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)
This book is terribly written - it is so bland, so lifeless, so lacking in nuance and emotion it is truly painful to listen to. Add to that the author's monotone and it made even the shortest drive to the market seem like a cross country haul. The subject matter is sweet, and being a dog lover and owner I have read MANY dog stories. But this one lacks all but the facts. I think the author should stick to reporting the news and not his personal life. If you want to read an amazing dog book try: A Dog Year, Colter, A Rough Shooting Dog, A Pack of Two or 50 Acres and a Poodle. These all have the same 'time spent with dog and trevails resulting from such' theme, but are written with passion and life, This book feels like a chew toy that lost its squeak.
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.
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket
In the great cats vs. dogs debate, I am most definitely a 'dog person' - and so couldn't resist Marley and Me when it first came out. It's a sweet story (and yes, I cried), but it suffers from Grogan's narration, which tends to drone on.
This was a very sweet story. Having loved and lost a wonderful Yellow Lab who shared Marley's enthusiasm for life, I was especially engaged throughout.
This is a lovely and moving story. I love the books that are read by the author and this is a classic. If you have ever loved a dog this book is a must. Enjoy.
As a lover of all things that are furry and four-footed, I am drawn to stories about the animals in our lives. This story satisfied everything I'm looking for in a critter-tale: It reminds us of the best of what it means to be human through the lens of our interactions with beasts.
This one's a great listen for the road--maybe for a family vacation.
"Marley and Me" is a must-listen for anyone who loves dogs.
I am a dog lover. I don't deny it and it is hard for me to dislike any story about a dog. Marley is a loving goof and I enjoyed his escapades as I could relate to several. However, I felt I would have enjoyed it much more if perhaps John Grogan had chosen not to narrate it. I wish I had read it, rather than listened to it. The story is great, if you love dogs, although there are no surprises, but the narration left me a little cold.
couldn't seem to get past the narrator's voice. There was no real connection between his voice and the words. I would though recommend this book to anyone who wants to enjoy a truly lovable, down to earth story.
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