Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time Audiobook | Jim Gorant | Audible.com
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Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time | [Jim Gorant]

Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time

Today, Wallace is a champion; but in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bull-breeding operation. Then Andrew “Roo” Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo could immediately see that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Roo and his wife franticly fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him - even though they already had two dogs.
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Publisher's Summary

Today, Wallace is a champion; but in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bull-breeding operation. Then Andrew “Roo” Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo could immediately see that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Roo and his wife franticly fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him - even though they already had two dogs.

Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive dog Frisbee. It seemed like a terrible idea; large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful, pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs aren’t. But that was fine with Roo - because part of his mission was to change people’s minds about pit bulls. Overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair persevered to become world champions.

Movingly told by best-selling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhere - and help rescue this popular breed’s unfairly tarnished reputation.

About the author: Jim Gorant has worked as a magazine editor and writer for 20 years and is currently a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. His work has appeared in such magazines as Men’s Health, GQ, and Outside. He is also the author of The New York Times best seller The Lost Dogs. He lives in New Jersey.

©2012 Jim Gorant (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Having detailed the fate of Michael Vick's dogs in the heartrending and immaculately researched New York Times bestselling The Lost DogsSports Illustrated senior editor Gorant describes the life story of another pit bull - Wallace, a rescue dog who went on to win or place impressively in dozens of local, national, and international doggie disc-catching competitions. The aim, though, was to clear up misunderstandings about the breed while letting Wallace have some fun.” (Library Journal)

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    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 11-28-12
    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I am the girlfriend to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys and two overly cautious girl cats, the Manager, Operations and Knowledge Support Services at CAMH, a blogger, a reader, a business owner, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a neice, a cousin, a twitter lady for The Puppy Rescue Mission... AND VERY TIRED! LOL!!!!

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    "I Have Never Been so sad When a Book Ended."
    What did you love best about Wallace?

    I just really wanted to keep listening to story after story of Wallace and Roo's triumphs. I just didn't want this book to end!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wallace of course.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No sorry I have not!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When to cheer for the underdog!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Des Moines, IA, United States 12-02-12
    Rachel Des Moines, IA, United States 12-02-12
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    "Loved It"

    I loved the story of Wallace, hearing the fight his people put in for him and the message of positive PET ownership

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Southwick, MA, United States 10-08-12
    Tracy Southwick, MA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "AWESOME Book for anyone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have spread the word about this book to everyone. As a Pit Bull advocate, I was so excited to listen to a true story of a positive nature concerning Pit Bulls. I love the breed and fight hard every day for them. EVERYONE should read this wonderful and true story of a win for the breed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    it was all too good to pick any part as a favorite


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    it was just an awesome book throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear a story that would continue with the Yori's about Hector. I've met one of the other Vick dogs and the positive change in these dogs would be wonderful to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MO, United States 04-05-13
    James Springfield, MO, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Roo and his dog"

    Put a dog in a story and I will automatically give it an extra star. Make the dog the star and well. I love dogs and I have owned two dogs who were mixed breeds that had Pit Bull in them. Of all the dogs I have owned those two are in the top three with a Great Dane mix I owned. All the dogs I have owned are mixed with the exception of one Wired Haired Fox Terrier.

    Did you know that in the early 1900's Pit Bulls were nicknamed Nanny Dogs in Britain. That the dog in Little Rascals was a Pit, picked because of his ability to get along with kids. It is terrible that we have turned this breed's reputation around through dog fighting.

    All dog lovers will like this book. I do not believe that non dog lovers will like the book. It is just not that compelling of a story the way it is written. Marley and Me is still the best book in this genre. Marley and Me is a funny book as well as a tear jerker, and should appeal to a larger audience.

    If you like reading about competitions, then you will like this book. Matter of fact this book seems to be more about competitions then anything else. It also seemed to be more about Roo, the owner, then about the dog. Roo is a driven competitor who seemed to push the dog, when all the dog wanted to do was play. Roo was out to prove something and Roo has a large chip on his shoulder. The last half of the book is a list of all the tournaments they went to and how well they did. This was exciting at times and redundant at others.

    I recommend this to dog lovers and sport lovers, but not to non dog people. If you have not read Marley and Me, by John Grogan, it is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie Staples Pasadena, Texas 01-03-13
    Kristie Staples Pasadena, Texas 01-03-13

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    "great book"
    Where does Wallace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wallace?

    his whole story is such an inspiration


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    just sounds very clear and understandable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    you will be inspired


    Any additional comments?

    what a great book and story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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