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
"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)
I laughed and I cried all the way through this wonderful book. It keeps you entertained from the first sentance, and I was praying it would never end.
There have been several comments about the authors voice, and it is not annoying or distracting, it is just as it should be.
This is a book for all dog and animal lovers everywhere, so what are you waiting for, download it onto your ipod and begin enjoying a great story!!
easily the worst book i've ever tried reading. i have a lab and i thought this would be a fun thing to read. the writer is clearly a novice. i would not recommend this to anyone.
What a terrible book. I really want to like it, because I like the dog way more than either of the people.
Some things in this book seriously infuriated me (like saying a training collar is designed to bring the dog to "gasping submission" - that's not how a training collar works or is supposed to be used) while I simply found most of it to be boring.
The author's voice is pretty terrible for reading as well.
Don't waste a credit.
I've had the book for almost a year and havne't had time to sit down and read it although everyone I know loved it! Well so do I! but now I can hear it and continue m activities! Excellent option for the person who can't sit still long enough to read a book and a great book to start with!
Okay . . . I admit I'm a cat person. I don't much like dogs. They smell, they bark, they drool, leave obvious "marks" in the yard, and other things of which I'm not particularly fond. My friend said I would love this book anyway. I didn't. The narrator, who is also the author, did not bring much to the story-telling. The repeated acts by Marly that were characterized as endearing in the book, would have resulted in a trip to the animal shelter if they had happened in my house. (Please! No hate retorts from dog lovers!!) I think if you truly are a dog-lover you would love this book. If you're into cats, stay away.
I liked the book, but I think I'd have liked it better reading it rather than listening to it. The author reads the book, and although he is a good storyteller, he reads as if he's reading his memoir to a group of 1st graders. His tone and pacing is somewhat irritating and I felt like in some senses it was like being read "down" to. It's hard to explain, but if you listen to a sample you'll understand.
The book is great, the reader is not. Buy the actual book, it's soooo worth not listening to him read it.
The only reason I finished this book was my shear disbelief that it had become a best seller and that I had paid good money for it. The author's lack of common sense in dog-training has nearly tragic consequences. The dog comes close to destroying the family or being abandoned by it. It is not amusing to listen to the author sabotage his own dog's behavior by perpetually reinforcing his destructiveness. I don't get how he could persist in his ignorance for all those years. A visit to a good dog trainer could have saved the dog and the family a lot of pain and frustration.
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