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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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    Nancy Baltimore, MD, USA 02-05-06
    Nancy Baltimore, MD, USA 02-05-06
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    "Stiff Read"

    I purchased this book because I have a dog and love him unconditionally. Perhaps if I had read the book, I would have thought it "cute." Listening to the author read his own work made me very uncomfortable. I think the publisher should have gotten someone else to read it for audio. VERY stiff and very disappointing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Simone Glendale, CA, USA 11-13-05
    Simone Glendale, CA, USA 11-13-05
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    "reporter attempting to be writer and failing"

    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.

    29 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 04-16-12
    Diana - Audible Oradell, NJ, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2005

    "Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." --Lemony Snicket

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    "Good, but not great"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tawana Fort Mill, SC, USA 06-14-10
    Tawana Fort Mill, SC, USA 06-14-10
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    "boo-hoo"

    i cried like a newborn at certain points in the book. i was inconsolable other times i found a little soapboxish. all in all i enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Charlottesville, VA, USA 08-27-09
    Erin Charlottesville, VA, USA 08-27-09
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    "Brought back great memories of my Lab"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Callie Mobile, AL, USA 02-25-09
    Callie Mobile, AL, USA 02-25-09
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    "Marley and Me"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Union City, CA, United States 02-17-09
    Amy Union City, CA, United States 02-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "High "Awwwwwwwwwwww!" Factor"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walt 02-12-09
    Walt 02-12-09
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    "A professional narrator would have helped"

    Nice collection of stories, dogs are a great subject. The book jumped from event to event in a somewhat disjointed manner at times. The killer in this audio was the reader. I think a better narrator would have improved the book. My wife could not even finish listening to it. I wanted to hear the book first before watching the video, but after the turn-off of the listen, I may not even bother to watch the video.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 02-02-09
    Connie Shawnee, KS, United States 02-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A book for Dog Lovers"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley USA 11-21-08
    Ashley USA 11-21-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good story but..."

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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