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One Good Dog | [Susan Wilson]

One Good Dog

Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.
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Publisher's Summary

Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe”. He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam’s sister has been missing for decades...that she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind...and that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses the life he’s worked so hard to achieve. He doesn’t believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service.

But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where his life will intersect with Chance. Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He’s been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance’s unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam. What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other—in ways they never could have expected.

©2010 Susan Wilson (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Chance tells his story in his own words, which makes his mistreatment and return to the fighting pit powerfully disturbing. Combined with Wilson's unflinching portrayal of Adam's struggle to overcome his past, Old Yeller's got nothing on this very good man and his dog story." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Stef 09-12-14
    Stef 09-12-14 Member Since 2015

    The youngest participant in this family project is now in the box.

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    "Finishes Strong"

    This book began so slowly I came close to giving up on it. Adam Marsh's meltdown; the act that sets this whole story in motion was done in slow motion and with more detail than is imparted in The Odyssey. The characters aren't particularly well balanced for the most part; particularly for the first three quarters of the book. What saves this book is Adam's growth of character and the relationship between him and Chance the rescue dog. Well, that and the improvement in the relationship between Adam and his daughter Ariel; both of them growing as people as well as father and daughter. If you're able to get through the first couple of chapters it's a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-27-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2010

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    "a funny, heart-warming story with a great dog"

    This story was fun from start to end. This is the tale about the fall and redemption of Adam, a middle aged man, and his adopted rescue dog, where the gimmick is that about 25% of the story is narrated by the dog. I enjoyed both parts equally. The dog is a pit bull and former fighter. The man, Adam, is a wealthy, arrogant, entitled businessman who loses his job, home, and family, and is sentenced by a judge to perform community service at a soup kitchen. The dog, Chance, is his unexpected life saver. Adam's past and present have many interesting story threads, making this an emotional and fast-moving story. My only compliant is that it was so short, and I hated it to end so soon. This is a simple story that tugs at the heart, and totally works. At least it did for me. The reader who does the dog is great. The third person narrator, telling the story from Adam's perspective, is adequate and easy to listen to. I admit that I am a dog person, but the story has so many elements that make it fun beyond the great dog personality. I do not rate many books a 5, but I didn't have to think twice before assigning that top rating to this novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 05-09-13
    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Beautiful Story!"
    What did you love best about One Good Dog?

    There is nothing quite so engaging as a love story between dog and man.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Every character in the book was real to me so difficult to say which one I liked best.


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Christina Delaine ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Oh yes, it made me cry for sure, very emotional


    Any additional comments?

    If you are an animal lover a must read and if you are not, still a must read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-11-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2013

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "Amazing! For those who have that "One Good Dog".."

    What a fantastic story- this is the type of story and performance that I can never get enough of.... I laughed, I cried, I smiled.... I thanked the stars above for my own amazing/precious/priceless "good" dog!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 04-19-12
    Loves to Listen Upland, CA 04-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I didn't want it to end!"

    I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I laughed, cried and cheered. Absolutely a book I will listen to again. I'll be looking for more by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-07-12
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    "I loved this story"
    If you could sum up One Good Dog in three words, what would they be?

    touching
    moving
    identifyable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the Dog- Chance
    I owned a Bull Terrior and i could visualize him In his cage, set free, and the rest without giving away the story


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Rick Adamson ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    It made me cry - I could identify with Adam and visualize the dog. i could feel the way they gelled, I could feel the pain each one experienced - loved it


    Any additional comments?

    a must listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jazmin Witrago Castro Valley, CA 01-02-12
    Jazmin Witrago Castro Valley, CA 01-02-12

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    "I was very moved by this story"
    What made the experience of listening to One Good Dog the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book because it was very well read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story got my attention thanks to the way the characters grow through out the story.


    What does Fred Berman and Rick Adamson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Listening to this book it was almost like watching a movie for me. The performers really nailed the characters and made them alive.


    If you could rename One Good Dog, what would you call it?

    The Good Dog


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 12-23-11
    Karen San Marcos, CA, United States 12-23-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "One Good Dog"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam


    Have you listened to any of Fred Berman and Rick Adamson ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This book I could not put down. It was so depressing but kept me wanting to listen to more and more. Once Chance and Adam became friends, I was beyond addicted. My heart broke for both their difficult lives and I still can not stop thinking of this book. So well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Holbrook coastal North Carolina 12-11-11
    Karen Holbrook coastal North Carolina 12-11-11 Member Since 2009

    Dixie Kangaroo

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    "more about a man than a dog"
    What made the experience of listening to One Good Dog the most enjoyable?

    This is a wonderful book about redemption. Adam lost his high power job after he blows up at his secretary. He needs to come to terms with his past. Community service work helps him find his way back.


    What other book might you compare One Good Dog to and why?

    The good pig


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dogs huddled under the bridge in the snow storm


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

    the dog fighting descriptions made my skin crawl


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    margaret 10-26-11
    margaret 10-26-11 Member Since 2014

    I am married ( 26 years and counting!), I have two children a boy 16 and a girl 21. I love reading, gardening, knitting, art! People who say they would be bored when they retire just don't know themselves very well! I, on the other hand can't wait to have the time to do more of the things I truly love! Maybe write a book, a dream I have always had of doing!

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    "A book of hope"
    If you could sum up One Good Dog in three words, what would they be?

    Anger, struggle, joy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The theme that we all are delt blows, sometimes through our own stupidity; but growth in our soul happens when we least expect it!


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman and Rick Adamson – was your favorite?

    The dog!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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