Grab the tissues. This heart-warming novel told from a dog’s perspective is even more touching due to the pitch-perfect narration by George Wilson. Bailey starts out life as a mutt named Toby, but after a short existence is reincarnated into a golden retriever who finds a loving home with 8-year-old Ethan. Bailey loves Ethan eagerly and without bounds as only a dog truly can and believes that this must be his purpose; this must be why he was reborn. But after a long life with the boy, Bailey dies yet again and is reborn as a German Shepherd police dog. As Bailey ponders his new existence and what his new purpose must be, the bond he had with Ethan never wavers and he misses the boy desperately. “How could I possibly have a more important mission than loving the boy?” he wonders. Yet he begins the journey of life again, searching for its meaning, and always on the lookout for Ethan.
Wilson’s warm and buttery voice delivers Bailey’s thoughts with an earnest sincerity without overdoing it. He easily captures the excitement, innocence, and fierce loyalty of a dog in his tone. Listeners will be convinced that if their dogs could talk, they would sound exactly like this narrator. Wilson also expertly and subtly changes tone and pitch when portraying the human characters around Bailey his admirations (“Good dog, Bailey!”) and admonishments (“No, Bailey, no!”) have such emotion behind them, that you instantly empathize with Bailey and look forward to a human asking him if he wants to go for a “car ride” or have a “biscuit”.
Bailey’s observations on human life are naïve, yet clever, and often hysterically funny he’s like the Forrest Gump of the canine set. For fans of Marley & Me and The Art of Racing in the Rain, this is your new favorite dog book. Colleen Oakley
After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the story of a dog's many lives but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This beautifully crafted novel teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends arealways with us, and that every creature on Earth is born with a purpose.
©2010 W. Bruce Cameron (P)2010 Tantor
"The most accurate window into a dog's mind I have ever encountered. I couldn't put it down.... I feel like I have been waiting my whole life for this book." (Dina Zaphiris, host of Animal Planet's Petfinder)
A heartwarming, sensitive story. Every dog lover must read this. You will appreciate your best friend in many different ways. I liked the book so much, I gave several copies to friends as gifts.
This book was great! It was light enough to listen to on a long car ride, yet entertaining enough to fully capture my attention. I laughed, cried, and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I highly recommend this audio book!
I am not sure I can do justice, but quite simply...this is ranks in the top three best reads of all time for me. I don't think you have to be a "dog person" to enjoy and feel the depth of emotion -- but I'm not sure I can say that is fair as I grew up with my pup from a week after I was born until I was 16.
THank you Mr. Cameron and Mr. Wilson (narrator) for a truly unforgettable and moving experience
I loved this book. If I wasn't laughing, then I was crying. This is a book written with a unique perspective of humanity. Refreshing.
I loved this book, I don't have a dog, and wasn't sure how much i would enjoy this book. However, i went with the great ratings and found it absolutely delightful! an entertaining read , that engages you from the start. Plus the narrator does a great job of reading the dogs voice.
I am a huge fan of dog books and, after reading the superlative print reviews and enticing ads, I was thrilled to see this book available on audible.com. Unfortunately, after the first story about the feral puppy, Toby, the book became very predictable. I made it through Bailey, but I gave up with whatever dog it was that was left to its own devices in the apartment. It's too bad because the subject -- a dog's purpose -- could have made for some wonderful and insightful writing, like Merle's Door.
I felt obligated to post a review since I purchased it based on its 5 star sweep. I love dogs and dog books (Merle's Door, Through a Dog's Eyes, etc.). This book fell short in so many ways. I found the stories predictable. The dog and people characters stereotypical. And the narration (although the narrator's voice is fine) cliche. For example, the dog character goes through detail to explain things like snow, humans, etc., but then mentions things like sidewalks, sleds without having to describe them in excrutiating detail. I know that it would make for a boring book, but the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn do it so much better that it makes this book seem like it was written by a sixth grader. Which by the way, this book might be very suitable for kids, but then there's the horrible neighbor kid (who is such a rip-off of the neighbor kid for Disney's Toy Story movie, right down to the little sister).
I won't go on and on because it's obvious that some people love this book, but I don't think it's for everyone who likes dogs and dog books.
a great read for any animal lover and especially if you're a dog lover. you may shed a tear or two but the story will uplift your spirit and warm your heart.
I felt like a kid while curled up on the couch listening to these stories, and loved every minute of it. The narrator has a fantastic voice and style.
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