The reading was great and I would like to believe the story.
I can't give my favorite character, as it would give away the story line.
The way the characters intermingled with each other, again, I don't want to give away the story line.
Too funny, I don't usually take a dog out to dinner.
I enjoyed the audio version because I don't have time to read and have wanted to 'read' this book since it came out. With the audio version, I have been able to 'read' it 4 times already in the past month!
I love the way things are described by the dog - I never gave it much thought that they don't really understand why we do certain things. This book made me laugh and cry. It reminded me of dogs I've had in my life and made me smile - with tears in my eyes.
Mr. Wilson has an awesome 'acting' voice - he gives the different characters different voices and helps the listener feel the mood/personality of each character.
Every time the dog died, I cried - quietly, to myself. I have had dogs all my life and have, of course, experienced their deaths. It was comforting to me to think my dogs knew I was there with them and that it perhaps really did matter to them to have someone they loved nearby. And then to think that maybe - just maybe - they have gone on to love someone else with the lessons they learned from their life with me. And then to think that maybe - just maybe - I have been blessed with having their soul again in another dog that I have loved.
This is the BEST BOOK EVER!!! (Second only to the Bible!) It is a MUST READ (or LISTEN) for all dog lovers AND those who don't understand dog lovers!
Excellent narration of a novel written especially for dog lovers. I found myself interacting with my dogs at a new level after I finished this book. I laughed, cried, and everything in between. I seriously couldn't stop listening!
It goes hand-in-hand with its sequel, A Dog's Journey.
"You'll never look at your dog in the same way!"
Crazy Dog Lady
As a dog lover, I enjoy reading books about dogs. This one, told from the dog's point of view was riveting! I could not turn it off! It was incredibly interesting to consider lives from the dog's point of view, and the book made me both laugh and cry at times. I highly recommend this book to dog lovers!
I had to keep reminding myself that this was written from a dog's perspective which was enlightening. The injustices that a human would rail against, a dog does not. The pleasures that enthrall a dog go unnoticed by humans much of the time. So I had to remind myself that the story WAS believable from the dog's unconditionally loving perspective. It sort of confirmed for me that dogs are far superior to humans in all respects and deserve the love and admiration that I have felt for them since being a tiny child. I liked that the author did not drag out or milk the suffering that comes when we lose our furry friends. Loving and being loved comes with a reward and a price and is all just part of life, not some unbearably dismal circumstance. I was sorry when it came to the end and missed hearing about the dog's next experience. Nice read. Uplifting.
I'm not even a dog lover and I found this book totally delightful, charming and absorbing. Loved the author's efforts to get into a dog's head and the underlying messages about purpose and fate. After a couple of bombs, great to find a book that was captivating and well read. Highly recommended.
I am a lifelong reader and I enjoy many types of books. My favorites are romance, historical fiction, and a little sci-fi thrown in.
I'm not sure. I've listened to many.
The dog, of course!
I think I would be giving something away if I tell my favorite scene.
There were several. This was an emotional ride.
Yes, even if they weren't dog lovers but especially if they were.
Hearing if from a dog's perspective
Bailey's death hit a bit too close to home as I lost one of my dogs in a similar fashion several years ago.
I could listen to this one again and again.
If you have loved and/or been loved by an animal, this book is a MUST read! The story flows with imagination and the narrator is superb. I loved this book and listened to it on a car trip in one day.
Everyone has their own "Bailey" and every dog should be a front seat dog!
I loved the book. The narrator spoke as if he were reading to elementary school kids sitting on a rug. Ruined it. The book is too meaningful to be cutsie. Interestingly enough, in the second book, A Dog's Journey, same narrator- fantastic job. Could definitely listen again to Purpose for the story- but narration would make it painful.