Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
The one bad thing about this book is that I had to listen to all of Part 2 on my computer since the file would not play on my iPod. Audible and the publisher are still working out the bugs as I type this. Beyond that inconvenience, this book will mist up the eyes of anyone who has ever owned a dog. The sad moments were looped by the moments that are sure to bring tears of joy to the eyes of dog lovers everywhere. If you have ever loved a dog and/or were loved by a dog, listen to this book. You won't be sorry. Enough said.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I chose this title partly because of the reviews and partly because of the new puppy in our home. I found the story unexpectedly charming, in large part because of the quality of the narration. George Wilson's ability to infuse character to the dog's point of view allowed me to buy into the premise of Bailey telling his own story. It brought to mind the naive eagerness that made Dug, the dog in the movie UP, so appealing, but avoided the sense of a cartoon characterization. Over the week or so that I listened, I found myself wondering what our new puppy Charlie thinks about us, especially as we try to house train him and teach him some basic tricks.
Beyond the amusing observations of humans from the canine point of view, Bailey's quest to understand his purpose in life and his recognitiopn that lessons learned in one context can have surprising relevance not only in another context, but even in another life experience, offers a simple wisdom that we as humans can learn from. It is a celebration of loyalty, doing your job and enjoying life in the moment.
I thought I wouldn't like this audio book, and during the 1st few chapters, I almost stopped listening, but I am so glad I didn't! This has to be one of my favorite books that I've listened to this past year (my all-time surprise favorite still is the "the Help". It is definitely, a feel-good and good-cry book for anyone who has ever loved "man's best friend."
If you are a fan of The Art of Racing in the Rain, or Marley and Me, or any of the other "dog" books, this one will surely be worth your credit to listen to. I loaded it on to my ipod and hit the road for a 4 hr drive for business and it was a great listen. I couldn't wait to get done with my business meetings and hit the road home for another 4 hour session of A Dog's Purpose. The book is written from a dog's point of view. The story brings into focus what is important to dogs, and a refreshing look at how a dog sees our daily life. Everything boils down to "good dog", "treats" "go for a ride" and "our dogs dedication to us". Touching, quick moving, and moments of sadness followed by moments that make you smile. If you own a dog and ever wonder what they may be thinking, you need to read the book or listen to this story. If I could have given it more stars I would have! Great read, great story, unique take on a dogs life and their special purpose. If you have owned more than one dog, you can always look back to "The Dog" in your life. Not that you don't like your current/prior dogs, but you had ONE DOG who was the ONE. Well this book will give you a new perspective on why he/she may have been your ONE DOG! Dog's may also have that ONE PERSON, that they thought were "THE ONE" Great Listen!
Listen to it, you won't be disappointed. I have over 200 books in my audible library and this is a top 10!
This book is well written, attention getting AND keeping. The author makes one think perhaps these are things that dogs actually might think. The author is quite familiar with dogs, their behavior, habits and instincts. I totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Lots of tears and lots and lots of laughter throughout. I found myself sighing with contentment with the last sentences. Good Job!!! Everyone!!!
After seeing great reviews I chose this book, but honestly couldn't wait for it to be over. Found it to be a little predictable and just not compelling for me at all. I love dogs, but just couldn't get into this one. And the narration was slightly annoying for me as we'll. Too slow (probably because I wanted to get done already).
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
This isn't a spoiler, it's known to everybody who has loved and been loved by a dog. A dog's purpose is to save people. I loved this book.
Toby/Bailey/Ellie/Buddy are incredible dogs. Each time the dog returns, he/she learns lessons from the last life. The book has humor and is touching. If you have had close relationship with one or multiple dogs, be prepared to be hit emotionally. I got seriously verklempt several times.
Dogs are such a blessing in our lives - may we be the same with them.
We had just lost our 12 year old dog to cancer, although it may have been too soon for me to listen to, and it was tough. I think it helped me and I learned alot about things from a "dogs perspective"
I, too, feel taken in by the many 5 star rave reviews. I'm a self-described crazy dog lady and I once actually had a beloved golden retriever named Bailey, so I was fully prepared to love this book. It was just mediocre. It wasn't particularly funny, or exciting, or touching, or much of anything except overly long. The characters were uninteresting cardboard people, the plot developments predictable, and the story dragged on far too long. No tired cliche of dog behavior (loves car rides, hates cats, protects the house, chews shoes etc.) was missed in the telling of this story. I gave it 3 stars as literary junk food. It's a sweet empty nothing of a book, but hardly the clever insight into canine-human relationships it was purported to be.
I'm buying it for everyone I know who loves dogs. It is a roller coaster of emotions but well worth the ride. No sooner do you laugh then you cry then you laugh.