©2005 Ann M. Martin; (P)2005 Listening Library
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.
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!
her voice was pleasing and she added depth to the characters
no, but I had already read the print edition
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. ;)
I put this at the top so far. I am new at listening to audiobooks.
The most memorable....there were several, but I think when Squirrel aka Aidi starts to trust another person and her life really changes.
Again I think there were many as I felt lilke I was on the journey too. Many different emotions are experienced inthis book!
I would have loved to. I am hoping to sit and do just that one evening.
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.
I love most dog books but this one could not keep my interest. Narrator was monotone and it was too slow paced.
I probably wouldn't read another of Ann Martin's books. I couldn't even finish this one.
this book is great for kids it is very good for any one love this book
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.
'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.
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