I loved this book, I don't have a dog, and wasn't sure how much i would enjoy this book. However, i went with the great ratings and found it absolutely delightful! an entertaining read , that engages you from the start. Plus the narrator does a great job of reading the dogs voice.
I am a huge fan of dog books and, after reading the superlative print reviews and enticing ads, I was thrilled to see this book available on audible.com. Unfortunately, after the first story about the feral puppy, Toby, the book became very predictable. I made it through Bailey, but I gave up with whatever dog it was that was left to its own devices in the apartment. It's too bad because the subject -- a dog's purpose -- could have made for some wonderful and insightful writing, like Merle's Door.
I felt obligated to post a review since I purchased it based on its 5 star sweep. I love dogs and dog books (Merle's Door, Through a Dog's Eyes, etc.). This book fell short in so many ways. I found the stories predictable. The dog and people characters stereotypical. And the narration (although the narrator's voice is fine) cliche. For example, the dog character goes through detail to explain things like snow, humans, etc., but then mentions things like sidewalks, sleds without having to describe them in excrutiating detail. I know that it would make for a boring book, but the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn do it so much better that it makes this book seem like it was written by a sixth grader. Which by the way, this book might be very suitable for kids, but then there's the horrible neighbor kid (who is such a rip-off of the neighbor kid for Disney's Toy Story movie, right down to the little sister).
I won't go on and on because it's obvious that some people love this book, but I don't think it's for everyone who likes dogs and dog books.
a great read for any animal lover and especially if you're a dog lover. you may shed a tear or two but the story will uplift your spirit and warm your heart.
I felt like a kid while curled up on the couch listening to these stories, and loved every minute of it. The narrator has a fantastic voice and style.
This book is clever and funny! I really LOVED it. A great "feel good" book and a must read for dog lovers!
I turned it off right away. This is probably a good book for certain readers but my bad on spending a credit on it. Lesson learned
Smiles and tears throughout this enjoyable listen. The author ties up all the loose ends, but one. (spoiler alert: what happened to the cretin who crippled his "boy"?)
A great gift for any animal lover with an audio device.
A warm, wonderful story that speaks to the heart of all of us owned by our dogs.
If there was a word for page-turner applied to audios, I'd use it here for this audiobook.
A dog's purpose was a lot like reading a series of short anecdotes in Readers Digest as written by a personified dog. It was cute and relatable and anyone with a dog at some point in their life will recognize every moment as one they shared with their dog. The twist in the story adds a bit of interest for awhile.
Overall, it reminded me of being curled up on the floor being read to by my elementary school teacher and of what it might be like to sip an entire container of maple syrup.
There isn't a lot of depth but it obviously fills some sort of need for people based on the glowing reviews. I found it pretty flat and requiring no effort on the part of the reader -- which is good if that is what you're looking for.