This is a troubling investigation into Michael Vick's dog-fighting operation. It will be of interest to dog lovers, sports fans interested in context will be informed, and people looking for an engaging story will not be disappointed. It is true crime "tail" with a twist. The last part of the book details what happened to each and every dog. This is the heart warming part. The stories of the the personal sacrifices that individuals made to rescue and rehabilitate these dogs is remarkable. Well written by Jim Gorant and expertly read by Paul Garcia. This is a jewel of a little book.
While the story itself is an important one, the book was a frustration to listen to. It was an act of patience to tease out the facts from all the sentimental anthropomorphizing. We DO NOT 'know' what the dogs were thinking, wishing, remembering; we can only use our intelligence and compassion to develop a useful understanding of their behaviors and needs. Another source of irritation was the narrator, who articulated the text as though he were recording it for a class of foreign language students just learning English. These complaints aside, I did listen to the end, because, again, this is an important and mostly inspiring story.
Jim Gorant is a skilled writer who brings this story to heart. With such writing the listener can not only see but feel the emotions of the little red dog. The researched information adds integrity to the story- educating as well as entertaining. Unfortunately, it is a very sad story for dog lovers such as my husband and myself- and we did not complete the audio story. Garcia did a wonderful job of narration and was easy to listen to.
I really enjoyed this book. It???s amazing that a creature could endure
what these dogs went through and end up stable but many did.
Seems to me the only truly vicious beast here is Michael Vick himself.
I highly recommend this book.
I'm not sure what I expected, but I found this book to be cloyingly sentimental and saccharine. Though certainly ugly in parts it still managed to be continuously and relentlessly sweet -- pitting flawless, angelic rescurers, fighting impossible odds against pure, totally perfect, irredeemable badness. Probably that says something more about me than about the book, but I just found it only vaguely interesting and predictable. My bias is toward books -- fiction or non-fiction -- about imperfect people, with all their flaws, that struggle and in the end become somewhat better. Mind you if you are looking for a basically uplifting, hopeful book then you'll probably really enjoy this.