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
"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)
Wow....what a good book...from the very beginning you were drawn in and just kept getting better and better as you got into it. Really makes you stop and think about your own life...you can put yourself in the character....and hopefully come out a better person, LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending....this is a must read book!
When I started this book, I didn't think that I would enjoy it as much as the other books I read that center around dogs. I thought that the story would center too much around the owner of the dog but I was pleasantly surprised. It did take a while to see the bond between man and dog form but the story helped explain why that is. All in all, I enjoyed the story and appreciated the switch of narrators between man and dog. This gave me insight into both the man's and the dog's perspective. As I listened to the story, the narrators did a great job of giving life to the variety of characters in the story. Once again, I would recommend this story to animal lover's everywhere.
I loved this book, the story about how one dog made a man see the world differently and look at people differently was inspiring, I cried, I laughed, I could not put the book down, I had to continue until I knew what happened.
When I finished it I had tears, mostly of joy. Lots of trials and tribulations for both dog and his man. The dogs story told along with his man is heartbreaking, then joyous, and heartbreaking again. His man's story includes many people and his interactions with them. I can not remember a story told quite this way. Well worth the listen, especially as a dog lover and are not most of us.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I liked this book, then I didn't like this book, and then I liked it again. The story is pretty predictable. There are a lot of Cliches and trite comments throughout. I just about stopped reading it, and then at the end it sucked me in, and I ended up liking it. I actually cried at the end. Dog stories! They always get you where you live. I am giving it three stars because I totally think it is worth reading, but it is not all that well written. I mean, it has its moments where the writing is pretty good, but overall, I found it lacking. Also, there is way too much swearing for me. It is just soooo unnecessary. It is like this author says, "Well, no one will take me seriously if I don't put in a bunch of junky language, so here goes . . ." Boring!!! Word to wise and future authors: Don't add swear words just for the sake of adding swear words. It is unbecoming.
There are two narrators, one who is the general narrator, and one who is the dog. Both were adequate, neither was just outstanding. I did not mind listening to them, but they were not compelling.
I struggled with the book initially. I felt it was long-winded and struggled to keep my mind from wandering. One understands that the main character is not intended to be pleasant, but he did not have to be boring. Then the main character had his fall and things improved a lot. Throughout I thought the parts with the "good" dog as narrator were excellent: quite novel and perfectly believable for a dog. In addition, the ending is something Ms Wilson can be proud of.
I am surprised that this book has not gotten more attention. One Good Dog is easy to get into and I didn't want to stop listening as it moves along comfortably predictable without the sentimentality that often slithers its way into dog books. "Predictable" isn't meant to be a negative.
There are two stories entwined into one -- the story of Adam March???s fall from grandeur and the story of a mixed Pitt Bull???s rise to the status of pet. The story takes the listener first through what happens in human terms and then changes to the situation through the eyes and thoughts of the Pitt Bull. The narrative from the dog's view was great -- I can picture his looks and can imagine him actually thinking that way.
I love books that speak with a dog's voice. But, it has to be real -- at least as real as my mind makes it. Susan Wilson has accomplished this with charm and grace. The story moves logically and with honest emotions. Character development is superb. I usually choose books of 15+ hours and am so glad I didn't miss this one.
This book made my list based on wonderful reviews; also because I've enjoyed the Chet and Bernie books. I know dog fighting exists and have owned bully breeds. I was completely engaged and understand the life lesson that was learned by the man in the story...but for cryin' out loud, I certainly didn't need that last bit. I was already on board with hating the people doing the dog fights early in the book...didn't need to be beat -over-the-head with it at the end. Oh well...I'm still angry with the ending of "Old Yeller"...so maybe I'm just too shallow and need that happy ending. I didn't finish the book; knew where it was going and was too invested in it to want to be there at the end.
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