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A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans | [W. Bruce Cameron]

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

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?
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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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    "If you are dog lover, this book is for you!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Dog's Purpose the most enjoyable?

    Because I have owned dogs of these breeds, it was clear to me that the author really understood the differences in dogdom. My German Shepherd was a search and rescue dog like the one in this book, and could have been the full-on model for the voice in this dog. It made me miss my dearly departed dog, but it also made me marvel at how accurately depicted these animals were.


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

    The deaths brought tears of course but so did the amazing ending. Not to give it away, but the books just gets better and better as it goes. I could have listened for another 12 hours.


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

    George Wilson was fabulous. You really felt like the dog was talking. Never overdone, with just enough enthusiasm to be a golden, and just enough seriousness for a German Sheperd.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    THe book made me both laugh and cry. A great read! Worth every star.


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    Cynthia Hephzibah, GA, United States 10-10-11
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    This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. I loved the way I was able to see the world through dogs eyes. It made me laugh, smile and even get teary eyed. I definately recommend it.

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    Fred United States 10-08-11
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    "Great story!"

    This was a well written story that was quite enjoyable. It did have some unexpected turns, and a very positive ending. Enjoyed it immensely!

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    "Great story, amazing narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog's Purpose to be better than the print version?

    This is one of those great stories that is even better because of the narrator. I highly recommend giving this one a listen.


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    Cherrificus FORT SMITH, AR, United States 09-26-11
    Cherrificus FORT SMITH, AR, United States 09-26-11 Member Since 2013

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    "A joy to listen to"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book on a few trips I had to make to Oklahoma City for radiation treatments. Despite what I was going through this book helped to take my mind off of it. I laughed, I cried - went through the range of emotions. I absolutely loved it.

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    "Was Cameron a dog in a prior life?"

    Bruce Cameron does an amazing job of imagining what goes on in a dog's head. It has changed the way I interact with my fur baby - "What would Bailey like in this situation."

    I've wondered if some of my dogs have been through life a time or two. They come to you with a "been there, done that" style and are smart as whips. The author does an amazing job of capturing that thought and fleshing it out.

    Keep tissues at hand.

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    Rebecca Baltimore, MD, United States 09-22-11
    Rebecca Baltimore, MD, United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2014

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    I was completely wrapped up in this story! I couldn't stop listening! While there were certainly touching moments I was never complete heart broken or sobbing at the story (which is a good thing!) because it is more "touching" than "sad" and so very good. If you are a dog person (and even if you aren't...) to glimpse this animals devotion even just for a few pages is an amazing thing. I highly recommend this.

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    K. F. Adams Virginia Beach, VA 09-18-11
    K. F. Adams Virginia Beach, VA 09-18-11 Member Since 2014

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    "A Doggone Good Story!"

    If you are a dog lover, you MUST read this book. You will laugh, cry, smile, nod knowingly, and shake your head in anticipation of the dog's actions. Excellent story. One I'll never forget.

    Just confirmed what I believed about my "little shadow". I believe! I believe! Listen to this audio book; you won't be sorry. George Wilson's voice only helped to enhance this story. Can't wait to read Cameron's next book!

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    "A Great listen for all people who appreciate dogs!"

    The story seemed to "drag" a bit at first but I kept listening because it was a "dog story" and soon I couldn't shut it off! and when I finished I listened to the whole story again!! Mr.Cameron has a gift of incredible insight into the Dogs thinking. I do believe he has the whole "system" figured out! It has certainly helped answer some of my questions why some dogs seem to have "old souls", they just seem to "know" things. It is a shame we humans don't appreciate them more! I also wonder now about the horses purpose......

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

    The most memorable moment was when the pup found his boy again.


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

    The dog - in all his reincarnations - was my favorite character.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that dogs are reincarnated, since I have had the privilege of knowing two very special ones. It is pleasant to think that they may be bringing joy into the lives of others.

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