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)
If you want a book that is sickly sweet and overly simplistic, written by someone who is not all that knowledgeable about dogs, this is your book. Otherwise, skip this one.
Occasionally my youngest daughter and I will find a book to listen to simultaneously on our devices...its a great way to connect and share...we loved this book...we laughed and still talk about things from the book..when they relate to our dog! The first couple of chapters were tough, but get through them and it gets much better!!!!
Definitely a must for any animal lover-it's going in my favorites folder. This is one you find yourself taking the long way home so you can listen to more.
I truly enjoyed this book. Not sure how it would have been to read it, but the narrator really gave life to the dog as he went through his lives of reincarnation. I saw so many characteristics of dogs I have known in my life in this book. Really gave a cute perspective from the animal's side. I felt this book brought in so many emotions especially if you are a dog lover. Good listen!
If you love dogs you will like this book. Its so great to hear life from a dog's point of view. Every life the dog has is sweet and will make you laugh and cry.
I loved this book. Just make sure you have tissues handy. It was slightly embarrassing walking my dogs through the neighborhood with tears streaming down my face. George Wilson did a great job narrating.
I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry. It had a wonderful way of letting you see how a dog thinks. If you love dogs than you will enjoy this book.
It took a bit to really get into the dogs body but once I mangaed that, it gave such a unique perspective and I thoroughly enjoyed the story.Laughed, cried, and smiled a lot.
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