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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.
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Publisher's Summary

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)2012 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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    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 01-21-13
    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 01-21-13 Member Since 2013

    A professor at Dodge College, I teach Film Music. I spent 33 years in the movie business before teaching. I LOVE books and my girls. Ta-Da!

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    "Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!"

    I am not going to use the word "heartwarming" because that cliche does this book injustice. The experience of the novelist and his wife are lovely, well written, slyly humorous, and I haven't even gotten to "Trixie", their CCI dog. An amazing organization, that the author promotes. To say I have a Golden Retriever does make me ever-so-slightly biased, but I GUARANTEE if you're a lover of words, and DOGS you will extremely pleased with this audio book. Christopher Lane has the perfect reader's voice. (I am going to follow his other works, this was my first.) It was also the first Koontz book I have ever 'read'. Wow, that man can write! Who knew? (I guess about ten million other people.)

    I hope you enjoy A Big Little Life as much as I did. I've listened to many, many audio books. I GUARANTEE if you love dogs, you'll love this. And even if you don't (shame on you) it's well written, informative and worth it. 6 stars! please come back and rate my review after you've read this title. I wanna know how RIGHT I am! :) cheers scott s.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-11-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2013

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "Indescribable.... I was totally captivated!"

    What a fantastic story- this is the type of story and performance that I can never get enough of.... I laughed, I cried, I smiled.... I thanked the stars above for my own amazing/precious/priceless dog!!! The pure and unconditional love that the Koontz's had for Trixie is expressed brilliantly! Roll out the Kleenex for this one!!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14
    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.

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    "Thank you Mr. Koontz"
    Would you listen to A Big Little Life again? Why?

    No. I heard it the first time.


    What other book might you compare A Big Little Life to and why?

    I would compare it to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich because it's never been done before. This is a good story enjoy it for what it is.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    I liked the squeeky toy.


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

    I broke out in hives.


    Any additional comments?

    WARNING!!! Dog Lovers DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK you will cry.
    Dean opens his life in this book more than any author I have ever read. This is about his outlook on life. And there is a dog. I wish I could be his neighbor except for all the dog poop. Listen to the book and you'll understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 01-04-13
    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 01-04-13 Member Since 2013

    “I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!

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    "A Lovely Story of a man who Simply Loved his dog!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Big Little Life the most enjoyable?

    The vivid descriptions of everything. You could picture the love this man had for Trixie and the love this dog had for her Dad! To tell the truth this is the first Dean Koontz book I have ever read. And I loved it!


    What other book might you compare A Big Little Life to and why?

    Merle's Door. Just the love and vivid descriptions and the fact that they know people think they are crazy for loving a dog this much but they don't really care!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Movie watching scene where Trix sits on the chair between her Mom and Dad and watches Sandra Bullock!


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

    There were many, but the entire dedication this family had to each other was very moving!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-31-12
    Tango Texas 03-31-12

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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

    This is one of the best - I would have enjoyed reading this book, but Christopher Lane really took on the


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Big Little Life?

    I loved the moments when Koontz gets flashes of insight about the spiritual and emotional nature of dogs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Trixie deliberately went to find her sister in a crowd of dogs and people - I have seen that type of memory of dogs for other dogs and that type of devotion between dogs and Koontz illustrated that with a really nice Trixie story.


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

    A Big Little Life says it as well as anything I could think of.


    Any additional comments?

    For a man who has only had a couple of dogs, Dean Koontz is amazing in his understanding and appreciation of true dog nature. Any dog lover will truly love this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 01-24-12
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Exceptionally Written"
    Would you listen to A Big Little Life again? Why?

    Yes, this one is a definite again and again book. Koontz is such an excellent writer and a way with wit and humor throughout. Sometimes I had to laugh out loud. Sometimes cried.


    What other book might you compare A Big Little Life to and why?

    Can't think of any at the moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them. There was not one boring moment in this book. I almost wanted to start it again just after finishing it.


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

    Experiences of love and laughter through my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be advising everyone I know to listen to this book. This is a book that has got to be better in the audio form than reading it the conventional way. The narrator did excellent job on it also. Great inflections for the humor etc.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 05-26-12
    Paul Westlake, OH, United States 05-26-12 Member Since 2015

    Home school family with six children ages 7-21. We love listening to audible books together. We like Twaddle-free books.

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    "Dog equals Human?!!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Our family likes dogs. We have a black lab. I selected this story for a family car trip. Of the four children riding along (ages 11-19), nobody was impressed, and none of the children wanted to finish this book. In other words, it was a dud. I listened to the whole book. It is a nice commercial for assistance animals. Dean Koontz uses this book as an autobiography. There are dog lovers and there are dog worshipers. Dean definitely falls into the latter category. He definitely put more energy into his dog than 90% of people do into their children. My children just thought it was ridiculous that so much of his life was focused around his dog. They thought his life was rather shallow. There are some cool dog stories, but we won't be listening to this one again.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    The Performer did a fine job. We didn't have any trouble listening or understanding him.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 05-07-15
    Sue 05-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Learning to love the mystery of life"

    This is the heartfelt love story of real people and their dog.
    It is Beautiful, happy and tearful. Just so.

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    Cody 04-17-15
    Cody 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book for dog lovers."

    Great book for dog lovers reminds me so much of my service dog Mimi which I still miss.

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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 04-09-15
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 04-09-15 Member Since 2014

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "Loved this book!"
    What did you love best about A Big Little Life?

    I thought it was a super touching story. The narrator was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dog, of course!


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was a great reader, expressive and kept your attention throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love dogs or have one in particular that is special to you, you will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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