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A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie | [Dean Koontz]

A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling 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....
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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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Amazon Customer Utah 03-16-14
    Amazon Customer Utah 03-16-14 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "A very good read"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mary Conway, NH, United States 10-01-12
    mary Conway, NH, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Heartwarming"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Being 11-11-14
    Being 11-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous love letter to his dog."
    What did you love best about A Big Little Life?

    The author's love for his dog was palpable. I felt like I knew them both. A charming, charming story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is the third time I've read or listened to this book. I give it to all my friends who love dogs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    martha locust grove, ga, United States 06-30-14
    martha locust grove, ga, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Awful"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    "All about me" (author) using a dog as bait. Boring. Who cares.....


    Has A Big Little Life turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It certainly didn't help any.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money on everybody's part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 04-22-14
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "An Unapologetic Anthropomorphizer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Dean Koontz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-14
    Alice Atlanta, GA, United States 04-03-14 Member Since 2011

    Alice Roberta Matthews (Keith)

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    "Good dog story"
    Where does A Big Little Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I just love dog stories and Koontz is a good story teller


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is a Koontz story for the family


    Any additional comments?

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie New Ulm, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Katie New Ulm, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2010

    Prairiesmoke

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    "Prairiesmoke: Feeling and Compassion"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-23-12
    05-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Lovable Fun"
    If you could sum up A Big Little Life in three words, what would they be?

    Life changing happiness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trixie, of course. Because she was so lovable


    What about Dean Koontz’s performance did you like?

    I just love stories by Dean Koontz. He's straight to the point during performance. I enjoyed it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by how sensitive Trixie was about the family's personal space. I thought it endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love more " Trixie" stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 02-02-12
    Kathryn 02-02-12
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    "For the dog lover in all of us"
    What made the experience of listening to A Big Little Life the most enjoyable?

    The story was great and having the author as narrator made the story so real


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have 2 pups myself and can really identify with the story


    Which character – as performed by Dean Koontz – was your favorite?

    Dean, Gerda& Trixie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definitely


    Any additional comments?

    very enjoyable but have a box of kleenex at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Comstock Park, MI, United States 12-02-11
    Elaine Comstock Park, MI, United States 12-02-11
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    "Both funny and touching"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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