I enjoyed the book much more than I expected as it's not my usual type of read. The narrator was very well suited to the story. I enjoyed how it was told from the dog's point of view. I know the author is just creating what he thinks a dog is thinking, but it was believable to the point where I started looking at my dog and wondering about what is going on in her doggy-brain. I generally avoid books where I think the ending will be sad and so have a tendency to avoid animal books because the ends usually are. This one wasn't bad for weepy-endings (good to know if you listen to audiobooks on public transit, etc.) It's more of a feel-good animal book, in my opinion. I ended up buying a paper copy of the book for my mother for Christmas and two of my coworkers also bought it for family members after I was telling them about it, so I hope everyone likes it as much as I did. It's a feel good story for anyone who likes dogs and the audio version has the added bonus of a great narrator.
I never ever cry at books. This one had me sitting, listening, with big fat tears rolling down my face. Both sad and joyous. A beautiful book.
I absolutely LOVED this book. I listened to it at work and stayed late several nights so I could hear more of it. This is one of my all time favorites and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Actually, I've already been doing that.
I really enjoyed reading this book written from the dog's point of view and found the reincarnation theme intriguing. As a dog lover I just loved the story and the description of a dog's thinking (or how we imagine a dog might be thinking). The only reason I didn't give it a 5 was the statement in the end about how the human has a more important role to play which I found to be a strange statement. But all in all an enjoyable listening and the reader did a great job.
I love reading books about dogs. Until now I didn't realize I also thoroughly enjoy being read to by a "dog". The story was so thought-provoking and well written, that I wanted more. It gave me a new perspective as to how dogs think and feel. And being a dog lover, I truly believe dogs have emotions we are just now starting to understand. A great listen for anyone who loves animals.
I have two dogs so I am predjudiced toward liking books about dogs. This was a feel good book. The reason I only gave 4 overall stars is that I had just read a number of books about dogs and tired of the subject.. This is of no fault of this book itself and I would highly recommend it. I really liked the performance.
... or anyone who has ever looked at a pet and wondered "What is that dog thinking??" I found myself telling my two huskies "You're a good dog" over and over!
Because I have owned dogs of these breeds, it was clear to me that the author really understood the differences in dogdom. My German Shepherd was a search and rescue dog like the one in this book, and could have been the full-on model for the voice in this dog. It made me miss my dearly departed dog, but it also made me marvel at how accurately depicted these animals were.
The deaths brought tears of course but so did the amazing ending. Not to give it away, but the books just gets better and better as it goes. I could have listened for another 12 hours.
George Wilson was fabulous. You really felt like the dog was talking. Never overdone, with just enough enthusiasm to be a golden, and just enough seriousness for a German Sheperd.
THe book made me both laugh and cry. A great read! Worth every star.
This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. I loved the way I was able to see the world through dogs eyes. It made me laugh, smile and even get teary eyed. I definately recommend it.