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.
Dog helps veteran
At one point, Luis could not get Tuesday to obey while at a demonstration of the dogs' abilities. He then knelt down and put his forehead to Tuesday's and they stayed there until they were both calm. That was so touching, and a moment that I won't forget.
This book really helps you to understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects. I was not aware that hypervigilance was one of the symptoms, and I had never thought of the aftereffects on a person with PTSD of little incidents that other people shrug off. This is a very informative book in an easy to listen to format. Luis really loves his dog.
Until Tuesday is a beautiful book about how a service dog saved a lost veteran! The power of a dog to literally turn a humans life around and help them survive on a daily basis is incredible. It it also a powerful story of a veterans struggle of dealing with PTSD and TBI and the overall effects it can actually bring upon a once strong and powerful soldier.