This is an excellent book, and one I'm recommending to all of my friends. It kept me enthralled from beginning to end, just as much or even more than some of the fiction books I've listened to.
I like Mr. Montalvan's writing very much, and he read his own book well. The fact that he read it himself gave it more weight in my mind, and I felt the love he has for Tuesday even more. His open honesty about his personal situation was moving.
I was in tears at the end, when Tuesday received a diploma along with Mr. Montalvan.
I finished the book and almost wanted to start all over again!
I have only heard the audio edition of 'Until Tuesday'. However, Capt. Montalvan voice gives a very human relationship to his and Tuesday's story.
Capt. Montalvan was my favorite character. He is the real person in the story, the one who was a true American soilder and who was brave and strong while in harms way in the mid east. He is the one who was injured and suffered the horrible affects of Post Tramatic Stress Syndrome (PTSS), and had to fight his way out of it. Luckily he was able to get into a program that allowed him to be paired with a Service Dog. He is the one who had to do the work and in doing that has helped other service men and women work their way out of PTSS and find that special relationship with a Service Dog.
My favorite scene in this book was when Capt. Montalvan and Tuesday met and began their relationship.
Yes, and I did it twice.
I feel that every American citizen should read this book. Not only will it show how service dogs are bred and trained, what they may have to go through before they find a good match with a person, but it also shows the heart of a true American Service man who was brave in a horrible conflict and was injured and how he fought to overcome the stresses of PTSS. With this first hand version of what this is and how it affects our service men and women, it also shows what a Service Dog can do to help those service men and women develop a new life and go forward. Thank you Capt. Montalvan for sharing your and Tuesday's story. Please accept my apology and I hope the apology of our country for what you were forced to go through. God bless you and Tuesday.
Until Tuesday is one of the best books I've listened to.
Listening to Luis tell his story makes the story more real because you know it's all true.
I was only two chapters into the book, and I was already recommending this book to others!
Grandma bibliophile! Audible books make reading with an active life possible.
I got this book, one - because I love animals, two - because my uncle is a disabled vet with a service dog, and three - it's a book. Now, I absolutely love and adore my uncles service dogs, we were devastated when Marty, his first service dog died and love Toby to death, dog number two, and my aunt adopted Sophie, a flunky. She's still brilliant, but just wasn't good enough, and makes my dogs look like tree stumps in the intelligence department.
They help him get dressed, open doors, pick things up, when he was hurt once Martin rode in the ambulance, it was all they could do to get him off so they could work on him. It was winter and he kept him warm. The bond is beyond just pet, I've seen in person the prejudice against against the disabled and my uncle has had to show shop owners a copy of the law that allows people with working dogs to have their dogs with them at ALL times.
That being said, to the book, the story was very good, it's very hard for vets to express what's happened to them. I'm proud of Mr Montalvan for sharing his story, and Tuesday's. They are so meant for each other, and I'm so glad that they were teamed up. The healing process mentally with a service dog is amazing. I've seen that myself with my uncle, he doesn't even get bent at the stores and restaraunt's while I STILL DO! This story explains so much and the story needs to be told, and more people need to be aware. I wanted to hit the bus driver, you'll get there, and I get so frustrated with the way our government treats our vets. Slowly but surely, maybe things will change, but when we can provide these animals to the people who need them it's a huge beginning!!!! Read this, be inspired! I only gave the performance 3, Mr Montalvan isn't a performer, but it's listenable, maybe I should have given a 4? It's more Documentary than fiction so how much performance is needed really?
Absolutely. I loved the story.
The transparency and honesty of the author.
WOW! I just realized he also narrated the book. He is truly a talented writer and narrator. He brought the book to life.
I didn't realize how are vets are being treated. This is an important message for everyone.
I just keep telling others to listen to this story. I didn't want it to end. Tuesday is sweet and talented and just a little goofy - as a retriever should be. Mr. Montalvan is at once strong and yet vulnerable - as a man should be. Because the situations described during war are horrible, and the effect on a solider's mind and body are so devastating, there is great relief in him finding a way back to a somewhat normal life through Tuesday. A special thanks for writing this about a relatively short span of time and focusing on what has been accomplished rather than what has become more typical in dog stories - "I had this dog, it was the most amazing dog in the world, it died. I'm so sad." The tears I shed were happy tears. Great read.
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.