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)
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.
I have grown to really love audio books for my long commute to and from work.
One Good Dog is an excellent story of how 2 troubled lives come together not knowing how much they need one another .The story gives a little bit of insight into the terrible world of dog fighting and how unfairly the American Pitbull is judged. I enjoyed the story and it reminded me of how much the dogs in our lives depend on us.
OT in the Garden
There are only a handful of books I've ever read that made me wish I'd never come to the end. This book is one of them. I will admit I'm a dog lover and every dog I've ever had was either a shelter dog or a dog that would otherwise have ended up in a shelter, so maybe I was primed for this tale. A few parts are very difficult to listen too--they describe pretty horrible acts by dogs instigated by horrible humans--but the book is truly a story of redemption--of dog and of human. I felt many different emotions as I listened to this book--and wanted more when I got to the end. I couldn't ask for more.
I started reading this book thinking that I wouldn't probably care for it due to the breed of dog for the subject, but I came to love this dog as much as Adam. I'm not going to give the end away, so I'm just going to say stay till the end. Great Book. Super narration. Loved it.
What a terrific story. I loved this book. There were so many themes that parallel my own life and issues I have dealt with. I'm sure many a listener will feel the same way. Here you experience the demise of both a human and a canine who find each other and reluctantly team up to climb out of their misfortune and find redemption through profound personal change. I loved the reading device of using two distinct voices for the dog and human sides of the story. I highly recommend this audio-book
Started a bit slow, but I went through all emotions by the time I finished. Good author, and good narrator.
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