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In the winter of his life, Nathaniel, a fruit rat, is bored, angry and depressed. Even his longsuffering wife, Birgit is becoming impatient with his litany of complaints and ailments. Nathaniel has grown increasingly self-focused possessing little interest in his gray-hued world. Sometimes he wistfully recalls his adventures as a young rat in search of life’s meaning. But ...more
Paperback, 163 pages
Published September 14th 2020 by Author David Heaney
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Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” Proverb

We all like to read them at some stage, and many of us are so influenced by a good story that we adopt life changes to match. True stories and biographies are obviously the most inspirational, but there are also fictional stories that can be just as inspiring. And for me, Nathaniel’s Got The Blues by David L. Heaney is such a story.

More often than not children relate themselves with the characters of a good story. In such c
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Lino  Matteo
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nathaniel’s Got the Blues
By David L. Heaney, 2020

Do you like rats? I don’t or should I say, that I didn’t. The author does an excellent job of transporting us into the rat’s shoes, or should I say paws?
If you are aging, and who isn’t; if you have sometimes wondered, why am I doing this, and who hasn’t; and if you like to read, this is a book that you should clearly make some time to read.
Nathaniel is a rat who had an adventure in the author’s first book “A Yorkie’s Tale: Lessons from a Life We
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arneta
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nathaniel's Got the Blues is a story about Nathaniel, an aged and worn rat who always complains until one day he goes to the older and wiser possum friend, Mr. Leach. There, Mr Leach listens to Nathaniel and gives his wisdom of engage and extract .

Written from the perspective of a rat, Heaney offers such a peculiar yet illustrative setting of the lives of rats, a kind of animal that humans despise the most. Though we are usually deeply disgusted by them, Heaney's writing pushes us to sympathize
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Jenn
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nathaniel’s Got the Blues, follows the story of a rat in his elder years, starting off grumbling and grousing about how day to day life is getting more and more difficult for him to bare. Urged out of the house by his enduring and loving wife he meets his old friend the possum Mr. Leach, who imparts some world-changing advice.

Although Nathaniel is a character in his more senior years, there is an easy sense of attachment to him. He has clearly lost a sense of himself and is near-crying out to re
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Faeeja Humaira Meem
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received a free digital review copy of this Nathaniel’s Got the Blues by David L. Heaney thanks to BookTasters on Twitter, and honestly, I need to thank them for always suggesting such interesting books. They’ve never failed me until now.

If you’ve ever wanted to view life from a rat’s perspective, you’re in the right place. Nathaniel's Got the Blues is a unique and inspirational story where the author used anthropomorphism to a rat, our titular character Nathaniel, who is unhappy, finding his
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Joshua Fitzgerald
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was easily the best of the Booktasters books I have read so far. Sophisticated writing, elegantly crafted characters and deeply affecting themes, I was entranced by this story. Ostensibly, this is a book geared at young readers, with anthropomorized rats at the center of the story, but the themes of Nathaniel's Got The Blues are relatable on multiple levels. This truly does not feel like a children's or young adult book in any way. It is more in line with an animal story like Watership Down ...more
Nisa
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
" live my life, engage with it, and I will learn the lessons that life wants me to learn"

" Engage and extract "

" It is your beliefs that are distressing you. You cling to your regrets the way that trap clings to you "

Some meaningful words I love from the old wise possum, Mr Leach to the old rat Nathaniel who felt his life rather depressing and useless by times. He met Wendel, a small mouse in a horrible event and that brought differences in Nathaniel's life.

I totally love this. It's like those
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Guddi
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it

I was captivated by this book throughout my whole reading .I completed it at a one go and without too much effort , the way the author has used a poetry to tell us a story .This story reflects a real life implications of a complex life outlook of a person .It was relentless curiosity that led to new insights and stimulation.life is filled with conflicting emotions.Its very important to understand that we can assists , guide or escort someone in his journey.Dont become self - obsessed or give sel
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Londeka Nele  Shabangu
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Sometimes you just need to get up and go"

Nathaniel's got the blues is a unique well written short story. It's written from the perspective of a rat who is unhappy with his life. I'm in love with how well written it is because that makes it easier for the reader to keep turning pages.

It's an inspirational read with many moral lessons there and there which leaves the reader in awe of the authors story line. This lovely read has taught me it's never actually too late for change nor is it too late
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Bellis
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to BookTasters and the author for the e-book in exchange for an honest review.

"Sometimes you just need to get up and go. Maybe it is hard, but you do it for the sake of the future."

Nathaniel's Got the Blues tells the adventure of Nathaniel, an unhappy old rat, finding its purpose in his boring, static life. This book is a quick, fun read and packed with life lessons. The story is full of action and flows with ease, making this book a page-turner. The characters are very different from one
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Abbie Reay
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5
Nathaniel is an old rat, who is feeling very blue about his life and the little accomplishments he has made in it. Urged to ‘engage and extract’ he comes across a colony of mice. At first he thinks this is his time to take charge and become a leader but he soon realises, that this is not his time to lead.

It shows a lot of lessons about how it’s never too late to change, do things or help with the world around you. Things you want to learn in life must be from your own experience and it may t
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Bookish Sophia
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nathaniel is an old rat who suffers from a chronic thinking that his life has no meaning anymore.

Everyday he wakes up, he ponders why he feels a certain way. Was it melancholy? Or was he feeling blue? Nathaniel needed answers to why he was feeling down lately.

He was in search of an adventure. He missed his younger life of exploration.
He becomes engrossed with his blue feelings and decides to go out for a walk.

He meets his friend who shares with him a cryptic truth.
Now, Nathaniel is forced to de
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Kez Booth
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful short story written from the perspective of a rat. Nathaniel is bored and unhappy with his life. The story takes him on a journey of discovery and reflection that provides many moral lessons for readers to take in even after the book has ended. This is an inspirational story that allows you to views things from the perspective of, and sympathize with, a rodent. Overall it is very well written, flows really well and is easy to read. Highly recommended.
Solafa Khaled
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I am not a native, so it was a little bit hard for me reading this book. Still I enjoyed the story so much and couldn’t sleep for 3 days just to know how old Nathaniel is going to get out of his sorrow. Actually I also enjoyed the diversity in vocabulary, learned many words which I am thankful for. Now I am excited to read more from this writer David👍🏻👍🏻
Nela
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This inspirational story is aimed at young people, but we can all take advantage of the wonderful life lessons from “Nathaniel's Got the Blues” by David L. Heaney.

Nathaniel, a character from author´s first book, is a rat. In that book he has learned how to live a good life, given the fact that life does not go on forever. Now that years have passed, in this read, he is challenged to extract the meaning from his experience: “The lessons your life wants to teach you must be extracted, mined, extr
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Evelyn
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nathaniel’s Got the Blues is written by David L. Heaney, a fantastic author.
It is an action-packed, fun and fast-paced novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat with excitement. I absolutely loved the writing school of David, and the manner he brings a bucket load of emotions along with it.
The characters are surprisingly memorable, especially Nathaniel, an egocentric rat who is aging. While he lives his last years, he starts asking some philosophical questions and he falls into a seve
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Liz
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! Mr. Nathaniel is a rat, who is now old and depressed. Nathaniel is very complaining and has little interest in things, on the contrary his wife, Birgit, is sweet and patient and she always tries to put a good vibe on things. One day, he meets his friend, Mr. Leach, an old possum, and from that moment on everything changes. On his journey he learned more about himself than those whom he engages.

“Nathaniel's Got the Blues” was written by David L. Heaney. This book surpassed
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Sol Tyty
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Nathaniel's Got the Blues is an inspirational fictional
story about a fruit rat whose life changes when, almost at the end of its life, starts thinking whether living is worth it anymore or not. Even though Nathaniel is sad and depressed throughout the story, it is a well-crafted and strong character who would teach lessons to readers and would leave them thinking and asking themselves philosophical questions when they get to the last chapter.
The tale is well-written, easy to follow along and d
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Ivana S.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! This is an inspiring story. I really enjoy when I read a book and makes me wonder if I’m living the life that I want or if I need to change some aspects of it. It is the case of this novel: “Nathaniel's Got the Blues” which was written by David L. Heaney. This fiction story is written for a general audience; in fact, everyone will find something to appreciate.

The book tells the story of Nathaniel, a fruit rat who is depressed and in crisis. But through his adventures, he w
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Alfredo R
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tale teenagers should not miss
Nathaniel’s Got the Blues is a book that changed my perspective about texts that are meant to be read by teenagers.
When this story first came across my path, I thought it was intended to be a children’s book, with nursery rhymes and similar content. However, when I started reading it, I soon realised it’s a gorgeous story with delicate topics.
The writer of this book, whose name is David L. Heaney, definitely knows how to reach the heart and minds of people at suc
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Celeste
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Nathaniel’s Got the Blues” written by David L. Heaney is a beautiful book that will captivate young and old alike. It tells the story of Nathaniel, a fruit rat, that has become more and more bitter and grumpy as the years go by. Fortunately, inspired by a friend, he embarks on a journey to explore the world and rediscover the beauty of life. Through his encounters with different charming and memorable characters, he will learn important and valuable life lessons.
The characters are believable an
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Brenda
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nathaniel is a well lived rat questioning himself “what now?” He is going through an existential crisis. The author did a magnificent job building the moral of the story through a rat’s life, portraying his feelings. Although this book isn’t meant for adults, everyone can take advantage from the lesson it gives.

I like the style David L. Heaney has in this book; the descriptions are very colorful and well developed. It’s a fast-paced reading with a lot of good ups in the story leaving us from ti
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Pearl
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A simply well-written story that captured my attention. I found Nathaniel's Got the Blues by David L. Heaney unique in its own way. The storyline was well-crafted and well-thought out. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to like this book because it was difficult for me to like the hero Nathaniel. I didn't quite connect to his character, not because of his depressive thoughts but because I thought he is the kind of character that is unedeemable. But I was wrong because his character developmen ...more
Hassan Tahir
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of this book via BookTasters on Twitter in exchange for an honest review. I chose this out of the list of books offered, because the story of an ageing rat going through an existential crisis intrigued me immediately.

Review:
I've always maintained that books call out to you/find you exactly when you need them. Reading 'Nathaniel's Got the Blues' during the month that the pandemic blues really got to me was quite a journey. I've been thinking about my own life, the d
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Heni Mujaa
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
i got the free copy of the book, thanks to booktaster's recommendation. i feel sorry because i've been struggling personally and i'm on a verge of mental breakdown in daily basis, so i could not read the book as soon as possible.

most of the books i've read for free and in exchange for my honest review were almost always stuck in the 'enough' state. i mean, it's like they really want us to do the editing or something like that. but this one is different. it's like reading the real book. the publi
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asya svnr
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
if i were to sum up the book in a sentence: a cool breeze on a summer noon kind of pleasantness with a dash of existentialism. loved the work by Mr. David Heaney. loved mr leach’s character a wise old possum with a lot to offer spiritually in a rather absurd manner. except all the great talks are indeed draining yet so powerful in retrospect. I have two words for you: engage and extract .
the relationship between Nathaniel and wendel hit close to my heart. Supposedly enemies Nathaniel and Wendel
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Terrytracy Watts
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This’ll make you think about your life. What lessons can we learn from our past. In the book “Nathaniels got the Blues “ by David Hearny, a character named Mr. leach gives advise to Nathaniel,who feels like his days are numbered. The advice becomes part of his as he tries to save a colony of mice. The colony must decide what to do after leaders death. Should they leave the only home they have ever known or stay to face a certain death by their non trusting belief. This book made me think about m ...more
francessy
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Received a copy of the book from BookTasters and the author in exchange for an honest review*

"Engage and extract"

Nathaniel's Got The Blues got me pondering about my life's purpose too. His journey in discovering his life's purpose through engaging and extracting from the events that's happening in his life with the help of his friends and family was something to think about.

The author has woven interesting lessons in this book that will surely make the readers think about life afterwards.
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Evie
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Everyone gets the blues. This book tells a day-to-day life story from the perspective of a rat. It also gives a lesson that the solution to our problems could be right under our nose. Engage and extract. Especially for busy people, our minds could be focused on a single thing that we ignore some things around us which could actually lead us to the accomplishment of our goals.

I’m glad Booktasters offered me to read this book. It reminded me to be in the present or the “here and now”. To engage an
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zonk
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Received the free digital copy from BookTasters in exchange of honest review. Now truthfully, the idea of viewing life from rat’s perspective sounds a bit peculiar, but the story is so well-written, I’ve never had a connection to a depressed old rat, but now I do.

It tells the journey of Nathaniel, the rat protagonist, discovering the life of mice colony, while attempting to escape melancholy through “engaging and extracting.” With the wise words of that raggedy old possum, it truly makes one po
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