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)
Excellent, spiritual, emotional
Buddy because he sums up the entire book.
The last time he is a puppy.
I've recommended this book to several of my friends including my minister for a possible reference for use in an upcoming sermon.
I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well
The novel is in the dog's voice, and you get to really love this animal.
If you like dogs, or if you like the Chet and Bernie novels (Dog on it, etc.) you need to prepare for a more serious side of dogs. But this novel, have no doubts, is very much about how deep dogs love us.
A really good narrator fades into the background, and Wilson does that so well, you forget that the dog is not telling this tale.
Oh, no question that it would be the dog, in any of the incarnations.
Be prepared for a really great book, one that goes deeper into what matters in life than you expect. But it is also a really fun book, very well narrated.
In the end I liked this book. It had a slow start and I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but I'm glad I did.
family tree buff
I have recommended this book to so many people, including my daughter and everyone has thanked me.
I haven't listened to his other books but his narration in this book was outstanding.
Why we love our dogs
...that has changed the way I relate to dogs. The author does a fantastic jobs weaving together what the dog hears and what the dog understands. And the dog's vocabulary is awesome!
I really loved the story. It was interesting to hear how the Dog's life change.. It was sad & happy. So worth reading.
I liked the way the story was told from dog's perspective--that added a lot of humor.
Anyone that liked
Listened to this on a road trip to visit the family. Kept me awake and entertained, and even made my wife and I laugh, tear up, and everything in between. =)
Not too much.
I wanted to kill the neighbor. Made me wish some kids had leashes
Yes, if they liked dogs. However this is more than a dog story. It is a story of a dog's rebirth and purpose in life.
When Bailey first meets The Boy.
Bailey, Your Such A Wonderful Dog In Your Next Life You Deserve To Be A King!
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