• Tailchaser's Song

  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Alex Kydd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Tailchaser's Song

By: Tad Williams
Narrated by: Alex Kydd
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Publisher's Summary

More than 35 years ago, a young author surprised and enchanted audiences with his first novel - the story of Fritti Tailchaser, a courageous tom cat in a world of whiskery heroes and villains, of feline gods and strange, furless creatures called M'an.

The book was Tailchaser's Song, the author was Tad Williams. The legend was born.

©1985 Tad Williams; Introduction copyright 2000 by Tad Williams (P)2021 Tantor

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Lord of the Cats

I’ve wanted to read this book since I was a kid and mesmerized by its eye-catching cover. When I saw that they'd finally made an audiobook, I knew it was time.

THE GOOD

Lord of the Cats: This book has more world building and mythology than a book about talking cats has any right to. Of course, this is Tad Williams, who forced the publishing industry to invent a new binding system because his books were so long and epic, so that should come as no surprise. So expect an Epic Fantasy about cats and you won’t leave disappointed.

Language: I particularly like the cat language that is sprinkled in here and there, much like Watership Down, that makes this world feel more lived in and believable.

Cats to a T: Clearly a lover of cats, the author captures the feline self-centeredness as well as their generous natures. I felt like this was a love letter to cat owners everywhere.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD

Pacing: Meandering pacing is something the author is known for, and this being his first book is perhaps even more pronounced. I often felt my attention wander during the long sections where nothing much happens.

Narrator: I listened to the audiobook version. While certainly not BAD by any means, the narrator was rather “no frills”. I didn’t feel like he was able to give the different characters much individuality. In fact, the vast majority of the characters simply used his natural speaking voice. While his voice is smooth and easy on the ears, I would have liked to see (hear?) him try a little harder to give individuality to the characters. Perhaps some accents? As it was, I think he only really used three “voices” throughout the entire book: his speaking voice, a snooty aristocratic voice for bad guys, and a slightly higher voice for females.

THE VERDICT

I believe this book predated the term “YA”, but I would say this falls firmly in the YA category.

An entertaining story, especially if you are a lover of cats and Epic Fantasy, and would like to see the two mashed together.

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Finally an audiobook

I found this book many years ago. It is my go-to book when I need a warm fuzzy blanket wrapped around me. I am on my second copy of the book, the first is falling apart. When I saw that there was finally a recording, I was overjoyed.
The story is wonderful, a cat’s biggest adventure with many vibrant characters.
Recording is good but not perfect. I sped up to 1.2x and found it agreeable. Occasionally volume dips, not sure if that’s editing or narration.
Overall enjoyable and will keep it in my library for those rainy days and Mondays.

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one of my favorites

Tad Williams' first book is a beautiful little story, but it's his first and you can tell. I wish he could rewrite it, maybe not even return to the world, but tall hope.
One of my favorite stories of cats in the likeness of Watership Down. I recommend the story but not really the audio version. the reader's voice wasn't the best fit but for an unknown book I'm not surprised.
still, I would recommend this with my full heart, a heart full of cats.

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Narrator ruined my favourite book

I got this book when it first came out and read and reread that poor paperback. As soon as my son was ready for it, I introduced him to it. I *love* this book. Which is why it makes me so sad to return it. I want to be able to listen to a story I've adored for decades, but Alex Kydd makes me want to scream. Even listening to it sped up doesn't make his reading enjoyable. I want to apologise to Fritti and Tad Williams and assure them it's not their fault.

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beloved story from many years ago brought to life!

beloved story I read many years ago brought to life!
I would only change the volume of the individual "speakers" as there were so many instances where Pouncequick would say "oh Tailchaser" at what felt like a shout as I listened to the overall story at a reasonable volume.

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This is a Blast! Great Story, great narration

I so enjoyed this adventure in a fantasy world yet in our world too! Highly recommend!

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Classic

The narrarator didn't fit the story, but it was awesome to reread this fantasy classic. Now I remember exactly what I loved about this book when I was younger.