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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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    Booklover Florida USA 08-22-12
    Booklover Florida USA 08-22-12

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    "Definite All-time Favorite!!!"

    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!!!

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    Mariteje Trinidad, Colorado 08-20-12
    Mariteje Trinidad, Colorado 08-20-12 Member Since 2008

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    "For dog lovers only"
    What would have made A Dog's Purpose better?

    I don't know. I expected a fun story with dogs and people.


    What could W. Bruce Cameron have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not been so cutesy.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George K. Wilson?

    No.


    What character would you cut from A Dog's Purpose?

    All of them.


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    J. Roderick 08-15-12
    J. Roderick 08-15-12

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    "Couldn't Suspend my Disbelief"

    I kept thinking about the theory that memory formation is dependent on the development of language and the concept of "thinking in pictures". These twin distractions prevented me from enjoying the book. The fault probably lies with me and not the author. Oddly, the concept of canine re-incarnation didn't make me pause, but I couldn't get past the doggy narration.

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    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-12-12
    Dana Surprise, AZ, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a busy mom who loves to listen to books. Mostly I listen on my way to and from work.

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    "My new favorite book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I sure would. The story was amazing and the reader of the book was so good. It kept me interested the whole time. Could hardly stop listening.


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

    He has a strong voice and I enjoyed the enthusaism in his readings.


    If you could rename A Dog's Purpose, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change it. The title was perfect.


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    brad goodman birmingham, alabama USA 08-12-12
    brad goodman birmingham, alabama USA 08-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"
    Where does A Dog's Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A Dog's Purpose is definitely my favorite audio book I have ever listened to. I loved it so much that I forced my parents into listening to it on the car ride from home to North Carolina. It was an even better audio book than nook book, mSot defiantly! I give this book two thumbs up/5 stars!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the dog. If you enjoyed this book or think that you will enjoy it, consider getting the sequal, as well.


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

    No, I have not listened to any other preformances by Wilson, but how could they be as wonderful?! I really want to know!!


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

    I think that the most memorable character was Ethan. He was still mentioned and remembered in the next book, too.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book to steal your emotions and give you tidal waves of happiness and heart breaking love and saddness, this is the book tor you. I have never looked at my dog, Sandy, in the same way since, especial because she is the same breed as Baily. Over all, if you want something from a book, cances are you'll find it in this! Note: beware! There are some cusses/curses/swear words in this book! Try not to let the tots hear some of these words!

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    D. Evans Central New Jersey 08-12-12
    D. Evans Central New Jersey 08-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful story -- makes you appreciate your pets"

    I had no idea what to expect. I just chose this book on a whim and I'm happy I did.

    I was brought to tears and to laughter. I was anxious and upset at times, happy at others. Such a moving story. A dog's life, written from the dog's perspective and very well done. I don't want to give too much away. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a pet.

    I simply loved this book. I couldn't stop listening, and was sad when it was over.

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    James R. Gwartney Jackson, TN 08-09-12
    James R. Gwartney Jackson, TN 08-09-12

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    "Great story!"

    Fantastic story idea with clever characters. My first audiobook and I couldn't be more pleased.

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    Amazon Customer United States 08-07-12
    Amazon Customer United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Must read if you love your dog"

    Life, or should I say lives, through a dogs eyes. This is a good book. The story made me laugh and cry, which I love, and makes me love my wonderful "good" dog even more.

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    Kristina WINONA, TX, United States 07-31-12
    Kristina WINONA, TX, United States 07-31-12
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    "A must listen if your a dog lover!"
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    I hadn't ever purchased anything from this author but on a whim decided it was worth a listen. I wasn't disappointed. The narrator did a good job with voices and the authors character development throughout the book was well done. Its one I will listen to again.

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    Cheryl-Ann Canada 07-30-12
    Cheryl-Ann Canada 07-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful!"
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    No matter if I am listening to a book or reading one, rarely am I brought to tears one moment and then find myself laughing out loud the next yet A Dogs Purpose did just that! A Dog's Purpose is delightful, insightful and quirky. I simply loved it!

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