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Topic: Lillian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who...mysteries

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Subject: Lillian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who...mysteries
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 11:44 PM ET
Member Since: 11/29/2005
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I had never read one of these before, and technically I still haven't, but I ended up with a couple of them on tape. They are soooo fun!!! They are light, witty, funny and just great to listen to driving down the road. I'm not sure how many the current actor reading them, George Guidall, read but he does a wonderful job with all of the character's voices. It's so much better than the radio these days.

Are there any other fans out there? I should read one myself someday but it's just fun to listen too. :D

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 3:44 AM ET
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Hey Frogi ..... :) I think they're hit and miss. I used to read them religiously and then got bored of them.  He's a journalist (of sorts!) so I had to pick them up!

I stopped reading them for a few years and have picked up the last three or four recently to see if I can revive my interest since the kitty was just darned cute. I haven't read them yet though. They're in that infamous TBR "pile."

One day I'll have to try audio. Believe it or not I have NEVER listened to a book on tape before - other than those ones for kids that come with book/cassette. My kids had a few of those  way back when.

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 10:19 AM ET
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Hey girlfriend!

Now that I think about it, I did see some of these on your shelf, didn't I?  They kind of remind me of Mrs. Pollifax mysteries in that they are light and fun and short.

You really should try one on tape read by George. When he does the "meow" of the cats, especially Koko, its a scream! I almost drove off the road the first time he meowed. lol

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 4:31 PM ET
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I thought the earlier books were really good (although I've never listened to an audio of them).  In fact, they are what started me reading mysteries.  BUT....the last three or four have been so bad, that I am sure she isn't actually writing them anymore.  Anyone else feel that way?

Date Posted: 3/20/2008 7:40 PM ET
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I'll have to see if mylibrary has them on tape or cd! I like listening to books on tape sometimes, esp when I'm driving to see my parents and it's a 4 hr trip! I had the janet evanovich plum tapes that are abridged 4-6 and was laughing so hard listening to them! I've also listenened to kid's books on tape like the boxcar children and some of judy blume's series. My fave is 'a year down yonder' by richard peck! there's one that comes before that one but the woman reading this one does such ago od job and I can listen to it over and over again!

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 4:49 AM ET
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Collette:  I might have some on my shelf! I might not ... lol I dunno! How bad is that -and I don't even have that many books on there right now. Maybe I'll read one in my TBR pile over my weekend (back off for three days - boy do I need it) and pop it in the mail to you - unsolicited! :)

I'll have to try them on tape (don't they do CD's now - not really tapes??) or go hunt something up by that guy.

Susan: My friend would entirely agree with you. She used to read the Cat Who books like I did way back when. She recently read The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers and she told me her first thought after she was done was "What the heck was that?!"  She's not reading anymore of them. Needless to say she didn't give it a good review and here I have it on my shelf .... that and several "newer" ones waiting to be read. I'll still give them a chance .... 

 

 

Date Posted: 3/21/2008 8:57 AM ET
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Ok, I promise not to take your shelf at face value again. lol

A three day break sounds good! I volunteered to try for entertainer of the year again (I really do hate to entertain people) and have dinner guest for both Saturday and Sunday night. *groan* I'm sure it will be fun but it means cleaning and cooking when I would much rather be reading!

Hey! I would love to borrow one if you had read it and I would even send it back. No pressure though since my tbr pile is ever growing.

I actually went to the library yesterday (haven't been in years!) and checked out a couple of books on tape. They had many more on tape then cd and I didn't see any of Brauns on cd and haven't elsewhere (i.e. PBS) but they might have come into the century and I"m just missing them. lol I got another Cat book and the first three In Death books as I started the series a while ago and now can't remember them very well.