This book was the first one that made me cry in the ladies' room at work while I listened to it. I have had to take the last trip to the vet with 2 of my dogs in the past 3 months, and the way it was described in this book was both sad and comforting. We also have all shelter dogs, and our latest were 1) dumped by the dumpster at the shelter; and 2) found half starved to death by a telephone company worker. So - we not only have real-life examples of the various dogs in the book, but the people as well.
My only warning is that you may not want to listen in the car while you're driving, or if you don't want to be seen weeping in your office.
I love to READ books, but in the case of this book, audio may be better. George Wilson's narration and interpretation of our hero's voice(s) is truly brilliant. This book is deceptively simple -- but not really. The important message about purpose and meaning in life is buried beneath a delightful story written with tenderness and humor by W. Bruce Cameron. This will be one of my all-time favorite books, I am certain. Be prepared to laugh and cry -- but the emotional roller coaster is well worth it.
I loved this book! The concept (a dog who keeps being reincarnated), the character of the dog, the story being told through the dog's voice and perspective, and the narration too. Both touching and hilarious, this is a book I would highly recommend to anyone, but especially to dog lovers. If you are a sensitive soul, you may want to keep a box of tissues handy...having said this, however, this is nowhere near a depressing book, and there are no passages that are highly disturbing for animal lovers (some aspects of the story are a bit heart wrenching though, so be warned...tissues people!). All in all, I am so glad that I picked this book! You will be too.
This is probably a very good book, but I could not get beyond the first few chapters. If you are a dog lover, it is painful to listen to; the first part I was able to deal with,even though it made me cry. However, during the second section, when a kid who tortures animals gets the puppy into his room, I decided that I could give myself permission to stop listening. It was just too anxiety producing for me.
I loved The Art of Racing in The Rain, so thought I would give this book a try after reading other reviews. At first I was a little underwhelmed and thought that the story was just cute, but once the book moved on to incarnations involving more human interaction I really enjoyed the book.
A lovely story that those with loved dogs of their own can imagine, perhaps, being possible!
I wondered if this was a children's book at first, until the story brought in some dark elements. To enjoy it, you really do have to give up your inner critic. For instance, the dog protagonist repeats entire human conversations as a means of furthering the plot, while claiming to understand only phrases like "Good dog!" "walk," and his own name. Nonetheless, the book held my interest, and I teared up at the appropriate places, even though I could see them coming a mile off. It helps if you really, really love dogs. The narration was excellent.
I listen to books in my car, and it is a rare one that has me driving around the block because I don't want to stop listening. This was certainly one of them. A wonderful story, and the subtle imagined insights into a dog's mind were clever and thought provoking. No wonder my dogs wag extra hard when I call them "good dogs". There were times I certainly had to pull over because of tears in my eyes, but when I finally did get home it was with just a little extra love and appreciation for my own canine friends. A super book, even if you're not a dog person.
I never write reviews, but this book deserves it - it was a great listen. I listened to this book in my car and it made me laugh and cry (good cry). You can really imagine how the dog is thinking and it makes you think how you talk and interact with your own dog.
It's a must listen for any dog owner or animal lover!!!
Never got to go to a library until the age of 8 ! Since then I have become a book addict. History, biography and fiction all thrill me.
I thought this would be sappie but discovered a well crafted book. I'm a dog lover and owner so I'm not an impatial judge, my dogs have always been a major part of my life, but this book was interesting with very good plot develipment. The majority of the time I was smiling but there was a need for tear wipping so be prepared.
If you are a dog and maybe even a cat person you will like this book. It is so interesting coming from the dogs point of view. Not only that, but it has made me appreciate my dogs even more than I already do. It made me laugh, and cry. It kind of has a slow start but its worth it to keep reading.The writer really does a remarkable job of wrapping you into the characters, that you can feel as if you are there. It also makes me think about dogs having past lives as well. Give it a listen.