I really loved this book. Of course it helps that I am a dog lover and that I love anthropomorphism, but the author also intersperses such philosophy and insight that it is enlightening without being maudlin. I have never been interested in car racing, but the descriptions of the sport in its many nuances gave a layering effect to the theme of the story that not only allowed the listener to understand the sport, but also gave insight as to how it relates to lessons of living. It is a story not only about a great dog, but about a great master. Those of us who love dogs will enjoy the story just on that level, but if you are looking for deeper meaning, about how we should live, and what lessons we should take from our experiences both good and bad, it is all there too. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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I loved this book ~ every single minute of it! Each time I finished listening to a couple chapters I went and hugged my dog! It is so worth the credit to get this book. This has got to be in the top 3 of my favorite listens ~ the narrator was great as well.
Thank you for this book and for "speaking" for our best friends....
This book is a lighter read, it has some nice philosophical insights but is not a thinking, deep book. The characters are ok, and the story of the dog's owner is not the most original. But the book is entertaining and I fairly enjoyed it.
Great book! My husband and I listened to this with our kids (age 10 & 12) on a recent car trip to Tahoe. Everyyone loved it! The canine perspective offers wonderful humor, yet the story is sincere and moving. We highly recommend it!
I really enjoyed this book. Having two dogs of my own I find myself talking to them on a more adult level, just in case they really can understand me.
Great book! Great narration, I never got bored.
I enjoyed listening to this book. It makes me think now that I may actually get to meet my aging dog again as a human. I know she'd be a loud auto mechanic. Now she's a little yappy chihuahua who loves to sniff any and all cars she passes.
A great book for dog lovers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm a voracious reader who unfortunately spends a lot of time on the road. Audiobooks make my life a lot better.
I was intrigued by the description on Audible, i.e., that the story was told from the dog's point of view. I was not, however, prepared for how captivating this point of view was. This author clearly has spent a lot of time interacting with a dog (or many dogs). He seems to grok dog. (google it if necessary).
Pet lovers and expecially dog lovers will greatly enjoy seeing all of life's offerings, the simple joys of it and the tradegies, through a dog's eyes. Hold on to your heart strings and be prepared to smile through your tears. The more out going of us will want to kick the passive backside of the main character into fight-back mode. However, as is often the case, cooler heads prevail in life and in this book. One thing for sure, you will never look at your dog the same way again.
I often try to find books I can share on car trips with my family from my 80 year old mom
to my teen aged kids. This is one of the few that can span the generations with ease. I hesitated buying this as it seemed a little too cute- maybe good for parents or teens but not just a regular pick up and read book. I am so glad I got it and enjoyed it thoroughly. The unique vantage point of being told by a dog who is a the end of his days gives the story a mobility and freshness that allows it to be both sage and full of child-like glee at the simple things in life and the importance of friendship and family. I did literally laugh outloud and cry outloud.
As always I try to listen on the faster speed on my ipod and generally buy abriged where possible. It's a short attention span world you know.