Despite many other reviewers complaining about aspects of the narrator, I liked the way this book was delivered. He added depth to the characters. In fact he provided enough emotional impact that I had trouble toward the end of the book because it affected me so deeply. Now that I've lost a dog very dear to me, I wonder if I'll be able to listen to this again.
It absolutely evoked strong emotions. That aspect is part of what made me love this book and its delivery. I'm not normally a very emotional person but this book brought them out in me.
There were points in the book that deviated from the "story" giving more research style "data". Some of that was very interesting but it did negatively affect the story line a bit-- but not enough for me not to rate this 5 stars.
I didn't expect what I found in this book. Though I don't particularly like this gutted feeling I have, the story was beautiful, and well written.
I have shed quite a few tears over Merle, and I feel that Ted has given the world a gift, for surely the emotions wrenched out by this book ought to be felt the world over.
So much love and life shared. I'm starting to cry again already.
Don't miss this fantastic tale of love, loss, and a journey to peace.
I would highly recommend this book to all dog owners. I also feel that Lawlor did a great job with the reading. I just purchased the next book Pukka's Promise and I'm looking very forward to listening to it.
A beautiful story about the close relationships between people and and their dogs. I listen to audiobooks on the way to work and found myself crying openly while driving. What makes this book even more special is the history and scientific information interspersed into the personal remembrance of an amazing bond with an incredible dog. This is a must read for all dog lovers. One of my favorites.
As much as I have always loved my dog and thought of him as my partner, I never truly understood the concept of partnership until Kerasote explored freedom through the eyes of Merle. I have listened to this book three times now and I get something more from it each time. I loved that Kerasote included research on dog and animal behavior in a way that I easily understood and adds a great dimension to the story.
Merle was my favorite! Of course...
Oh yes. I fell in love with Merle, head over heels. Kerasote didn't just write a book about a dog, this was a biography of a beautiful soul, and I felt that I came to know him through Kerasote's words. I laughed out loud at Merle's antics and loved his discovering himself. Although I knew before the final chapter that Merle had passed, I still grieved over his loss. Kerasote is correct in saying "too soon gone" but he also has the right idea, to love them with everything we've got while we can.
If you're a dog lover/parent, you've just got to read this book. It's not so much about training or anything, but it'll change the way you think about your dog and how he or she experiences life. If you're not a dog parent (yet?), this book will help you understand the love between a dog and its person. So worth it!! AND his next book Pukka's Promise, is every bit as wonderful, maybe a bit more science-y but very informative about extending the lives of our best friends (and ourselves too really).
Love, love LOVE to read! With books, my dogs and my work, my life is pretty great right now!
I loved this story and found the balance between Merle's biography and research perfect. I learned a lot and it made me question how I am raising my dogs. This is a great book for anyone who has ever loved a dog.
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I don't think I'd have used a credit but as the special of the day, it was great. Nice story, well told and well narrated. You don't have to be a dog nut to enjoy it. Who doesn't like a good dog story?