Story received 5 stars, because we have 3 GSDs and 1 golden retriever (who won't--retrieve, that is). We love all things "dog", so we bring our hearts along with our ears to this listen.
Accurate research went into Soldier Dogs, warm-hearted anecdotes, tragic endings, and every day successes/challenges are throughout the book.
Kudos to the author for refraining from anthropomorphizing these dogs...her respect for them shows with every word. We smiled in recognition at the dogs' behavior and we cried at their mistreatment and deaths. Over the years we've parented 10 GSDs, 3 Akitas, 1 Rotty, 1 Golden, and "Clyde" our English Mastiff grand dog who lived 13 wonderful years.
Appropriate breeds for soldiering include size, willingness, intelligence, sensitive nose, and courage---2 of those 5 traits are genetic attributes of the breed, the other three are variables and described in human terms....not scientific absolutes.
The journalistic accuracy of the author's objectivity detracted from the potential emotional access the reader wants from any non-scientific tract about "Man's Best Friend."
i.e. the importance of a "Kong" in their lives to motivate behavior. All of our GSDs enjoy this toy (and its history was interesting), however the temperament trials conducted @ approximately 7 weeks of the litters reveal far more than potential for Pavlovian conditioning in future training.
How do you measure the attachment a Soldier Dog has for his person? And when that person leaves his or her---how do you measure the grief?
As in our human combat veterans, our canine vets deserve TLC and special consideration to live out their natural lives in peace.
The authors scored again with a candid, unbiased look at the election of 2012. If you're a news junkie this is a must listen...to discover who knew what when and how they reacted to the information. All of the candidates become human beings rather than the processed meat their "advisors" presented to the public, and the conclusion is the American Voting Public elected the right men for the job. Although not as humorous as "Game Change", (where was the Sarah Palin character?), "Double Down" has enough human interest to last through out the book.
As a parent of GSDs and fan of a good Cop story involving GSD relationships with their trainers, this book works very well. Looking forward to the next adventure of Maggie and her Master.
Penny and I were born the same year and so we share a common experience of history.
Her Bronx accent enhances her story and contributes to the humor in her personal and professional observations. Behind the scenes stories always entertain and this memoir works well for anyone familiar with her work in front of and behind the camera. One can't help but love her style...not a scintilla of manipulation.
Since the film was produced, knowledge of the book interested me prior to viewing the 3D director's cut of this story. Still haven't seen the film, but the book doesn't disappoint as the listener must decide how much of this tale is a reality or an illusion. It's worth the journey regardless of the "truth" of the tale.
As a veteran of the Hollywood Hustle, Henry's detailed account of the "business" of the Business rings all too true for me. The back story often has little to do with the entertainment we experience on screen. As long as Johnny was the "Tonight Show" I watched it religiously...and I was rarely disappointed in its contents. This book is a "buddy" story told by a caring friend and former employee who honors the subject with his candor, and the accuracy of 20/20 hindsight. By the end of the book, you too will miss the King of night time television all over again.
The narrator managed all the voices, accents, and inflections very well. This is a slice of our history involving the abandoned children then and now---realistic without being offensive, the characters are well defined and each chapter ends with wanting to turn the page to see what happens to our heroine(s).
Language is rough, yet realistic in today's entertainment milieu--however, the story works so well, I'm giving this book to my grandchildren to educate them on others...sympathetically.
Laughter, tears, smiles and sighs occur during your listen to this continuation of what all pet lovers hope is true...the objects of our slavish devotion will return to us later in life, perhaps in a different breed, but their acceptance, their love of us continues through time until we join them on the other side of the rainbow bridge.
Before this listen, I knew next to nothing about South Africa and loathed boxing as cruel, stupid, and graceless. Now I know more about SA and can appreciate the intricacies of pugilism, although I still have no interest in watching a match. The narration, plot, characters are "turn the page" excellent, and my routines went by with lightening speed as well as being able to look forward to exercise, chores, and other mindless activities so I could find out "what happens next". I've purchased the book for my grandsons who could use some insight into man's inhumanity to man all over the world...as well as some awareness of cultures outside of their own suburban utopia.
Whether Temple's assumptions about animals' emotions, comfort levels, and communication are accurate or not...no matter, as the entertainment value of this listen is high. If you love animals, you'll enjoy this book.
Please read (listen) to "Power of One" first, then listen to Tandia. A glimpse of South Africa told through the eyes of a young multi-racial woman who joins others in the political movement for freedom in SA. If you like Courtenay, you'll enjoy this listen, too.
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