The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow

Books on Tape. Oct. 2023. 6:45 hrs. ISBN 9780593786833. $66.50. PETS
Feline behavioral specialist Brown (The Cat) writes a sure hit for cat lovers and anyone interested in popular science. Helen Keeley’s narration only enhances the work. She has a crisp, trustworthy enunciation as she recounts cat anecdotes and research but frequently adds a tone of “well, isn’t this just an interesting tidbit” to her delivery—and it always is. Keeley smoothly inserts the book’s citations into her narration, ensuring they never disrupt the flow, yet allowing them to bolster the credibility of Brown’s words. The performance is so comfortable that it demands listeners fix themselves a cup of tea before settling into an easy chair to continue discussing cats. Rather than listing cat facts one after another, Brown weaves history and biology into her exploration of cat communication. Each chapter builds upon the last until, at the end of the audio, listeners will have developed a much deeper understanding of their favorite furry friends. Much of the information is immediately useful, ensuring that listeners’ next feline interactions will go smoothly.
VERDICT A pleasurable and informative audiobook for cat lovers. Libraries will want to reserve a warm sunbeam for this one.
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