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No Better Friend Audiobook

No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII

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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary tale of survival and friendship between a man and a dog in war.

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

Judy's devotion to those she was interned with was matched by their love for her, which helped keep the men and their dog alive despite the ever-present threat of death by disease or the rifles of the guards. At one point, deep in despair and starvation, Frank contemplated killing himself and the dog to prevent either from watching the other die. But both were rescued, and Judy spent the rest of her life with Frank. She became the war's only official canine POW, and after she died at age 14, Frank couldn't bring himself to ever have another dog. Their story - of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances - is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.

©2015 Robert Weintraub (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"No Better Friend personifies the relationship we all aspire to have with our dogs, and takes us on a harrowing journey to a place and time lost in the history books. A must read for every dog or animal lover." (Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse)

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    "Opinion, No Better Friend"

    I had read a recommendation for this book, a brief one, and my being a dog lover, was looking forward to listening to the tales of this English Pointer. I was so surprised that this far exceeded the story of a resilient, intelligent dog. The history of this part of the world during WWII I wasn't aware of existing. The Bridge Over The River Kwai everyone from my generation is familiar with, but the POW's utilized, and tortured as slave labor building the railroad across Sumatra I was not. It is clear this book has been meticulously researched, and the reading of it was excellent. The trials and tribulations of this remarkable dog, and all of the humans she so positively impacted, is story for any generation. I could not recommend this audio or printed book more.
    Sincerely,
    Sam Thompson

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    Ray Massey 06-03-15
    Ray Massey 06-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "More of a History lesson than story"
    Would you try another book from Robert Weintraub and/or Dan Woren?

    I don't think so. i bought the book because I love stories about dogs. Of the 14 or so hours of this book, probably not more than two are about the dog and owner. I have not finished the book yet but I am well into the second portion and have finally got to the point where the owner and dog meet up. It has been a struggle to get this far.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Waiting for Robert Crais new book.


    What about Dan Woren’s performance did you like?

    The book was performed well.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think I might have liked an abridged version better. I do like the stories where the dog is involved.


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    "Story rambles on"

    The story rambles on and very little about the relationship between man and dog. So bored with it, I couldn't finish the book.

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    Lori A Kaup-Beale 08-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible..."

    An incredible story that delves deep into the history of the loyal devotion between an man and his dog during WW2.

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    Phothus CA 06-12-16
    Phothus CA 06-12-16 Member Since 2014

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    "One of best Audible books"

    This book was just so good. If you love dogs then this book is an absolute must read. It really gets to you

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    Amazon Customer 04-04-16

    Ok I am addicted to Audible.

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    "heart filled story"

    if you don't love dogs now you will after this book. Dogs make a house a home and a country a civilization.

    Makes me wonder who saved who from the wild?

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    Denny E. Wagoner 03-01-16 Member Since 2008

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    "A Liver Pointer and his Guardian"

    I have read and listened to countless books. I have read many accounts of the bond between a man and his dog. The story of Judy her love and support of her master and support to
    mankind over 14 years during war, prisoner camps, and surviving Japanese inhumane punishment is one for the ages. Anyone reading this book can not ignore what we owe the canine animals and be vigilant in the
    care of the homeless animals that cannot speak for themselves.
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    Reading Mom 02-04-16
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    "Love this book"

    I am not a history person but I love this Pointers. I learned so much about the war and the awful treatment the POWs suffered via the Japanese. This book would have made me interested in history had I read it when I was a teen! Love & recommend this book to anyone, any age!

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    Ellen COLCHESTER, CT, United States 01-28-16
    Ellen COLCHESTER, CT, United States 01-28-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"

    What a great story of love and bravery - of the dog Judy and all of the men who lived through the horrors of war. Everything about the book was great

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    Sherry Foster 06-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good War History - Great Judy Stories"

    Because this an audio book, I listened to the very detailed war stories I otherwise would have skipped over to get to the amazing 'Judy' stories. Riveting - very engaging!

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