Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
A heartwarming story of a returning war veteran and his struggles to re-integrate into normal society after suffering traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD . . . I learned so much about service dogs, which until now I thought were only for sight or hearing impaired people. The story of Captain Montalvan and Tuesday is at times a hard one to listen to. But it is one of healing and progress. Being the mother of two Iraqi war veterans, it helps to hear from a first hand point of view what these brave young men have endured . . . and survived.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Montalvan writes very compassionately about his bonding with service dog "Tuesday" and how they come to learn about and understand each other.
A dog lovers dream of a novel, I recommend it to anyone who has a friend who relative who has been thru the Middle East wars or even Viet Nam.
Of course I had a few tears towards the end of the book, but I do love animals and have a friend who uses a service dog herself.
Well worth a credit and your time
Kea Giles (Asmus)
From my blog: What amazes me most about the audio version is that Montalván had the courage to read the book himself.
Montalván has an excellent speaking voice, not too deep, not too soft, but not loud either. Soft as if he were petting Tuesday while doing the narration. A little gravelly like some of the desert sand had come home with him in his voice. Listening to Montalván tell the most painful part of his story, I almost wanted to say, “Stop, stop! You don’t have to relive it again just to narrate this book. Get someone else to do this part.” But I’m glad Montalván was the sole voice in the book; he creates a real connection with his listener. I know I will listen to the book again; maybe several times.
But the best part, maybe, maybe the best part… Should I tell you? There’s kind of an “Easter egg” at the end. You find out again that Tuesday is a real dog. Listen to the book, and be prepared to giggle, yes giggle, with the unexpected punctuation, the audio paw-print that says, I hope, “And they lived happily ever after.”
Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
What a wonderful surprise! As a dog lover, I was hoping for an uplifting story about the bond between a special dog and his human. What I got was so much more. First, I would like to acknowledge the exceptional writing of Luis Montalvan. He is a very talented writer.
Also, the content of the book went far beyond how Tuesday enabled Montalvan to regain a significant amount of function after his broken body and soul returned from Iraq. Montalvan adds insight to other compelling topics including how service dogs are trained, how Tuesday's early life was also riddled with loss, the insensitivities of people who do not understand the need of a service dog for people with disabilities other than blindness, and the tragic inadequacies of the Verteran's Affairs medical services provided to our soldiers when they return from war.
All of these issues are, of course, bound together with the warmth of the tale of how Tuesday and Montalvan helped each other to heal, and how they now function together as a loving unit, Tuesday guiding Montalvan to progress in his healing, or, at least deal with his disabilities because he has Tuesday for support, love, and physical help.
This story is much more than about a service dog doing his job in a placement to help a disabled man. It addresses political issues, sociological issues, and deeply personal issues of how war breaks down the men and women subjected to it.
I was a bit worried when I saw that Montalvan acted as his own narrator, but he has a wonderful voice, and he tells his story with such heart... no one else could have done it the same justice. I strongly recommend this book.
One of the best stories ever! Heartwarming. Uplifting. I recommend it to all my friends & everyone else too.
yes I have already. I just loved the story and the dog
Tuesday- I have a golden retriever also. altho he is not trained like Tuesday I could see some similar traits that he does by his inate nature.
I have not heard any of LC Montalvan;s other narrations if there are any
the dog that was more than possible
I just loved this book. I laughed, I cried, and I was astounded at what I learned about the Iraq war. I can;t recommend this more highly. expecially if you are a dog lover.
This book was inspiring and a real tear jerker at the same time. If you do anything help contribute to the cause of service dogs for the disabled
yes. I would enjoy re-hearing how Tuesday became such an important element in Luis's life.
Luis raises a lot of complex issues with layers of realizations that is one of the reasons I wanted to own the audio.
I enjoyed hearing about Tuesday’s life before he and Luis were 'matched' and the obstacles both overcame to develop their bond.
The character of his voice perfectly matched the story.
Montalvan's story gave me a new insight into disabled war veterans' struggles with PTSD and how service dogs can help them to cope and adapt. The story jumped around (not in chronological sequence) but it was a worthwhile book to listen to or read. Even though the country's war with Irag is over, the soldier's "personal war" and recovery goes on for a long time. We cannot thank our service men and women enough. It is a good thing that someone like Montalvan is willing to share his personal story and be a national spokesman for veterans,disabled people, and service dogs.
I enjoyed the story of Tuesday, Luis and they're wonderful relationship. I was entertained by the story of Tuesday, saddened by the state of one of our brave veterans and overjoyed at the bond between man and dog.
The only small negative was with the narration. Mr. Montalvan was not the best narrator. I understand that he's the author and maybe, in a way, the best person to read the story to us, but he is clearly not a professional narrator and that detracted, albeit slightly, from the story.
Overall, though, I highly recommend the book for anyone who loves dogs or is curious about how service dogs are trained.