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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 2009

    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.

    3 of 3 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!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 03-31-12
    Tango Texas 03-31-12 Member Since 2012

    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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    Christine Garnet Valley, PA, United States 02-05-14
    Christine Garnet Valley, PA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful Story"
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    this was not a tragic story like some others about a "best friend" this is absolutely beautifully told.

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    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 01-15-14
    Patricia Oak Harbor, WA, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "great book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth of it!


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

    The entire book


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed it so much gave it to my sister as a gift.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 01-10-14
    Kimberly Grants Pass, OR, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "If you love dogs, read this book!!!!"
    Where does A Big Little Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trixie of course


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    How he could bring out the feelings of the characters


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

    Absolutely!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed out loud. I sobbed for the loss. I will recommend this book to everyone I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Crowley Atlanta, GA USA 02-27-13
    Cameron Crowley Atlanta, GA USA 02-27-13
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    "A True Love Story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Big Little Life the most enjoyable?

    An extraordinary story of love and redemption for both a dog and her owners. Koontz tells how his bond with Trixie, a former assistance dog, teaches him to see the world as a dog does and in doing so, comes to understand the beauty and wonder of life all over again.


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

    Romeo & Juliet- another love story for the ages!


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful job. Conveyed just the right emotion at the right times and made me feel like it was only Dean Koontz telling this very personal memoir.


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

    Of course, the end when Trixie must leave her family. So painful for any pet owner who has walked in those shoes and dreaded the moments that all pet owners must endure at the end of their cherished pet's life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a wonderful surprise- part memoir, part philosophical musings and part boy meets dog, boy falls in love with dog story. Koontz reveals the beauty and purity of a dogs's soul and makes the reader thankful and humble to share in that discovery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mercedes San Jose, CA, United States 02-25-13
    Mercedes San Jose, CA, United States 02-25-13
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    "Makes me smile!"

    This book put a smile on my face! Being a dog owner and animal lover myself I feel like the author really pin points those special moments of understanding between a dog and their family. It was a fun read. I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy LEONARD, MI, United States 02-15-13
    Nancy LEONARD, MI, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Just another viewpoint

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    "Entertaining and endearing. Loved this book."
    What made the experience of listening to A Big Little Life the most enjoyable?

    Koontz's way of describing his pet, enjoyed the sweet names he had for his Trixie girl


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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