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)
You almost thought the dog was talking and telling the story.
It was sad in parts but got over it so fast you were on to another
Bailey and the boy....it was beautiful and made you believe that dogs do have great ideas.
you thought it was the dog telling the story.
most of it. He brought out all the different parts of dog ownership. dog horders, childreds dogs, people that don't deserve dogs, search and rescue dogs.
any animal person would love this.
If you liked Marley and Me you are going to love this book. I didn't know what to expect when my wife suggested it and when it started I was afraid it was going to be corny. Then.. as I listed I realized that this was so much about a real dog and what many go through that as he/she moved on, it changed my whole viewpoint of a dogs life, action and purpose.
Now, when I see a dog, young and old, I think of this book. To me, this is required reading/listening for every dog owner.
Oh... you'll need to get out the tissue.. its enough to bring a big man to tears at times.
I did not read the print version.
I would say it is similar to 'Marley & Me'.
When she was Ella, the K9 dog.
I would take out the senior, older Ethan because I would like to know how he felt about Bailey and how Bailey made an impact on his life, prior to dying.
I also think the narrator, George Wilson, did a great job. He made me believe the characters through his voice.
This book is right on top of my list of favorites I have listened to, I almost imagine I wouldn't have loved it as much if I read it.
No, I haven't but if I have a chance I sure will.
When I was done with this audiobook, I wanted more, I couldn't stop telling everyone about it, dog lover or not, I think everyone would love it as much as I did.
I'm still in aww of the story.
He thinks this?
Other books that come from a dogs view, "Racing in the Rain", "Marley and Me", "The story of Edgar Sawtelle"
I went into this with fear of having to face the dogs eventual death. why? I have lost one dog in the past 6 months an have another very old dog and surmised this would happen and probably feared it?? So I could not enjoy the book. It is not usually me so can't understand my reluctance.
My wife and I love dog characters. This book was far too simplistic, basically written at the level of a dog. A pragmatic exploration of, for example, why the dog barks.
We loved Susan Wilson's "One Good Dog" and "The Dog Who Danced" or Kevin Hearne's Oberon in the Iron Druid Series. A Dog's Purpose was absolutely not for this human!
I don't know if I could. It was an amazing book but I don't think my heart could take it again.
If dogs could write I truly believe that this is how they would do it.
He was perfect. His expression and tone reminded my of my dog exactly.
I have never come close to crying in a movie but when baily died I started to cry driving home.
I accidentally listened to the sequel to this one (A Dog's Journey) first but enjoyed both books--even in the wrong order. I am an avid reader but believe the audio book made the book more alive. I recommend both of them to folks who love those smiling, waggy tailed family members.
There are too many dog names to remember..
There were tears followed by smiles and laughter.
I laughed. I cried. No, really. I did. What a great book. I love, love, loved this book. Did I mention I loved this book?
This is a story of a dog's journey to figure out his purpose. Every time he thinks he has it figured out, something changes. It is definitely a book written by a dog lover for fellow dog lovers. Cameron captures the essence of those wonderful creatures who have chosen to become our companions, regardless and in spite of our imperfections.
I listed to this audio book and the narrator, George K. Wilson, does a wonderful job. Not only does he differenciate the different characters, but he manages to instill the right tone and emotion into the words of the author. He even manages to make you realize that Ethan has grown up and/or aged simply by his voice.
I can not say enough about this book. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who has ever shared their life with a dog. This book should not be missed!!!
I don't know. I expected a fun story with dogs and people.
Not been so cutesy.
All of them.
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