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A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray | [Ann M. Martin]

A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray

Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons.
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Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons. When Bone and Squirrel become separated, Squirrel must fend for herself, and in the process, makes two friends who in very different ways define her fate.

©2005 Ann M. Martin; (P)2005 Listening Library

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    Jcsmitz1 06-04-07
    Jcsmitz1 06-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "wonderful book"

    my children and i read the book last year, and it was great. we listened to the audio version, and it was even better! the narrator does a wonderful job pulling you into the story. it ended way to soon!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Baytown, TX, USA 01-28-06
    Susan Baytown, TX, USA 01-28-06
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    "Touching and warm"

    This story of a dog's journey from puppyhood to old age tugs at the heart of tender listeners. Parts of it were a bit too sad for my 10-year-old son who is an avid dog lover. That said, the tale is well-told and doesn't shy from the difficulties of life as a stray. My son, despite having sobbed when Squirrel recounts the loss of her mother and brother, daily asked to listen to the story until he was able to finish it one rainy Saturday afternoon.

    A bit serious, the book is still a good choice for anyone who loves animals and who wants to encourage their children to see the world through the sees of the noble dog.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ozark Runner 10-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "For tweens through adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog's Life to be better than the print version?

    no


    What other book might you compare A Dog's Life to and why?

    none


    What about Wendy Dillon’s performance did you like?

    her voice was pleasing and she added depth to the characters


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

    no, but I had already read the print edition


    Any additional comments?

    I read the print edition first to determine if this was suitable for my class of 4th and 5th graders. The students enjoyed the book, with it receiving 5 stars from almost every reader, except from one young boy who wanted more action and adventure and less emotion. ;)

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    Arlene Mohawk, NY, United States 02-23-12
    Arlene Mohawk, NY, United States 02-23-12
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    "Truly a Dogs life....from birth to a home"
    Where does A Dog's Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I put this at the top so far. I am new at listening to audiobooks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Life?

    The most memorable....there were several, but I think when Squirrel aka Aidi starts to trust another person and her life really changes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again I think there were many as I felt lilke I was on the journey too. Many different emotions are experienced inthis book!


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

    I would have loved to. I am hoping to sit and do just that one evening.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is a must listen to for anyone who is an animal lover. It gave me a new perspective on what animals may be thinking. It brought back memories of me and one of my beloved dogs. On another note it reminded me of how cruel people cam be when it comes to animals.....some set jpoor examples,yet children listening with parents could learn alot from this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Becker MORRISON, CO, US 02-07-12
    Suzanne Becker MORRISON, CO, US 02-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love most dog books but this one could not keep my interest. Narrator was monotone and it was too slow paced.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann M. Martin again?

    I probably wouldn't read another of Ann Martin's books. I couldn't even finish this one.


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    Bob Lewisburg, Tennessee, United States 01-14-12
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    "this book is great for animal lovers like me!"
    What did you love best about A Dog's Life?

    this book is great for kids it is very good for any one love this book


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    Amanda glenshaw, PA, USA 03-15-06
    Amanda glenshaw, PA, USA 03-15-06
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    "A Dog's Life (Unabridged)"

    Very diappointing. Didn't really get into the mind of a dog. The voice was very much from a humans point of view...with street names, town names,names of flowers, fuzzy slippers etc.. and the dogs really didn't speak with each other so there wasn't ever any real bonding or connection. Also these dogs always had hardship with nary a moment of joy in the freedom of no attachments, of discovery and travel.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Lovely Listen"

    'A Dog's Life' is an absolutely wonderful book. A must if you are a dog lover. I couldn't stop listening.

    Whilst the book is aimed at 9-12 year olds, I really think it would be loved by anybody. Beautifully written, it's a harsh tale of survival that will melt your heart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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