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Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog | [John Grogan]

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
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Publisher's Summary

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good, Marley was expelled.

And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

©2005 John Grogan; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • 2006 Quill Award Winner

"Grogan's chronicle of the adventures parents and children (eventually three) enjoyed with the overly energetic but endearing dog is delivered with great humor. Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Reade Louisville, CO, USA 06-16-06
    Reade Louisville, CO, USA 06-16-06
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    "One of the worst"

    After Marley dies, John Grogen (a newspaper columnist) states "I wanted to write a farewell column to Marley, but I was afraid that all of my emotion would pour out in a gushy, maudlin piece of self-indulgence that would only humiliate me". So instead he decides to dedicate a whole book to it? This is not a book about Marley or the trials, tribulations and benefits of dog ownership, it is Grogen's autobiography for the 13 years he happened to own a dog.

    It is not insightful, it is painful. I know far more than I care to about the Grogan family. I really don't care that you waited in the car while Jenny bought the home pregnancy kit because "there are some things guys just aren't meant to shop for". Grow up!

    I have never been so let down by a book. I expected a story that made me consider how pet ownership might give me a new outlook on everyday problems. I got a story about about a very average man's life.

    The only thing worse than reading this, is listening to Grogen's whiney, pitchy voice.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Wylie, TX, USA 12-10-05
    Eric Wylie, TX, USA 12-10-05
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    "Amazing Book"

    I was skeptical about this book at first...but after 2 minutes of listening, I was hooked. My wife and I listened to this book during a recent road trip and loved the story of the trials and tribulations of Marley and his owner. After listening, we were ready to go get our own "marley" :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 06-23-08
    Ella toronto,, Ontario, Canada 06-23-08 Member Since 2005

    Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.

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    "Read this one!"

    The story is great. Like everyone else says, if you are a dog lover, you can't miss this one. I'm not sure how the "behind the scenes" thing works for picking the right narrator, but it can literally make or break a book. Had the actual writing not been so enjoyable, I would never have made it through. What a poor idea it was for the author to narrate his own book. The only 2 books that (for me) were an exception to that were Eat Pray Love and The Kite Runner.

    I would have enjoyed this book much more if I had read it instead of listening to it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 04-23-08
    S new york, NY, United States 04-23-08
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    "lovely story, terrible reader"

    the story was sweet and enjoyable for anyone who loves dogs. however, the recording was pretty irritating. the author reads rather slowly, like he's addressing an elementary school classroom. if you can get past him, it's a fun, sweet book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Hampton, GA, USA 12-16-05
    Rosemary Hampton, GA, USA 12-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Tears - laughter and saddness"

    This book was so well written to the true dog owner, that you can see Marley and his antics. Once I started listening, I just could not stop, and ended up with a box of tissue for the tears of both the laughter and sorrow that this dog's person spoke. I have recommended this book to many people this week, and could not say enough. One has to remember, it is not a story of fiction, but one of the author's memories of his beloved family pet. My mother was listening in the car for just 25 minutes with me last weekend and she is now wanting to borrow my book, which I may have to listen to again. It is well worth the time and money spent for a good, honest read (listen).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "Entertaining"

    Have a new dog, so this is TOO real !
    Funny.
    Book and movie both have their merits.
    Movie focused too much on the latter years of Marley's life, in my opinion.
    Listening to the AUDIBLE book was difficult ... this is the only book that I have "listened" to that I would rather have read (or seen the movie).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    05-05-08
    05-05-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Good read"

    I love this book! I laughed deeply; I cried deeply. Anyone who has raised a puppy to adulthood will appreciate this book. The only negative is the narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Clinton, NY, USA 06-24-07
    Amy Clinton, NY, USA 06-24-07
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    "SO GREAT"

    Really a wonderful story. I laughed and cried (lucky for me I have a long commute and the sad part was at the beginning so I was able to compose myself before work!) I am a dog person so I really connected with the author's story, but I think that anybody would enjoy the story. The author narrates which gives it a more personal approach. I loved it!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 07-07-06
    Terri 07-07-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story, bad narrator"

    What a great story. Anyone who owns or has ever owned a dog will totally relate. Had to wait to listen to the last part because I knew I would cry and I was on my way to a meeting and didn't want smeared makeup all over my face.

    Unfortunately, I wish I read it instead of listened to it. Grogan is a good author, but a lousy narrator. It was difficult to listen to at times. Considering it was the Grogan's own story, he read with a suprising lack of authentic emotion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Santa Barbara, US, Canada 03-01-06
    Angela Santa Barbara, US, Canada 03-01-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Hard Voice to Listen To"

    The story itself was fine. Funny and sad. As a dog owner/lover I could relate to much of it. However, the author was perhaps not the best suited to read his own story. His voice nasaly and with a heavy mid-weastern accent, his narrating lacking any emotion, it was a bit of a struggle to listen through to the end. I would recommend the actual book for sure, but not so much the audio. Definitely listen to the sample before you buy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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