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)
I loved how this book was from the dog's perspective and how we got to see different kinds of dogs throughout the book. The story was so very heartwarming. If you have ever loved a dog or wanted to love a dog this is a book I think you would enjoy.
This is just a great weekend listen to gladden the heart.
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He put you right inside the dog's head and you experience the emotions of the dog.
All of it was moving I wouldn't have missed a second of it. Will listen to it again.
This was the perfect book; made you laugh, made you cry, made you sad and made you happy. I would highly recommend this book. I know I look at my dog differently now. Would rank it right up there as one of the best books I have read.
I would definitely listen again. It is a heartwarming story full of laughter and tears.
That it was written from the dogs point of view.
The dog of course! In its many reincarnations.
No. I wanted it to last a long time. I was sad when it was over. I enjoyed being immersed in the story.
I recommend the book to everyone.
Yes, I have! Every chance I get!!!
Absolutely WONDERFUL. Perfect as the voice of Toby/Bailey etc...What a wonderful narrator!! He made the book all the more wonderful!!
Laugh, cry, shout out in anger, gasp, hold my breath....just wonderful!!!
Listen to this, read this! I am on the second book right now and it is just as wonderful!!!
I gotta tell ya at first I though this book was for adolescents. However, it ended with just the opposite feeling. It connects with people who have lost both a best friend and a special relationship. I would recommend this story to anyone who has or has had that special bond; and to all who want to believe in the Rainbow Bridge.
The performance was excellent.
I don't want to give away the ending, but the story comes together very well in the end.
I have a dog named Toby, and my sister has a Bailey. A good friend just lost her "Buddy". So, all of them are my favorite character.
The title " A Dog's Purpose" is perfect I would not say anything else.
All of them.
Have a tissue close by there are parts that are hard to hear. But great ending.
I think it's kind of a sad story about a dog's trials and tribulation to find his purpose throughout several lifetimes.
No, I haven't listened to any other performances but I thought he did very well.
The dog because the story is about him and his people.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
Oh Yes! Even if you're not a "dog person" this is a great story. Its touching without being a tear- jerker.
So many, too many to choose. I guess when dog and boy(now man were reunited). Throughout the story the dog never forgets the boy and works tirelessly to return to him.
One of the more touching ones was the fire, and the boy' s near death experience.
LIke I said. So many. As the dog was re-encarnated many times. And each time he touches someone profoundly. The whole idea of that overall just moved me.
One to listen to over and over
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