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Author: Abigail Tucker Narrator: Arden Hammersmith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781508228578
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A lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts

House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you know a cat person who likes science, this is the book you need.”


  • “With informative first-person excursions to different places and topics, Tucker reviews all aspects of our favorite pet as well as the spell it has cast on us.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exquisite, delightful…One hesitates to use the word genius, but Tucker’s book borders on that quality.”

    Huffington Post

  • “[A] charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.”

    B&N Reads

  • “A lively read that pounces back and forth between evolutionary science and popular culture.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “Eminently readable and gently funny..[a] blend of pop science and social commentary.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Narrator Arden Hammersmith’s voice contains a light rasp coupled with a low pitch for a female. These traits blend together and remind one of the light purring one might hear in a cat’s presence. It feels entirely right for this audiobook…Whether she’s voicing genuine concerns from people quoted, wryly slipping in a pun, or conveying the complexity of felines, Hammersmith doesn’t miss a beat.”


  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2016 for Science & Technology
  • An Indiebound Indie Bestseller
  • A Smithsonian Magazine Pick for Best Books of 2016

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About the Author

Abigail Tucker was the first ever staff writer for Smithsonian magazine, where she remains a contributor. She previously wrote for The Baltimore Sun. Her work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. The first word of both of her daughters was “cat.” She is the author of The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World.

About the Narrator

Arden Hammersmith is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.