I would definitely listen to this again. I love the plot and characters, and the narrator does an excellent job of distinguishing characters' voices and making them come alive.
There are two books to which I would compare this: A DOG'S JOURNEY and A DOG'S PURPOSE by Bruce Cameron. Although the stories in these books are told from the point of view of the dog, they're still comparable to A CHRISTMAS HOME because they are all about how dogs can change lives for the better.
My favorite scene was close to the end of the book when Tod announces to family and friends during a Christmas brunch that he has found a job in another city. He proves to his parents that despite his developmental disability, he can find a job and make his own way in the world.
I can't think of a better name for this book. Christmas is the name of Tod's dog who helps him realize his potential as a dog trainer. Most of the story takes place during the holiday season, and at the end of the book, Tod makes the ultimate sacrifice by leaving Christmas with his parents when he moves away to his new job, making his parents' farm a true Christmas home.
This book is about how dogs can help people with disabilities. For six years, I cared for my totally blind husband who was partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I considered getting him a service dog but didn't want the added responsibility of caring for an animal, too. Now that my husband is gone, I wish I had at least looked into it. I might have found someone like Todd to train the dog to do things for my husband that he couldn't do himself. It might have actually made my life easier and his life more fulfilling. I hope others who read this book will consider getting a service dog for themselves or for loved ones who need help.
The narrator's way of giving characters distinct voices and making them come alive made this listening experience most enjoyable.
The most memorable part of the book is when George and Tucker meet for the first time. George, a thirteen-year-old kid, is skeptical of Tucker, an Irish setter who has been tied up in his neighbor's yard, because he thinks the dog is vicious, but when his grandfather brings the dog home after the neighbor is arrested for some alcohol-related offense, Tucker proves George wrong.
As I said before, this narrator gives each character his/her own voice and makes him/her come alive.
I had no extreme reactions to this book, but it was definitely a worthwhile read.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a heartwarming coming of age story about a boy and his dog.
Yes, I recently lost my husband, and this and other books I've read in the past few weeks have helped me escape to other families' holidays.
The authors tell their own personal stories, and I like them both as characters.
I liked the feeling that they were talking to me, not just reading me their stories.
I don't think any particular part of the book moved me, but my favorite essay was the one about the guilt meter and the overflowing toilet. When I read about others' unfortunate experiences, it gives me a whole new perspective on life because it makes me thankful such experiences haven't happened to me.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes humorous, thought-provoking holiday essays. .
Being visually impaired, I've never read the print version, but the audio edition is definitely high quality.
I could compare this book to others I've read about people who walk across the United States for one reason or another, but most of those books are true stories. However, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is just as believable.
I liked the way this narrator portrayed Harold, Maureen, and Rex, but he did an excellent job of making all characters come alive, giving each his/her own distinct voice.
I can't imagine a more suitable title for this book. It relates well to the story.
I just lost my husband who was partially paralyzed as a result of two strokes. I had been caring for him at home for the past six years. Over a month ago, I had to move him to a nursing home because he was losing strength, and it was getting harder and harder to lift him. When I first started this book, I wondered for a fleeting moment if when his nurse called to tell me he was declining and it was time to think about end of life care, what if instead of using the paratransit service, I walked the one mile from my home to Sheridan Manor? It wouldn't have been much of a pilgrimage, but would it have saved him? This was highly unlikely, just as it wasn't likely that Harold walking the six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to Berwick-upon-Tweed wouldn't have saved Queenie, but hope springs eternal, right? I don't know why I chos to read this book at this time, but it gave me a new prespective on life and death. To learn more about this book and its author, please visit my blog.
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