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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa, read by George Blagden

The tender feelgood story of a man's journey around Japan with a streetcat. Translated by Philip Gabriel, a translator of Murakami. 

It's not the journey that counts but who's at your side.

Nana is on a road trip, but he is not sure where he is going. All that matters is that he can sit beside his beloved owner, Satoru, in the front seat of his silver van. Satoru is keen to visit three old friends from his youth, though Nana doesn’t know why, and Satoru won’t say. 

Set against the backdrop of Japan’s changing seasons and narrated with a rare gentleness and humour, Nana’s story explores the wonder and thrill of life’s unexpected detours. It is about the value of friendship and solitude, and knowing when to give and when to take. The Travelling Cat Chronicles has already demonstrated its power to move thousands with a message of kindness and truth. It shows, above all, how acts of love, both great and small, can transform our lives.

©2018 Hiro Arikawa and Philip Gabriel (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Bewitching...as self-possessed and comforting as - well, a cat." (Sunday Telegraph)

"A delightful tale of loyalty and friendship." (John Boyne, Irish Times)

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Excellent narrator

The narrator's voice is pleasant, his diction is very clear and he gives distinctive voices to all the characters without overacting. As a result, this book's a real plasure to listen to!

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Because I love cats I do love this book.

The story is great, I would say it's great as a teenager book as well. Even if you are not a cat lover, anyone who enjoys a story that en-tails a journey, than this is book is for you. Light to medium hearted, easy listening performance. Overall: Now I know why it is staff popular choice in book shops. 😺😸😻

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Beautiful

Genuinely the best book I’ve ever read. Made me laugh aloud, and made me bawl my eyes out.
Fantastic story, beautifully written and performed in the most perfect way

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Superb!

A must on so many levels. I just LOVED this so much. the story of friendship
loss, and travel .

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Charming and unexpected!

This book was donated to me by my best friend, who obviously understands me all too well

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An absolutely beautiful story!

As a cat lover I simply adored this one! But even if you're not a fan of cats give it a try because this is a genuinely beautiful story. The undertone of the book is this feeling of dread that is slowly explained towards the end of the book. And while it is a sad story, the author put in lots of small moments of humor and holds the listener's hand as you're guided past memories of a cat's dear owner and a cat equally dear to him. For me it drew lines with my first cat, who left my life far earlier than I wanted her to. But it also reminded me how much I miss her and the warm memories I have of us. However like the book so amply puts it, they live on in your heart and so they can never truly be gone. And just like this book they leave a lasting impression on you. Highly recommended!

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Beautiful

Listened to the whole thing in 2 sessions. Beautifully read and such a sweet a
story. Not ashamed to say it made me cry.

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Profoundly moving

I loved the way the tale was told from the cat's perspective. Not just about the relationship between cats and humans, though, but about all relationships and how good can come out of adversity.

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Lovely story

I have to admit I bought this because of the narrator, he has such a sublime voice and I don't really mind what he is saying, but this turned out to be a lovely story

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Wonderful narration, charming story

Wonderful narration of this gentle, poignant and charming story. Love the sassy Nana, some laugh aloud moments.

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  • 12-08-20

Only one negative point: too short!

The most adorable and touching story! just wish it was longer, that it lasted forever!

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  • 21-05-20

A beautiful and moving tale...

about a man, a cat, and friendship. I wish I could find such honesty IRL.

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  • 30-04-20

Beautiful tearjerking story

Prepare tissues. I was ugly sobbing throughout this beautiful book about family, friendship, and pets.

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  • 11-01-20

A moving tale about life journey and being a cat

The book itself was very touching and I cried at the ending. The narrator was absolutely perfect for the book and he did an amazing job for all the characters.

Highly recommended.

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  • 23-02-22

Hiro Arikawa has a new Lifelong Fan

This is a wonderful and heartbreaking story. I'm not embarrassed to admit that it hard me weeping from cover to cover. It's a dedicated to friendship and honors pets. As for the narration by George Blagden, he can't help not knowing how to pronounce Japanese words such as Kokura. He was saying Ko cure ra. Totally wrong. He also wasn't saying Chikako's name right. It sounded more like Chicago from him. That aside, he's a great narrator. You can't really fault someone for not knowing a phoneme system from a language they probably don't speak. This is now one of my favorite books of all time. That said, it's obviously inspired by Hachiko, hence the first cat's name being in dedication to the famous loyal dog. If you don't know that story, look it up. Like Hachiko, there's a movie adaptation of this book.

This is well worth your time.

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  • 25-08-21

Good for pet lovers, stoic-wannabes and grievers

Melancholic, but sweet, tender, hearrwarming and humane at the same time.
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Satoru - Nana's owner - is a perfect (a bit idealised though) example of a stoic in modern life - loving, caring, emotional, yet calm and never seeing himself as a victim of life, even though he went through so many traumatic events. His grieving for the lost ones, although not detailed in the story, ended up with gratitude and more love for life, which is a healthy way to make out of grief, psychologically speaking.
Nana is such a badass cat too. I love the main characters and how they deal with adversities in life, and the dynamics between them can
make you smile, then cry, then smile again.