This book is terribly written - it is so bland, so lifeless, so lacking in nuance and emotion it is truly painful to listen to. Add to that the author's monotone and it made even the shortest drive to the market seem like a cross country haul. The subject matter is sweet, and being a dog lover and owner I have read MANY dog stories. But this one lacks all but the facts. I think the author should stick to reporting the news and not his personal life. If you want to read an amazing dog book try: A Dog Year, Colter, A Rough Shooting Dog, A Pack of Two or 50 Acres and a Poodle. These all have the same 'time spent with dog and trevails resulting from such' theme, but are written with passion and life, This book feels like a chew toy that lost its squeak.
After Marley dies, John Grogen (a newspaper columnist) states "I wanted to write a farewell column to Marley, but I was afraid that all of my emotion would pour out in a gushy, maudlin piece of self-indulgence that would only humiliate me". So instead he decides to dedicate a whole book to it? This is not a book about Marley or the trials, tribulations and benefits of dog ownership, it is Grogen's autobiography for the 13 years he happened to own a dog.
It is not insightful, it is painful. I know far more than I care to about the Grogan family. I really don't care that you waited in the car while Jenny bought the home pregnancy kit because "there are some things guys just aren't meant to shop for". Grow up!
I have never been so let down by a book. I expected a story that made me consider how pet ownership might give me a new outlook on everyday problems. I got a story about about a very average man's life.
The only thing worse than reading this, is listening to Grogen's whiney, pitchy voice.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
In the great cats vs. dogs debate, I am most definitely a 'dog person' - and so couldn't resist Marley and Me when it first came out. It's a sweet story (and yes, I cried), but it suffers from Grogan's narration, which tends to drone on.
This was a very sweet story. Having loved and lost a wonderful Yellow Lab who shared Marley's enthusiasm for life, I was especially engaged throughout.
This is a lovely and moving story. I love the books that are read by the author and this is a classic. If you have ever loved a dog this book is a must. Enjoy.
As a lover of all things that are furry and four-footed, I am drawn to stories about the animals in our lives. This story satisfied everything I'm looking for in a critter-tale: It reminds us of the best of what it means to be human through the lens of our interactions with beasts.
This one's a great listen for the road--maybe for a family vacation.
"Marley and Me" is a must-listen for anyone who loves dogs.
I am a dog lover. I don't deny it and it is hard for me to dislike any story about a dog. Marley is a loving goof and I enjoyed his escapades as I could relate to several. However, I felt I would have enjoyed it much more if perhaps John Grogan had chosen not to narrate it. I wish I had read it, rather than listened to it. The story is great, if you love dogs, although there are no surprises, but the narration left me a little cold.
couldn't seem to get past the narrator's voice. There was no real connection between his voice and the words. I would though recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a truly lovable, down to earth story.