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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,204 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lilian Jackson Braun Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780786555048
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Autumn has arrived, and the citizens of Pickax find themselves amid a clamor of activity. In addition to the opening of its latest theatrical production, the town is celebrating the dedication of a new bookstore and park built in memory of Pickax’s beloved bookshop owner Edd Smith. Columnist Jim Qwilleran, participating in the festivities, is also busy with his latest book project: an account of a uniquely historic guest residence, the Hibbard House.

The merry atmosphere, however, is dampened by the suspicious death of an out-of-town actor and the mysterious theft of a rare book. Qwill’s research into the Hibbard House provides unexpected insight into these strange proceedings. Qwill must also rely on his perceptive Siamese Koko, who has been acting particularly odd in regard to the newest resident of the Hibbard House. Has Koko gone bananas, or will his unusual behavior help Qwill unravel this mystery?

With her twenty-seventh Cat Who book, Lilian Jackson Braun proves yet again that Qwill, Yum Yum, and Koko are the purrfect team to solve any mystery.                                          

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eyehavenofilter | 2/19/2014

    " The cat who is finally losing its cuteness for me but I still read them because I can't help myself. An out of town actor and bananas? I think the term is called " grasping at straws". But what the hell it has cats. "

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

    " I thought this was the least enjoyable of all the The Cat WHo... books. It took until the last 2 chapters before the mystery came into play. The first 3/4 of the book was boring. I have also discovered that the author likes to use big fancy vocabulary words usually within the same paragraph. It isn't necessary. Yeah, Mr. Quill is a polished journalist but no need to over snootify him in the books. This one is not a favorite of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 1/27/2014

    " B; a short one to listen to, only 4 CDs. I had trouble getting into it, but it was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dana | 1/15/2014

    " As always the books are fun the mysteries are weak but I enjoy the characters so once a year end up picking up one while on holiday. Particularly light and non-nutritional reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Puente | 1/12/2014

    " I like this author a lot but I haven't seen anything by her lately. Is she still writing? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 1/8/2014

    " Enjoyable fun book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/31/2013

    " A cute book....easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 12/29/2013

    " another great audio book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorilee | 12/23/2013

    " I still read these books to "see" all the characters in town. There is no mystery in this mystery series any more. This one, did not even have a a resolution at all, just a very rushed ending. I have one more to read and then I am done, even if more have been published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 11/5/2013

    " I love the "Cat Who" series, but this one was a little disjointed in the reading. I felt it kept jumping around. Despite this I still enjoyed it and wish I had a couple of Siamese cats myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry | 10/25/2013

    " Nice easy read for the beach or deck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 5/29/2013

    " I have read several of these. The characters are endearing. Unfortunately, I can't remember the titles of all the specific Cat Who books that I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Elizabeth | 5/27/2013

    " in a word, lame. read a few of the cat who series. lightweight at best of times. this was dull & slow with no sense of resolution of mystery. probably only good reading for when you have the flu "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jacky | 3/10/2013

    " It was slow for the first 250 pages and then the plot was introduced and promptly resolved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 1/10/2013

    " Funny and spirited, loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina Marie | 2/14/2012

    " Meh, this one could have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 1/7/2012

    " very unsatisfying ending "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 11/17/2011

    " Mr. Q is at it again, as usual. The thing about the Cat Who books is there may not really be a following of a plot, but more a following of characters 400 east of nowhere, and the small town antics. Koko the cat is rated unusually intelligent, and talented when there is murder a foot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 11/1/2011

    " I just couldn't get into this book or the writing style. I put it down about 1/4 of the way through the book when there was no dead body yet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 10/22/2011

    " Well, I like this series because I like cats but I wouldn't call these mystery novels. Murders and mayhem, etc are mentioned but never resolved... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Libbeth | 7/21/2011

    " An audio book from the library, to stitch to. Glad I hadn't lashed out more than the library 50p on this, what a mess, but ok to stitch by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 5/22/2011

    " Treasure Chest Bookstore opens and actor in play dies in mysterious accident. "

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

    " These are charming and fun mysteries. I went through a binge of everything in the series when I was younger, but haven't touched them since. I remember really enjoying them, though, and both liking the main character and the twists to the stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margie | 9/16/2010

    " The Nancy Drew books for grownups. Flat, with what reads as stock phrases. If you're stuck in the waiting room it wouldn't be a bad choice, but it's instantly forgettable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 8/11/2010

    " Another mild mannered mystery featuring Qwilleran and his psychic cat. These are nice little stories that are undemanding but rather forgettable.

    No vulgarity or explicit language. some discussion of sexual abuse but no details. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/14/2010

    " After reading several of these, they started blurring together and not fulfilling my reading drive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawnastebbins | 1/30/2010

    " This one is one of the best in the series. It is rich with oblique insights into family and personal dysfunction, and fun reading at the same time! Koko is very rambunctious and funny in this tail :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 10/16/2009

    " This was another easy listen in the car. The cast of characters wasa a little quirky in this installment, but I liked storyline, by and large. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aisha | 8/28/2009

    " Qwill,Koko,and yum-yum go to a cabin for the summer.people start dissapering and qwill is a suspect in murder!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 4/28/2009

    " Amusing enough with a typical Lilian Jackson Braun plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 4/5/2009

    " Another good Lilian Braun. I enjoyed the story. ANother quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 3/26/2009

    " Same characters but interesting new setting and plot. I loved the continual problems with the cabin that brought all kinds of new characters into the picture. Creepy crawling under the house! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tevilla | 2/9/2009

    " Better than some in this series. Easy to read, entertaining brain candy. "

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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.