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7 Audiobooks with Awesome Cat and Dog Characters

Pets play an important role in our personal lives that only sporadically appears in fiction; normally these relationships are relegated to the realm of memoir. But when novelists do give us pets, they do so with heart, ingenuity, and quirkiness, as shown by these seven audiobooks.


Cat Trick

Kathleen Paulson enjoys her life as a small-town librarian with two extraordinary cats, Owen and Hercules, who provide companionship during the quiet times and have a remarkable talent for sleuthing when murder disturbs the peace….
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The Dog Stars
Author: Peter Heller
Read By: Mark Deakins

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport.
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Kafka on the Shore

Cats and people carry on conversations in this bewitching story of entwined destinies, a brutal murder, and the journey of a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, to find his missing family.
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My Cat Yugoslavia

A love story set in two countries in two radically different moments in time, that brings together a young man, his mother, a boa constrictor, and one capricious cat.
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See You in the Cosmos

Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog, Carl Sagan—named for Alex’s hero, the real-life astronomer. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex meets lost, remarkable people and uncovers secrets that will change his life.
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Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd

Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar’s wife, twelve-year-old Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. She finds him murdered, and the only living creature in the house is a mysterious cat.
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