Heart-warming, philosophical, and charming.
I really love hearing the
The dog. His vocal performance, I felt, even sounded a bit like how I imagine a dog would. To the point, a little stoccato like a bark, and with a sense of awe and wonderment.
Both! I really felt I achieved a new level of understanding by the end. I've adopted much of the underlying philosophies into my own perspective after reading this. I found the main character's view on life, death, and his loyalty to others to be inspiring. This novel is like a great philosophy lesson wrapped in the charming package of a great story. You think you're just hearing a great tale about a dog and his owner, and then realize at the end: you've grown a little as a person.
I chose this book because my mom kept recommending it to me, and I finally gave in. Sooooo glad I did! Can't stop recommending this to everyone I know! It's an easy listen with a great payoff. Wonderful performance and a wonderfully-written piece!!
I really loved this moving, modern and very human story, as told from the perspective of the faithful and very perceptive pooch Enzo; a very wise dog with a scientific knowledge of car racing and action movies, quite philosophic too.
I dont suppose you have to be a dog person to like this book, but I think it is probably far more enjoyable if you are.
What a great take on getting inside the mind of the dog! I just love the creativity and I constantly compare the thoughts from the book to my dog!
My favorite character is the Dog of course...
Never listened to a Welch performance.
It made me laugh a lot and of course it made me cry a little as well!
There are so many good books in the world to read, don't waste time on the crappy ones !
Absolutely, such a joy !!
I lived it !
Enzo ! Such a wise soul !
Oh dear, I miss Enzo !! This book was a joy from the first word to the last !
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I chose it without reading the back. I thought it was going to be a light story about a dog's life but it was intense and sad and dramatic! the story was amazing and intense and you really get attached to the characters because of the way the dog tells his story and they way he feels about them. This was an amazing story but quite the tear-jerker so be warned!
I can't say I didn't enjoy this book, because I did. I also can't say this book was in any way convincing to me as something that is literary, honestly poignant, or deep. I did manage to listen to the whole thing, and actually enjoyed the last third very much, but there were several times I thought I'd quit and use my time to better purpose. I love pets and can be as maudlin as the next guy about their importance in a person's or a family's life, but a genious, psychoanalytical, highly verbal (though silent), reincarnation-obsessed, speed-car racing canine? It was a bit much even for me, who routinely talks to her pets and prays for their longevity. Izo (the dog-protagonist) tells his story in an interesting manner, complete with flashback, poetic licence, imagery, and an otherworldly abundance of imagination. So . . . I guess my final verdict might be that I enjoyed this book, learned very little, but came away emotionally touched, all at the same time.
The story is told from the dog's point of view. This dog knows about relationships and race cars and life. A real philosopher. Makes me want to sit down to discuss the meaning of life with my mutt. Afraid I might not be smart enough tho'.
I didn't think by the description of this book that I would like it. Narrated from a dog's point of view? With heavy doses of racing minitiae thrown in? No thanks.
Now I'm heartily recommending this book to friends. Where I thought the dog's telling would be contrived, this is a dog who is sure his next incarnation will be as a human. His intelligence makes perfect sense. What I was really not prepared for is that this book is a tear jerker.
Also, a spot on performance by the narrator.
touching, comical, thoughtful
Denny because he is an honourable man who does not seek vengeance but faces things head on. He is a loving man - to the end.