In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, best-selling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did, inspiring Dean and Gerda to trust their instincts and recapture a sense of wonder that will remain with them always. Trixie lived fewer than 12 years; in this wide world, she was a little thing. But in every way that mattered, she lived a big life.
©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“A humorous, poignant portrait of [a] remarkable dog.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“One dog book that everyone... will deeply enjoy.” (Booklist)
“A delightful read... an unusually effective brief for the joy that dogs bring us.” (The American Spectator)
What can you say about a dog book? Especially if it is non-fiction but has all the elements of a good novel? I really enjoyed this book and getting to know Trixie. My only drawback is that maybe the Koontzes have gone a big too far, authoring books "by Trixie" and all that. Also, one statement that got to me was their asserting that no human child was loved more than they loved their dog. Now granted they never had children of their own so don't really have anything to compare it to, but that is a statement that is over the top. I have had children I love and I have had dogs that I love. If I had to make a choice, there would be no choice. Dogs can be trained to be much better behaved!
Haha jk. As much as I have loved some pets, it comes nowhere close to the love of a parent for a child. But on the other hand, sometimes I think my dog Harley is my only friend. His loyalty to me is mind-boggling, and I am grateful to have him as a companion through thick and thin right now. It is always "thick" for the dog, even though I want to kick his little hairy fanny sometimes. If you are really a dog lover, look up a youtube video called "God and Dog" by Wendy J. Francisco. It sums up the human/canine relationship pretty well, and I always get choked up when I see it.
Koontz reads his memoir himself, and does a great job of it.
I have a soft spot in my heart for Goldens and this book reminded me of what wonderful dogs they were. This was well written and narrated. I enjoyed it very much!
"All about me" (author) using a dog as bait. Boring. Who cares.....
It certainly didn't help any.
Waste of time and money on everybody's part.
I would highly recommend it to all my dog-lover friends. It's definitely a book for those of us who know that our dogs are the only perfect kids we'll have.
I have not listened to any other books which Dean Koontz has read himself. Generally, I am disappointed in books read by the authors (with the bright exception of Alice Walker reading Possessing the Secret of Joy, which Audible really ought to offer, but I digress). I was not disappointed in this. Not only is Mr. Koontz obviously brilliant, but this was really a singularly personal book and hearing him read it made it even more sincere and touching.
Not really. I wanted to savor it more than that. It was so rich that I loved listening to it on my commutes a chapter at a time. I rewound it frequently to make it last.
Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)
I just love dog stories and Koontz is a good story teller
This is a Koontz story for the family
I never read a Koontz book because I don't like that type of book. So I am glad at least I was introduced to this Top Novelist
Feeling and compassion emanates from every word. So beautiful! I remember "Dark Rivers of the Heart" and Rocky and 'never lie to the dog.' A superb biography! Thank you once again, Mr. Koontz!
Life changing happiness
Trixie, of course. Because she was so lovable
I just love stories by Dean Koontz. He's straight to the point during performance. I enjoyed it.
I was moved by how sensitive Trixie was about the family's personal space. I thought it endearing.
I'd love more " Trixie" stories.
The story was great and having the author as narrator made the story so real
I have 2 pups myself and can really identify with the story
Dean, Gerda& Trixie
very enjoyable but have a box of kleenex at the end
I have listen to a lot of Dean Koontz story's and have always found them spell binding. This book is very different from the others yet no less Interesting. I have had had a few dogs in my life and the connection to the animals are more than the sum of the parts. I think Dean paints this relationship in a funny as well as poignant way. Trixie sounded like a lovable dog that deserved nothing but the best. It was fortunate that Dean had the money to take care that was so well deserved.
Having read many dog books, this stands out as one of the best. Not only does this great author tell the tale of his beloved dog's life, but he's able to weave philosophical/spiritual threads into his narrative. So, beautifully done.
My only criticism, and it's a minor one for this book, is the author-as-narrator dilemma. Koontz is a competent narrator, but, he's not a pro. So... I think it would've been a tad better production had a professional narrator read this book.
I've been recommending it to everyone I know. It's really must reading for any dog love, to be sure.
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