Using his special charms and gifts of persuasion, Todd encourages his whole community to help in the "adopt a dog for Christmas program" and, more importantly, teaches his family the true meaning of goodwill.
©2008 Greg Kincaid; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm an admitted dog lover so that may have a part in my enjoyment of this book. That being said this is a heart warming book that reminds us how much happiness a dog can bring to our lives.
Professional artist and art instructor. I listen to audible books when I work on paintings, sew or do housework. I also fall asleep listening to audio books. I like mysteries history science fiction young adult and biographies.
I love animals and this story is about a special needs boy a shelter dog and a war hero father who has memories of a war dog who died in service protecting him. Made me cry but ends well.
This story is pretty short but I enjoyed it a lot. It definitely made me feel good. I saw the movie, which expanded on the story a bit. I like it as well.
I would certainly listen to this again.
When the wife asks the husband and when does Christmas end?
I would take Christmas out. He is one of our uncelebrated hero's.
Loved this book. It really highlighted how much pets impact our lives.
This is one of those feel good stories that warm the heart. A few lessons to be learned -- our lives can be enriched by animals; and our children are here to help us learn those lessons.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
The whole family. George, MaryAnn and Todd were great. They just worked together like a close knit family.
I didn't have a single character that was a greater favorite. I can't think of a better narrator either. The tones, the voice alterations and just the sentiment behind the words worked with Mark's performance. What a joy!
Christmas. A dog person will just understand. The credit in this book says something like 'For my wife, she has taught me so much - not the least of which is the value of a good dog'
Families who have dogs understand the values that dogs teach us - any day that ends with a bit of ball throwing/fetching is a good day, sofas are for snuggling, the outfit/haircut/makeup don't have to be perfect to be the perfect companion for a dog.
This is a short but exceptional story. It is perfect for this time of year and it is a perfect story for families. I wanted to listen all the way through but the day caught up with me and instead we went to bed with just over an hour left. While making breakfast we finished the story. We giggled about the story events as we let the dogs in then let the dogs out. By story end our dogs were curled up on the sofa ready for a mid morning nap.
A few of you may want a box of tissues but overall this is not a tear-jerker story, this is a feel good story with a good ending.
Dare I suggest that you give this book as a gift? It is awesome!
A frequent listener - mostly to mystery, police procedurals and science fantasy, with a few other bits and pieces thrown in. I live on a farm and run my own technical writing business, and listen to audiobooks while knitting and spinning yarn in my spare time.
Heartwarming Seasonal Listening
I enjoyed the animal theme to the story, because I'm a big animal lover. That said, there were many themes that appealed to me - family, love, understanding, sharing, compassion, and more.
Todd - he did a really good job of interpreting the personality of a challenged young man.
I smiled a lot - it just made me feel all "warm and fuzzy" inside.
Short but sweet - a really enjoyable, light story for the holidays. These kinds of stories get me through the winter blahs!
This book has it all - great dog story and great characters with a storyline that is good for all ages - young and old.
When the boy is given the job at the shelter.
Several times I cried but not a sad book.
Such a nice Christmas story that could have many people opening their hearts to our animal friends in need.
I would recommend this book to everyone. It is a heart touching and fun book to listen to. The reader is very good at portraying the characters.
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