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A Dog's Purpose Audiobook

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

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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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    BEH Kensington, MD 07-19-12
    BEH Kensington, MD 07-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up A Dog's Purpose in three words, what would they be?

    Every dog's story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bailey - How his expression of love were given


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Great Reader. Great ability to change his voice just slightly for the different characters.


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

    Sure - if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I love my dog even more after reading this - if that's even possible.

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    Mary Lou Stevens Woodbine, MD United States 07-14-12
    Mary Lou Stevens Woodbine, MD United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about A Dog's Purpose?

    The reader was so good...the book came to life!


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

    Too many to name...he brought all of the characters to life.


    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

    Of course the dogs!


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    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 07-12-12
    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 07-12-12

    “I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!

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    "Made me Laugh, Cry, Smile..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would defo recomment this audibook to a friend... It was so engaging and so spot on in terms of dogs, their family and the love between.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great writing, great narrating, very emotional, I was sad when it ended, but not for long because I had the sequile to start into.


    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

    The dog... In all his forms. Was supposed to be the centre and focus and he was, he was funny and sad and Mr. Wilson's emotional narration made it all real.


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

    Many, but when Bailey died, I actually cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. For someone to write a book that is so real about how a dog sees things, is an amazing job... Since we can't verbally understand each other, Mr. Cameron must have spent YEARS observing dogs and reading into their quirks and quarks.... He did a fantastic job! I am onto A Dog's Journey now then going to get Emmory's Gift too!
    Thank-you for sharing this with us!

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    golli-1112 07-10-12
    golli-1112 07-10-12
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    "Endearing but not maudlin--perfect pitch!"

    This was a very different type of book for me to read, and it was a delight. I normally listen to my books when I'm traveling on the road for an hour or two, but I found myself listening to this as I drove around town. It's engaging, and the perspective and plot execution is novel. The narrator was spot on; kudos to him for imbuing our protagonist with humor, insight, puzzlement, and wonder. This is a tear-jerker, but in the nicest way possible. Do not let preconceived notions deter you from trying out this book!

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    Meredith 07-09-12
    Meredith 07-09-12
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    "Laugh out loud and cry like a goober in your car.."

    ... At least, that's what I did. What an uplifting, delicious book! By turn hilarious and heart wrenching. George Wilson *nailed* the narration. I can't imagine that reading this book in print form would be half as enjoyable as listening to his excellent narration. Thoroughly entertaining. Within 30 minutes of finishing this book, I recommended it to no less than 5 people. And one of them was a stranger in line behind me at the gas station.

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    Ed Oakland, CA, United States 07-09-12
    Ed Oakland, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    Any additional comments?

    My 8yr old son and I listed to this on a road trip. It was quite enjoyable.

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    Brenda M-W DeRoche 07-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dog lovers must read!"

    What a wonderful way to look at man "and women's" best friend. There were times that I laughed out loud and others where I was sobbing. It had a nice ending that I didn't expect. I am thrilled to see that there is a sequel. Can't wait to listen.

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    Cynthia Toledo, Spain 06-26-12
    Cynthia Toledo, Spain 06-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Hear the Soul of a Dog"
    Where does A Dog's Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite stories. A new twist on a Dog's purpose. To save us humans . . .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bailey of course. Although, Buddy did such a nice job of summarizing the lessons we teach our pets, Bailey's love for his boy was heartwrenching at time.


    Which character – as performed by George K. Wilson – was your favorite?

    Bailey. Mr. Wilson captured the many personalities of Bailey, even as Ellie, and gave him a voice in the way so many of us give a voice to our own pets. His love, frustration, desperation, sadness and sheer joy was expressed in every word.


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

    Although Bailey or Ethan might be most obvious picks, I had a particular affection for Senora. Senora's love of her dogs and the lengths she went to to rescue as many stray animals as she could has stuck with me. Her desperation at the thought of losing her beloved rescue dogs to the county was heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Told from the perspective of a dog who learns lessons through his lives, Tobey, Bailey, Ellie and eventually Buddy remind us why dogs are man's best friends. This is the story that what we who love dogs and who believe our dogs have saved US, wish our dogs could tell us. This story helps to answer the questions we ask when we look at our dogs and wonder, "what is he thinking? what does he know? what does he understand? Why do you love me?" I laughed, I cried. I had to say goodbye to my beloved Sammy, a 13-year old poodle-terrier mix who saved my life, midway through this book. I had to put it down and take a break. And when I picked I up again, I cried and laughed again, and was reminded of the joy that my Sammy brought to me, every day of his life.

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    Brenda Ingles 06-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "If you love dogs or a good emotional story,,,,"

    I loved this audiobook. The narrator was very good. The author definitely knows and loves dogs and is adept at communicating the different relationships that develop between dogsand humans. I rarely get emotional reading or listening to books, but this one had me literallly in tears more than once, but in a good way. Suspend your beliefs about the afterlife, at least as it applies to dogs, and enjoy a really good book.

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-11-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2008

    I am retired and I love having more time for audio books. I also enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and genealogy.

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    "A genuinely good dog story!"

    This is a very well crafted dog story. I usually have trouble with animal stories, as I hate to listen to stories with bad things that happen to animals--but dogs always die in stories and in real life, right?. This story brought tears to my eyes several times, but somehow I knew it would be all-right and our hero would be back. Somehow, I felt taken care of by the author, as silly as that might sound. Wilson is an excellent narrator for this story. If I were to have one tiny complaint, it is that the narration ended very abruptly, even though I was aware it was the end of the book.
    If you like dog stories, this is a great one, and I highly recommend it.

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