This was my first Robert Crais read and expect that I will be looking for more of his novels. I thought that MacLeod Andrews provided a great performance but will be following another reviewer's recommendation about narrators of other books by Crais.
I truly enjoyed this mystery about murder, post traumatic stress disorder, and the training of a K9 Team. Maggie is the dog who knows what it means to live in a "Pack." James is the severely injured, nearly killed, policeman who eventually learns to live in a Pack. The story grabs you by your collar and does not let go until the end, and then you want to read more! I especially liked how Robert Crais told us what Maggie was thinking and how he weaved the two view points together. I would not call this "a story about a dog" but a story about the development of love between a dog and a man with a murder mystery as the vehicle. It's a satisfying story. Recommend...
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
DOGS DO WHAT THEY DO TO SAVE US OR TO PLEASE US.
I am a dog person and that is what held my attention in this book. This is about a damaged human and a damaged dog. Having owned a couple of dogs who had been damaged by previous owners, I know the love it takes to help a dog and the love received in return is something special I can not put into words. In this case the human may be more damaged then the dog. I have been a dog owner for over 30 years, but I was still able to learn something in this book to help with my dogs. If you are a dog lover, then you want this book. YOU ARE A DOG MAN.
The mystery that needs solved in this story is good and should hold the attention of the non dog lovers. And as another reviewer has mentioned this is a feel good type story. As Paul McCartney would say, What's Wrong With That?
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
I wanted to take some time off from science fiction -- so I went to the "police procedurals" list on Audible and looked for the highest rated book with more than a few ratings. This was it -- and for good reason. I've read Crais before, but this seemed to be particularly good. Do not read it if you don't like dogs.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Perhaps - I typically listen to my audiobooks multiple times - but this one is fresh in my memory and the story is pretty simple
Elements of Watchers by Dean Koontz and WE3 by Grant Morrison have intelligent animals who's thoughts are expressed but Maggie is simply very intelligent and loyal with the benefit of being exceptionally well trained
Great job with vocalizing Maggie's thoughts
When Maggie bonded with Scott and was willing to take on the Sergeant head of the dog squad
Evil cops vs a very good dog - what's not to like. It's a good story with particularly evil cops bested by a couple of wounded beings who prevail well told and voice acted
I would add the print version to my collection as I just LOVED the audio book.
Both the Scott and his best girl Maggie are fantastic characters. Scott and Maggie are struggling in their own unique ways.
Maggies recollection of her time with her handler Scott at the timber yard. Her thoughts and his reassuring touch is just lovely.
This mystery is exciting, the characters amazing and it really is a page turner!
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
This is about a troubled LAPD cop and his similarly emotionally-challenged dog Maggie. Crais introduces the conceit of writing alternate chapters from Maggie’s point of view. Do dogs really think like this? He was consistent in limiting her abilities to reason, but, perhaps for that reason, it just got tiresome. The ending was predictable.
What saved the day for me was the narration by MacLeod Andrews. He was terrific.
When I finished listening to this book, it felt a little more like I'd been listening to the description of some episode of a television show than a book. It's not that I didn't enjoy the story, but it was all sort of short and sweet. There wasn't anything extra, everything is very straightforward, no extra character histories or even extra characters, no romance, no crazy plot twists, no extra plot lines. I don't know if that's really a criticism, but I guess the book could have been twice as long if things had been fleshed out a little. Anyway, if you're looking for a well narrated book with a good plot that moves along quickly then you'll probably like this book.
Absolutely worth the time! The story is super cute in its man-and-his-best-partner, aspects while also being a very full-fledged police thriller that will keep you listening. Is it the most intricate thriller I've ever read? No. But the dog makes up for it 100%. If you're undecided, definitely go for it.
On the narration: MacLeod Andrews knocks another one out of the park with this narration, he is playful without letting a single sinister moment get away from him, and he had me in tears with his impersonation of the dog during some of the scenes from her perspective.
Good Books Don't Promote Violence
Loved the part of Maggie, the German Shepard who was a Marine dog, and now is being trained to be a police dog. The human characters were good too but the dog is what really got to me.
I'm not a dog person, but I fell in love with beautiful, loyal, Maggie. I liked Scott too and the story was good.
My 13-year old enjoyed the story too.
Please can we have more of Maggie and Scott.