If you care about our veterans and if you care about animals, you must read this book. I chose to listen to it in audible form, told by Captain Montalvan himself. Would that every wounded soul could have a dog like Tuesday; the world would certainly be a better place.
My overall feeling for this book is bittersweet ...or sweet and sour. The times that Luis is talking about his war experiences, his life after Iraq, and all the political portions are all pretty bitter...for him and the listener too. The times he is talking about Tuesday are all very redemptive and sweet. Both portions are interesting but the experiences with Tuesday are what really keeps you going. It is almost a vicarious experience of the PTSD Luis experiences. You feel like you want to cut your throat at some points in the book and other times you just want to cry and hug Tuesday for being such a great dog. I guess what I am trying to say is that this book will really pull you in to Captan Montalvan's world, both the good and bad. In the end it is a real roller-coaster with the ups and downs but it is definitely a worthwhile journey.
It was disjointed and hard to follow. Jumped around in terms of time frames. I kept waiting for it to end. Never finished it. It became too tedious and repetitious.
The premise of the story is nice. It just went on and on and on saying basically the same thing. I stopped listening a couple hours before it was finished and I never do that.
I was hoping / expecting this to be a great book about a dog trained for therapy and it's helping of a victim of some disabling condition. As the book progressed, I was put off by the author's (a self professed patriot) continual dissing of or government's policies regarding our involvement in the middle east. His putting down of the two Bush administrations and how happy he was that Obama was elected clued me into his program. Leave your political views out of your manuscripts. I don't care how great your book may have turned out. I will never know (or care) because you totally incensed me with your political viewpoint.
Hearing the author read with his careful inflection was wonderful and made it more genuine for me. I learned a great deal on PTSD and the hidden wounds of war. Knowing that working dogs are so highly trained as to monitor respiration sand racy accordingly gave me deeper respect for service dogs and those who train them. Good to hear Tuesday bark his 2 cents worth as well.
I thought this book would be all about the dog. And that's how it started.
However the story would not be complete without the heart rending description of PTSD and it's complicated mental effects.
I now have a clearer understanding of modern warfare. The author tactfully included some political views but did not force any strong opinions. Leaving this reader with much to think about.
Wow, what a great story! This is not just a story about a man and a dog. This is a story about how a dog helped that man get his life back. I listen to a lot of audio books and this was the best one I have listened to in a Ling time. This book will tug on just about every emotion you have.
Having read "Until Tuesday" the paper version a couple of times I was pressed for time and more then that I did not have the energy to read any book. Let alone my favorite book. So I choose Audible and picked the Unabridged Version of "Until Tuesday" as I think this is the only version avaliable on Audilble. Immediately I was taken into the story of this disabled warrior and his loved golden retriever in ways that were new and deeply textured. I experienced such a profound connection to the life of Former Captain Montalvan and his Service Dog Tuesday it was almost as if I had never read the book. When in fact I had studied my orginal copy of "Until Tuesday" with its tattered cover, yellow bleed through the pages highlighter and different color ink pens with notes where I was struck by his experience both in Iraq and back home with Tuesday. New parts of the book emerged for me with Montalvan's voice as in what I would refer to as part of the prelude of the book entitled "Split in Half" or at the end where this Unabridged Version has a special so long so as a spoiler alert I won't give that away. Montalvan's reading of his experience adds so much depth to the story as I wept in many places, laughed whole heartedly in others, and pondered many thoughts along with him as he read such as war, disability, and most importantly love between souls. Now I find myself listening every chance I get to glean what I might from such a warm story.