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  • What's a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man's Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Homans
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (19)

    John Homans adopted his dog, Stella, from a shelter for all the usual reasons: fond memories of dogs from his past, a companion for his son, an excuse for long walks around the neighborhood. Soon enough, she is happily ensconced in the daily workings of his family. And not only that: Stella is treated like a family member - in ways that dogs of his youth were not. Spending humanlike sums on vet bills, questioning her diet and exercise regimens, contemplating her happiness - how had this all come to pass, when the dogs from Homans's childhood seemed quite content living mostly out in the yard?

    Tango says: "What's a Dog For? Ask a Dog!"
    "Disappointing Book"
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    This book meanders. It's in need of a stronger outline, to truly direct the reader from chapter and a narrator that doesn't sound like somebody's docile grandpa.

    This book, as well, may be better intended for those on the periphery of dog interest and not someone who's truly into dogs and has developed his or her own perspective of canines. As I am of the latter camp, I found the author's tone at times to be off-putting and annoying, frankly.

    Can you pick up nuggets of info? Yes, but because of the outline (or lack thereof), and because of the narrator, and because of the author's voice (tone), I found it to be a huge disappointment in what I was hoping for.



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