This story was fun from start to end. This is the tale about the fall and redemption of Adam, a middle aged man, and his adopted rescue dog, where the gimmick is that about 25% of the story is narrated by the dog. I enjoyed both parts equally. The dog is a pit bull and former fighter. The man, Adam, is a wealthy, arrogant, entitled businessman who loses his job, home, and family, and is sentenced by a judge to perform community service at a soup kitchen. The dog, Chance, is his unexpected life saver. Adam's past and present have many interesting story threads, making this an emotional and fast-moving story. My only compliant is that it was so short, and I hated it to end so soon. This is a simple story that tugs at the heart, and totally works. At least it did for me. The reader who does the dog is great. The third person narrator, telling the story from Adam's perspective, is adequate and easy to listen to. I admit that I am a dog person, but the story has so many elements that make it fun beyond the great dog personality. I do not rate many books a 5, but I didn't have to think twice before assigning that top rating to this novel.
Audible has been a friend, a companion, and even a connection with my daughter as the process of physical recovery continues.
This book began so slowly I came close to giving up on it. Adam Marsh's meltdown; the act that sets this whole story in motion was done in slow motion and with more detail than is imparted in The Odyssey. The characters aren't particularly well balanced for the most part; particularly for the first three quarters of the book. What saves this book is Adam's growth of character and the relationship between him and Chance the rescue dog. Well, that and the improvement in the relationship between Adam and his daughter Ariel; both of them growing as people as well as father and daughter. If you're able to get through the first couple of chapters it's a good listen.
I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I laughed, cried and cheered. Absolutely a book I will listen to again. I'll be looking for more by this author.
the Dog- Chance
I owned a Bull Terrior and i could visualize him In his cage, set free, and the rest without giving away the story
It made me cry - I could identify with Adam and visualize the dog. i could feel the way they gelled, I could feel the pain each one experienced - loved it
a must listen to.
I really enjoyed this book because it was very well read.
The story got my attention thanks to the way the characters grow through out the story.
Listening to this book it was almost like watching a movie for me. The performers really nailed the characters and made them alive.
The Good Dog
Say something about yourself!
This book I could not put down. It was so depressing but kept me wanting to listen to more and more. Once Chance and Adam became friends, I was beyond addicted. My heart broke for both their difficult lives and I still can not stop thinking of this book. So well done!
This is a wonderful book about redemption. Adam lost his high power job after he blows up at his secretary. He needs to come to terms with his past. Community service work helps him find his way back.
The good pig
The dogs huddled under the bridge in the snow storm
the dog fighting descriptions made my skin crawl
I am married ( 26 years and counting!), I have two children a boy 16 and a girl 21. I love reading, gardening, knitting, art! People who say they would be bored when they retire just don't know themselves very well! I, on the other hand can't wait to have the time to do more of the things I truly love! Maybe write a book, a dream I have always had of doing!
Anger, struggle, joy
The theme that we all are delt blows, sometimes through our own stupidity; but growth in our soul happens when we least expect it!
I've listened to quite a few audiobooks and I have to say I enjoyed this audiobook so much I had to rate and review it to encourage more people to listen to it. The two narrators really suited there characters.
Thoroughly enjoyable! Fascinating characters! The two narrators acting as Chance, the dog and Adam, his man were outstanding - they added a dimension missing if you only read this novel. I disagree with other commentators who mentioned the savage nature of dog fighting as something to put you off reading this lovely story. Yes, it was sad, but it was real. Just ask Michael Vick!