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The Dog Who Danced | [Susan Wilson]

The Dog Who Danced

If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, has always been Mack, her gray and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away. Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog’s instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans.
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of One Good Dog comes a novel about a woman’s cross-country journey to find her lost dog and discover herself.

If there’s been a theme in Justine Meade’s life, it’s loss. Her mother, her home, even her son. The one bright spot in her loss-filled life, the partner she could always count on, has always been Mack, her gray and black Sheltie - that is, until she is summoned back to her childhood home after more than 20 years away.

Ed and Alice Parmalee are mourning a loss of their own. Seven years after their daughter was taken from them, they’re living separate lives together - dancing around each other, and their unspeakable heartbreak, unable to bridge the chasm left between them.

Fiercely loyal, acutely perceptive and guided by a herd dog’s instinct, Mack has a way of bringing out the best in his humans. Whether it’s a canine freestyle competition or just the ebb and flow of a family’s rhythms, it’s as though the little Shetland sheepdog was born to bring people together. The Dog Who Danced is his story, one that will surely dance its way into your heart.

©2012 Susan Wilson (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    M. McClure Pelham, AL USA 06-24-12
    M. McClure Pelham, AL USA 06-24-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Great Road Trip Entertainment"

    My mother and I listened to this book over the course of a weekend road trip. We're both "dog people," but I don't like overly sentimental books or blatantly manipulative tear-jerkers. This book had an interesting story that kept our interest to the very end. In fact, we listened to the last several minutes sitting in our driveway.

    For those of you who don't like sad endings, this one shouldn't be a problem for you. Without spoiling it for you, I can say I felt the ending made sense and was actually what my mother and I had both said would be the best solution to a difficult problem.

    The main characters in this book were well rounded and interesting, and even secondary characters who started out as stereotypes were mostly revealed as flawed people who had reasons for the things they did.

    I enjoyed this book greatly and will look for other titles by this author.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Cockram Tampa, Florida USA 04-22-12
    Robert E. Cockram Tampa, Florida USA 04-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "New Favorite"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dog Who Danced the most enjoyable?

    I've been waiting for a new Susan Wilson ...she weaves our relationships with pets into her characters flawlessly. You find yourself holding your breath waiting for the dog to work his magic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are real people with real problems


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mac begins his journey.


    If you could rename The Dog Who Danced, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change a thing


    Any additional comments?

    Now I have to sit... stay until her next book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-04-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Enjoyable dog novel"

    After reading and loving Susan Wilson's "One Good Dog," I returned for another of her dog tales. I liked "The Dog Who Danced," but this one did not compare to the former. This is a story about a middle-aged woman (Justine) who gets separated from her dog on a cross country drive to see her dying father. This novel moves between Justine's search for her dog, and dealing with past and present relationships in her life. The other story line follows her dog Mack, who after being lost gets adopted by an older couple who are still lost in grief over the suicide of their only daughter many years ago. The best story lines are the parts with Mack, the dog. The chapters about Justine and her life were interesting enough, but the most emotion in this novel had to do with Mack with both of his families. If you like dog novels, "One Good Dog" and "The Art of Racing in the Rain" are by far the best. "The Dog Who Danced" is still a pleasant way for a dog lover to spend some time with a book. I liked the pace of this novel, and the narrators were easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Katri Naantali, Finland 12-03-12
    Katri Naantali, Finland 12-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy to listen"

    I just loved this book, but you need to be a "dog-person" to understand it. Sometimes I have difficulties in getting into the story - this one was easy from the beginning. Well read - easy for a non-englishspeaking listner

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-01-12
    aussieGeorge68 Sydney Australia 08-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not in the same class as One Good Dog."
    Would you try another book from Susan Wilson and/or Fred Berman and Christina Delaine ?

    I might try another book from the author, because I loved One Good Dog, but not based on this book. Fred Berman's narration is not too bad, but Christina Delaine performance grated on me, like finger nails on a blackboard.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    While this book is not terrible its not in the same class as One Good Dog. I am not sure this story could be saved, I think the plot is rather weak.


    What aspect of Fred Berman and Christina Delaine ’s performance would you have changed?

    Christina Delaine voicing of Justine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Richmond, TX, United States 08-14-13
    Susan Richmond, TX, United States 08-14-13 Member Since 2011

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Heart Breaking but worth it in the end"

    I have seen dancing dogs and for the most part I think they look a bit silly, but I love a good story about a wonderful dog and the trials an owner will go through to get her dog back. After finishing the book and thoroughly enjoying it, I realized some of the parts were contrite and predictable, but it was a good story. I learned a little about dog dancing, dog loyalty, and how much people need their dog. I am glad I listened to this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 07-12-13
    Michelle Mechanicsburg, PA, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Dog Who Danced again? Why?

    I rarely read or listen or watch anything more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story. The ending seemed somewhat predictable, but at least it wasn't sad.
    I didn't like how the author switched from current day to the past while telling the story. It did not seem to flow very well with so many time changes throughout the book.

    0 of 0 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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    "A must have for my fellow canine lovers!"

    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!!!

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    Julie Springfield, OR, United States 03-01-13
    Julie Springfield, OR, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The was a perfect "feel good" book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book. I loved "Racing in the Rain" you'll love this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that the book got me hooked right out of the gate. None of that waiting for 5 or 6 chapters to finally get involved.


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    "What a wonderful book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dog Who Danced to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dog Who Danced?

    The reunion scene. Brought tears to my eyes and tugged at my heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you love, or even like dogs, this is a winner.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to download the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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