Disclaimer: I am a total sucker for dogs and stories about them. I can maintain my composure in a movie when a person dies, but never when a dog does. Unless you share this mindset, this book may not be for you. But if you love dogs, you'll love this story. I highly recommend the narrator, George K. Wilson, who somehow sounds exactly as a dog should. The book got me 1) even more tuned in than before to my dog's point of view and 2) panting (ok, bad pun) to read the second book in the series, A Dog's Journey. I will admit that the story is a little bit Disney-esque, in that almost everything turns out fairly well, and some people are a bit too good to be true, but hey, I like my dog books happy. Enjoy, fellow dog fans
You almost thought the dog was talking and telling the story.
It was sad in parts but got over it so fast you were on to another
Bailey and the boy....it was beautiful and made you believe that dogs do have great ideas.
you thought it was the dog telling the story.
most of it. He brought out all the different parts of dog ownership. dog horders, childreds dogs, people that don't deserve dogs, search and rescue dogs.
any animal person would love this.
If you liked Marley and Me you are going to love this book. I didn't know what to expect when my wife suggested it and when it started I was afraid it was going to be corny. Then.. as I listed I realized that this was so much about a real dog and what many go through that as he/she moved on, it changed my whole viewpoint of a dogs life, action and purpose.
Now, when I see a dog, young and old, I think of this book. To me, this is required reading/listening for every dog owner.
Oh... you'll need to get out the tissue.. its enough to bring a big man to tears at times.
I did not read the print version.
I would say it is similar to 'Marley & Me'.
When she was Ella, the K9 dog.
I would take out the senior, older Ethan because I would like to know how he felt about Bailey and how Bailey made an impact on his life, prior to dying.
I also think the narrator, George Wilson, did a great job. He made me believe the characters through his voice.
This book is right on top of my list of favorites I have listened to, I almost imagine I wouldn't have loved it as much if I read it.
No, I haven't but if I have a chance I sure will.
When I was done with this audiobook, I wanted more, I couldn't stop telling everyone about it, dog lover or not, I think everyone would love it as much as I did.
I'm still in aww of the story.
He thinks this?
Other books that come from a dogs view, "Racing in the Rain", "Marley and Me", "The story of Edgar Sawtelle"
I went into this with fear of having to face the dogs eventual death. why? I have lost one dog in the past 6 months an have another very old dog and surmised this would happen and probably feared it?? So I could not enjoy the book. It is not usually me so can't understand my reluctance.
My wife and I love dog characters. This book was far too simplistic, basically written at the level of a dog. A pragmatic exploration of, for example, why the dog barks.
We loved Susan Wilson's "One Good Dog" and "The Dog Who Danced" or Kevin Hearne's Oberon in the Iron Druid Series. A Dog's Purpose was absolutely not for this human!
I don't know if I could. It was an amazing book but I don't think my heart could take it again.
If dogs could write I truly believe that this is how they would do it.
He was perfect. His expression and tone reminded my of my dog exactly.
I have never come close to crying in a movie but when baily died I started to cry driving home.
I accidentally listened to the sequel to this one (A Dog's Journey) first but enjoyed both books--even in the wrong order. I am an avid reader but believe the audio book made the book more alive. I recommend both of them to folks who love those smiling, waggy tailed family members.
There are too many dog names to remember..
There were tears followed by smiles and laughter.
I laughed. I cried. No, really. I did. What a great book. I love, love, loved this book. Did I mention I loved this book?
This is a story of a dog's journey to figure out his purpose. Every time he thinks he has it figured out, something changes. It is definitely a book written by a dog lover for fellow dog lovers. Cameron captures the essence of those wonderful creatures who have chosen to become our companions, regardless and in spite of our imperfections.
I listed to this audio book and the narrator, George K. Wilson, does a wonderful job. Not only does he differenciate the different characters, but he manages to instill the right tone and emotion into the words of the author. He even manages to make you realize that Ethan has grown up and/or aged simply by his voice.
I can not say enough about this book. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who has ever shared their life with a dog. This book should not be missed!!!