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A Dog's Purpose Audiobook

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

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?
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Audible Editor Reviews

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

Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 05-31-12
    Molly NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Opinionated redhead who uses audiobooks to make L.A. traffic bearable.

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    What did you love best about A Dog's Purpose?

    I absolutely loved the author's take on the dog's point of view. I can totally imagine my own dogs thinking the same way as the dog in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is excellent and the story line so unique--not tired at all, which is what I expected from a "dog book." I was initially skeptical because I don't like books about animals much--I find that they're always so heart-wrenching and emotionally draining (because let's face it--the animal always dies)--but this book did it right. If you're a dog lover, you should really give this book a chance.

    I also want to commend the reader--his voice suits this book perfectly. It was a pleasure to listen to.

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    Jennie West Orange, NJ, United States 05-29-12
    Jennie West Orange, NJ, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Tearjerker"
    Where does A Dog's Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I ever read. It's absolutely beautiful, heartfelt and heartwrenching. If you have ever one a dog, you will cry your eyes out.


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    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 05-28-12
    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    Interesting concept of a dog going through several lifetimes. Hadn't heard that before. It seemed like several short stories, some real short, but worth in the entirety. Just another perspective explored.

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    Deborah L Sanford 05-22-12 Listener Since 2008
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone that owns a dog should read this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Purpose?

    When Buddy was reunited with his Ethan


    Have you listened to any of George K. Wilson???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first time. He has an amazing voice very easy to listen to


    Who was the most memorable character of A Dog's Purpose and why?

    The dog of course


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard a lot about this book and couldn't wait for it to come to audio and it was well worth the wait. Told from the dogs point of view it really gives an insight into what they think and feel and shows just how devoted they are to their humans

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    BBG 05-11-12
    BBG 05-11-12
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dog's Purpose the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and cry. An easy read.


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    Shelly Brush Prairie, WA, United States 04-27-12
    Shelly Brush Prairie, WA, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A dog lover's must read......."
    Where does A Dog's Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top ten.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried quite a few times and also laughed at the insight this dog had about his humans.


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    Good thing I was "listening" and not reading this one. I could not of seen the print through the tears. When Bailey took his last trip to the vet I had to turn my IPOD off because I knew what was coming and knew that I was going to relive my recent experience to help my precious German Shepard "Nine" move on to his next life. Through the tears I turned the story back on and so glad I did. Although sad, Bailey's transition gave me insight to "A Dogs Purpose" and am so glad I made that decision for my dear friend. I look at my sweet little Yorkies now in a whole different way and am always wondering what they are thinking of my moods, commands and actions. We have become even better friends now that I have read this book.

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    Brenda 04-25-12
    Brenda 04-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Touching.... Great Read"
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    This is a sneaky one, that is for sure. I enjoyed it much more that I thought that I would. Has some very good humor, and those moments that you need a box of tissues. Great listen !

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    R. Hill Eagle Mountain, Utah 04-23-12
    R. Hill Eagle Mountain, Utah 04-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What a great book!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Purpose?

    There are so many. We have an older dog and a puppy and listening to this book with my kids, they are constantly comparing the funny actions and thought to our own dogs. We are all getting a new perspective on why dogs do what they do. The author does such an amazing job, you forget that it isn't actually written by a dog.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator does such a great job putting emotion and character into the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    My kids are so into this book they often ask if we can sit in the garage and keep listening just a bit longer.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is both touching and hilarious, you won't regret this choice.

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    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Sharon Oakland, CA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My All-time Favorite Book - So Meaningful"

    This is the best book I have read in a long time and the one that I recommend to anyone looking for a book that will move them. This book was heart-tugging, lovely, exciting and sweet. I cried and cheered on the characters.

    This book is written from the perspective of the dog. For anyone who has lost a pet in their life - don't shy away...jump in with both feet and you will be glad you did. It gives you a new perspective and will make your heart sing. I promise.

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    Lauren 04-16-12
    Lauren 04-16-12

    I love to read, and I'm thrilled to get to listen to books this way- I can fit in much more reading time on a daily basis- thanks audible!

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    "Wonderful, emotional, for any dog lover"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dog's Purpose the most enjoyable?

    The dog's perspective and personality are so great and realistic, I laughed and cried.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You feel Bailey/Ellie/Buddy's emotions so thoroughly while you're hearing him/her think, it's just a very emotional experience of reading it.


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