lilian Jackson Braun Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cat Who... Series Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780786555413
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The residents of Pickax are about to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. But in the midst of all the preparations, Qwill has to take time out to deal with Koko's strange new habit of dropping from balconies and landing in the oddest of places-and a couple that has mysteriously gone missing.


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila | 2/20/2014

    " Light - no brainer - just whimiscal entertainment "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 2/19/2014

    " This is the first of her books that I've read. I was expecting a mystery with some suspense and humor. Instead a I got a book that seemed to have been written by a novice. Not much element of a story if you ask me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bruce | 2/18/2014

    " Really pretty lame. I had read a couple of these quite a while ago - they seemed to be more mystery oriented. This one seemed centered on the weird characters of Pickaxe, none of which were very interesting. There was a mystery, sort of, but it didn't really play a very prominent role in the book. It could have been that I was annoyed with the reader too... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorilee | 2/3/2014

    " I know that I only read these books because I like the quirky towns people but I think I am done with this series now. The books do not even have a little bit of a mystery to them anymore. It is just about how Qwil uses the K money to finance everythin in town and going to lunch and dinner all over town. The first 10 books in this series were great but it is time to say goodbye to Koko and YumYum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2014

    " Needs a good editor- several silly mistakes, like saying an event was sold out and then saying tickets were being sold at the door. And a meeting was set up for the day the 2 were talking and then one says "see you tomorrow." Also, begins with an accidental death/murder and nothing ever comes of it- switches to something else which is also barely discussed. Case solved in one paragraph. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/15/2014

    " I found this on a table in the children's section, but I'm not sure why it would be marketed to children. All of the characters are adults, and it's not particularly funny. It's mostly just a daily-life of a man with inherited wealth, living in the Mid North East (I'm still not sure what exactly that means). There's a little mystery in it, but it's very downplayed, especially for what a reader might expect based on the back cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 1/13/2014

    " Story covers events over several months starting in April. Qwill and his Siamese cats Koko and Yum Yum are living in their Pickax converted apple barn home. Story events center aound the Pickax 150th birthday celebration. As usual, there is a murder which Qwill and Koko provide the solution to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/10/2014

    " Nowhere near the best of the series, but always a fun time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 1/8/2014

    " I love this series when I am in the mood for some light, simple reading. The community sounds lovely. However, this particular book was one of the least interesting ones of the series that I have read. It was very short. Not only did it come to its conclusion unbelievably quickly, the conclusion was transparent almost from the beginning of the book. I am glad to have this as part of my collection. However, it simply fills a spot in the collection. I would not recommmend this book to anyone as a means to get them hooked on this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 1/6/2014

    " no mysteries, really but pleasant stories "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Hatch | 1/4/2014

    " okay, I am not a cat lover and little did I know this was #28 in a series. Bored to death... with the story... with the cats... I'm halfway through the second cd and will probably return it to the library before the mystery even starts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dolly | 12/19/2013

    " Another fairly typical book from the "Cat Who..." series. This one didn't even have a compelling mystery, but it was a quick read - pure brain candy. I am not nearly as interested in this series as I once was... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/14/2013

    " These books are kinda fun for fall back books. When I have nothing else to read I'll get one of these and read it. They don't take too long to read and this one was not one of her best in this series. The writing didn't flow well and the story was a little choppy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 11/2/2013

    " Pickax's sesquicentennial. Leadfield family poisoned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Stevens | 10/28/2013

    " good, quick reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 10/4/2013

    " Braun is still one of my favorite authors, but her writing is becoming predictable. Nothing outstanding happens in this book and you can easily predict the outcome of the murder mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgene | 7/25/2013

    " I think this may be the last "Cat Who" book. I'm really sorry to say that the series has gotten tired and old. It's definitely run its course. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coralee | 6/2/2013

    " Braun has pretty much written herself out. The book did not hang together well, and loose ends were left. The plot device for the murder was, however, ingenious allowing for 2 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/10/2013

    " It was nice to return to a familiar town and familiar characters. An architect who is the nephew of the old Ledfield family comes to town with his fiancee, but the old Ledfields have mysteriously quit coming out ever since he arrived. It's up to Koko, Qwill, and Yum Yum to figure out why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/3/2013

    " Not my favorite in the series, but still a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/22/2012

    " Entertaining escape... Comfort for my commute! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bird | 10/4/2012

    " I finally have to admit that the writing is going steadily downhill. However, LJB is 96(!) years old, and wrote this book 4 years ago, so the change in quality is understandable. I still enjoyed the story, although there was hardly any mystery at all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna Mcmullen | 8/26/2012

    " I really didn't care for this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 3/23/2012

    " I think I'm getting bored from reading the cat who books. I just can't get connected with the plot or the strange older characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 1/7/2012

    " It was just ok. Some of it was funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 7/5/2011

    " The mystery was essentially an afterthought. As always, Lilian Jackson Braun writes excellent character studies about small-town life, but I like a mystery in my mysteries. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christabelle | 6/26/2011

    " Waiting to get too the good stuff. I began this series a number of years ago. I like the mystery bit, but it's taking me a little bit to get through the set-up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/21/2011

    " Not one of the better ones in this series, but still a good gentle read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 5/11/2011

    " It was nice to return to a familiar town and familiar characters. An architect who is the nephew of the old Ledfield family comes to town with his fiancee, but the old Ledfields have mysteriously quit coming out ever since he arrived. It's up to Koko, Qwill, and Yum Yum to figure out why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " no mysteries, really but pleasant stories "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina | 11/29/2010

    " Very slow & one of the worst ones in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aubreya | 10/13/2010

    " Light-hearted and lovely. Great literature it is not, but it doesn't pretend to be. This mystery is a feel-good breath of fresh air. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Twila | 9/30/2010

    " This had potential but the ending was kind of a fast forward and even though there weren't really any loose ends, I feel there was something missing in the middle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti | 7/30/2010

    " wow the first books were great...these last few read like a jr. high student wrote them. I actually abandon this book - it was awful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 7/7/2010

    " I think I'm getting bored from reading the cat who books. I just can't get connected with the plot or the strange older characters. "

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About the Author
Author Lilian Jackson BraunThe history of Lilian Jackson Braun is perhaps as exciting and mysterious as her novels.  Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off.  In 1966, The New York Times labeled Braun, “the new detective of the year.”  Then, for reasons unknown, the rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene.

 

It wasn’t until 1986 that the Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red.   Within two years,  Berkeley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons has since published seventeen Cat Who… novels.  Most recently being The Cat Who Went Up The Creek, The Cat Who Smelled Rat, The Cat Who Robbed The Bank, The Cat Who Saw Stars, The Cat Who Tailed a Thief, The Cat Who Blew the Whistle, The Cat Who Said Cheese, The Cat Who Came to Breakfast, The Cat Who Went Into The Closet, The Cat Who Wasn’t There, The Cat Who Moved The Mountain, The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal, The Cat Who Lived High, The Cat who Talked to Ghosts, The Cat Who Went Underground, The Cat Who Sniffed Glue, The Cat Who Saw Stars, and lastly, The Cat Who Sang For the Birds.

Even though Braun claims that her cats have never done anything extraordinary, her fictional cats, Koko and Yum Yum, solve crimes and delight fans in book after book.  Braun says the reason for her success is that “people are simply tired of all the blood.  I write what is called the classic mystery.”  She says that while “not all mystery fans like cats, all cat-fanciers seem to like mysteries.  That makes for a large audience, since 26% of all American households own 53.9 million cats between them.”

Braun was the “Good Living” editor of The Detroit Free Press for 29 years.  She is retired from journalism and is currently writing mysteries full-time, her latest Cat Who… novel is titled The Cat Who Brought Down The House.  She lives with two Siamese cats and her husband, Earl Bettinger, in North Carolina.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.