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A Dog's Purpose Audiobook
A Dog's Purpose
Written by: 
W. Bruce Cameron
Narrated by: 
George K. Wilson
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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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    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 04-16-12
    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "If you've ever been loved by a dog...."

    ...and then lost that dog, you will find this book absolutely wonderful. Beautifully written, beautifully read. Thank you.

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    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 04-10-12
    Elaine Sumas, WA, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2015

    I'm 66. I've read Audiobooks now for 6 years. After an assault, I had minor brain damage and couldn't read. Audible got me back to books

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    "If you love dogs"

    This is a delightful book. One of those stories that draw you back for another read. A story about a special dog and a special relationship. A Dog's Purpose is told from the dog's viewpoint and all the more touching. Don't miss this. A must buy.

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    diane Cardiff, CA, United States 04-09-12
    diane Cardiff, CA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Yes the dog dies, but the story is worth it!"

    I loved this story!!!! While it is rough to listen to the tough parts of this dog's life, life isn't only worthwhile when everything is smooth and easy. This dog deepens in his/her character through the rough and lovely things that he experiences. Humans would do well to learn the lessons that are present in this story. My favorite aspect of the narrative, however, is the dog's explanation of dog behavior. Aggression, submission, protection are all played out in terms that make me look at my dogs much differently.

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    Debbie 03-30-12
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    "love love love"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Purpose?

    without spoiling - the very end of the book - a dog's purpose and what he decides it is.


    If you could take any character from A Dog's Purpose out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Buddy - although impractical - for all his wisdom he has gained in 44 years.


    Any additional comments?

    Whether you are a dog lover or not - you will be after listening to this book. This is one of the most heart-felt and intelligent books I have ever listened to. And as I usually listen to books as I drive - one of the few that have no sections I prefer to not listen to with all my children in the car. Actually - I encouraged them to read the book for the life lessons it teaches in such a genuine way. LOVED the book.

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