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Walking in Circles Before Lying Down: A Novel | [Merrill Markoe]

Walking in Circles Before Lying Down: A Novel

Twice-divorced Dawn's only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he's leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. "I should have said something sooner," Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?" Dawn is stunned. It's one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back?
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Audible Editor Reviews

Animal instincts come to Dawn Tarnauer's rescue in Walking in Circles Before Lying Down, a love story about a girl's best friend: her dog. Audiobook performer Renée Raudman voices the feisty Dawn in a dishy, relatable way, making her ups and downs appealing to listeners, from the moment Dawn leaves her second husband when she discovers he's gay, to that fateful day at the pound when she falls in love with an adorable 8-month-old pit bull mix. That pit bull, Chuck, turns out to have a special connection with Dawn: He can speak to her. In fact, it turns out Dawn can understand all dogs. And their advice is something she takes to heart, in this spunky tale of a single girl figuring out life and love.

Publisher's Summary

Dawn Tarnauer's life isn't exactly a success story. Already twice divorced, the young Californian is too busy job-hopping to start a career, her current boyfriend insists on living "off the grid," her life coach sister perpetually interferes with incomprehensible affirmations, her eccentric mother is busy promoting the culmination of her life's work - the Every Holiday Tree - and her father is ending his brief third marriage while scheduling two dates for the same night.

Dawn's only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he's leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. "I should have said something sooner," Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?"

Dawn is stunned. It's one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back? It's not just Chuck, either; she can hear all dogs - and man's best friend has a lot to say.

The ever-enthusiastic Chuck offers his tried-and-true advice on the merits of knocking over garbage and strewing it everywhere, auxiliary competitive peeing etiquette, and the curative powers of tossing a ball. Doubtful of her own sanity, Dawn considers that, in the ways of life and love, it might be better to trust Chuck's doggie instincts instead of her own.

©2009 Merrill Markoe; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This latest offering from multiple Emmy winner and one-time David Letterman head writer Markoe...may be her best yet." (Booklist)
"Markoe deftly weaves doggie instinct into an insightful tale that's bound to make you laugh out loud." (People)

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    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 08-01-09
    Steven Martinsville, VA, USA 08-01-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Doesn't Quite Carry it Off"

    It's not that the book is horrible, but it just doesn't carry out the promise in the title or blurb. There are some good moments of humor as well as pathos and crisis, but it's mediocre fare.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Tenukas Connecticut 04-27-13
    L. Tenukas Connecticut 04-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I loved this book!"

    First of all, I rarely read fiction. I have more of a self help, history, and sociology kind of library. But my cousin talked me into this listen and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story revolves around a woman who finds out that she can talk to dogs after a breakup with an unfaithful boyfriend (the dog says "You didn't know? Couldn't you smell her on his pants?") Add to that, a ditzy mother, a spacey sister, and an assortment of unsuitable love interests, and you've got a book that kept me smiling as I was tooling down the highway. It's really well written and the narrator had enough of a repertoire of voices to keep all characters clear in your mind's eye. I can't wait to read/listen to more of this author's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Sudweeksriker DeKalb illinois 04-09-13
    Judy Sudweeksriker DeKalb illinois 04-09-13

    Aunt Nora & Pauley

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    "You gotta love a dog named Chuck"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Walking in circles before lying down is a great book, but as usual I enjoyed reading the book more then listening to it. But non the less I love Merrill Markoe her storying telling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chuck of course


    What does Renée Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No, I wasn't as crazy about her voice in my head as my own.


    Was Walking in Circles Before Lying Down worth the listening time?

    Oh yes, definitely


    Any additional comments?

    Merrill needs more and more books from the dogs point of view.
    getting ready to listen to and then read Nose down, Eyes Up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 03-23-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2013

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "Life is incomplete without a dog by your side..."

    I purchased this after I read the the book. And.....I enjoyed it so much more! It is the kind of story that stirs up every emotion we have inside- joy, anger, sadness, excitement, humor, contentment, etc.... It is full of witty dialogue, heart-wrenching decisions, and life lessons....given to us honestly and simply by man's best friend, a dog.
    This is a must-have for my fellow dog lovers who believe that life isn't complete without a faithful canine by your side!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndi New Iberia, LA, United States 12-29-11
    Lyndi New Iberia, LA, United States 12-29-11
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    "Not well written"
    What would have made Walking in Circles Before Lying Down better?

    Could have been written better.


    What could Merrill Markoe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have more highs and lows, some type of flow to the book, instead it's a very monotone story line.


    What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes her over reading the story made it hard to keep concentrated on the story line.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was about a dog and I'm an animal lover.


    Any additional comments?

    If your looking for a mildly entertaining book about a dog that is wrote not only from the author's point of view but also the dog's at times, then you will enjoy this book. Nothing outstanding about it though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 07-26-09
    Karen Grinnell, IA, United States 07-26-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Catchy title, bad book..."

    The title led me to believe it would be humorous, but it was not that great of a book. The story was mundane, weak women, stupid men. They through a dog into it for a better plot, but that didn't work well. I finished it just because I hate leaving things undone, but I am sorry I wasted a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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