Veteran actor Nicholas Bell brings his modest British accent to Walking Ollie, Stephen Foster’s account of learning how to love a very difficult dog. Ollie is a Lurcher pup at a re-homing center when Foster walks in and falls for him. He brings Ollie home, does some research on what a Lurcher does, and proceeds to find that Ollie has no intention of obeying the instincts of his breed. It seems that Ollie’s goal - nicely narrated in Bell’s deadpan - is to test the patience of his owner. But patience tested is sometimes love gained, and this great dog book is ultimately the story of that heartwarming transition.
Entertaining short story, brilliantly narrated by Nicholas Bell.
You lose your marbles when you've got a dog; that's what happens...
One winter's afternoon, Stephen Foster walks into a dog re-homing center with the intention of picking up a retired greyhound. Instead, he acquires an abandoned lurcher pup. Foster's knowledge of dogs is so vague that he has to look up 'lurcher' in key reference work The Giant Book of the Dog, to find out what sort of animal is coming to join the family. His research counts for little: the new arrival does not conform to any known breed standard, or indeed any standard whatsoever that might be considered dog-normal.
Walking Ollie is for anyone who has ever loved a dog - a touching, and often hysterically funny, account of one man's attempt to turn a decidedly difficult animal into something resembling a domestic pet.
©2008 Stephen Foster; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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"Shame about the reader"
Good story, spoilt by the strange inflection of the reader, who paused. In all the wrong places.
"Lovely book and short story"
Yes, I found this book very easy to listen to. Throughly enjoyed it
Ollie off course!
Yes, I could easily have listened to this in one afternoon
"A good listen!"
It was a fun, lighthearted story about a 'naughty' pup, and I enjoyed listening to it. It did get a bit slow in the middle and it probably didn't need to be as long as it was (although it was quite a short book anyway) but it was the typical 'naughty dog' type of story you would expect - a bit of fun!
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