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'.
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.
Yes, I really loved this book!
I really loved the relationship that Enzo had with each member of the family but of course the most memorable moments are the beginning when Enzo knows it time to pass and the end of the book when he finally does. The ending was a surprise, because even though it made me cry, it was exactly right.
Denny was a great character, and he told it with the right emotions in his voice!
This book made me laugh and cry, more than once. I fell in love with this book and I ended up listening to it in two sittings. I just had to hear it all that second day. It is a wonderful story!
I had picked this book up over and over at the book store wanting to get it but always changing my mind because I have two senior dogs and I thought it would be too hard to read. When I listened to it I couldn't put it down and the ending was so special. I'm so glad that I got to hear Enzo and Denny's story.
A wonderful and unique perspective of a dog's life. Having my own special, meant to be together, dog best friend I adored and loved this story.
Both the audio and the print version of this story are great. I had my doubts when I first started to read this account - how corny for a dog to be telling the tale. But Enzo is not just any dog and he is a great observer and a great narrator. The voice of the narrator perfectly reflects the characters and the narrative.
Enzo, of course. His philosophies on life are quite insightful.
I loved it when Enzo rode the track as a passenger - his joy and enthusiasm was contagious. Yessir, 2 barks all the way.
Everyone I've talked to who's read the book loved it. The audio version is as good - or better - and I will check out other books by Garth Stein.