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.
I learned about this book from the Whittier Reads program, sponsored by the Whittier (CA) Public Library. I loved hearing the two parallel stories and how they converged. Luis, first, told Tuesday's path, then his own path, then how their paths became one: their meeting and how they bonded, not just once but at different, deeper levels over a period of time.
This story made me more aware of the problem of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and how service dogs can be of critical benefit to our wounded veterans.
Portions were somewhat difficult to follow (re-tracing some of the author's stories and events), but I suppose it was presented in such a way that the listener could more easily empathize with his thought process and the difficulties he had endured. I would listen to "Until Tuesday" again, because there was a lot to digest... and there are some parts that I'd like to "brush up on."
I'm always impressed at how a narrator breezes through a book on audio. Outstanding job, Luis!
I listened to this book more than once. An enlightening story about a veteran's struggle with disabilities and PTSD. Capt. Montalvan and his dog Tuesday are an inspiration.
I particularly enjoyed Capt. Montalvan and Tuesday's story of how their relationship began and grew. Hearing about being introduced to Tuesday and the work both of them did to establish the bond they share is wonderful.
Because Luis Carlos Montalvan was telling his own story, I think the narration was so sincere and touching. It was his experience, his feelings, emotions and struggles- he owned the story and it was an engaging listen.
There were tears for me quite a few times in the book....frustration, struggle, inspiration and success.