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Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam | [Cynthia Kadohata]

Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam

Cracker is one of the U.S. Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. Rick is headed to Vietnam to prove to everyone who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.
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Publisher's Summary

Cracker is one of the United States Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That was nice, too.

Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family, his sergeant, and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store.

When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.

Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler.

©2007 Cynthia Kadohata; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    Cindy Dumas, VA, USA 07-23-07
    Cindy Dumas, VA, USA 07-23-07
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    "Point of View"

    The point of view from the soldier's to Willie's to Cracker- brilliant. The Vietnam war stories are somewhat ignored and this brings a personal understanding of one part of the war. Dog owners will feel the connection!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 09-08-12
    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2007

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    "An outstanding "war" story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely, a young adult or an adult read that acurately depicts the Viet Nam war era. A great Grandparent/grandchild story to share.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth of the human/animal bond, the accuracy of portrayal of the politics of the era. I was 19 around the time the protaginist was 19 so to me it was a story of my "coming of age" The method of interspersing the dog's thought with the humans was masterful.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    well paced narration


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

    no, I needed to digest the events as they progressed.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read MANY Viet Nam war stories and this one is highly accurate and very appealing to all ages. I think it is the best I have read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 11-28-12
    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 11-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I am the girlfriend to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys and two overly cautious girl cats, the Manager, Operations and Knowledge Support Services at CAMH, a blogger, a reader, a business owner, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a neice, a cousin, a twitter lady for The Puppy Rescue Mission... AND VERY TIRED! LOL!!!!

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    "Best Book About the Best Dog in Vietnam"
    What did you love best about Cracker!?

    It was endearing, it was suspensful, it was lovely, it was emotional. All the things a relationship with a dog is. I enjoyed it very much!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How real the fictional story was.


    What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

    Her ability to capture each character as she went along.


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

    It made me laugh out loud, giggle and cry... It was very stirring


    Any additional comments?

    I would not hesitate to reccomend this book!

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    Not really for war aficionados.It's a weird dichotomy. The narration might appeal to juveniles but the subject of war probably shouldn't. Wish I could get my money back.

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    D. Jacksonville, FL, United States 08-23-10
    D. Jacksonville, FL, United States 08-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story"

    Great story about the relationships between dogs and humans. The contribution of dogs in the service was largely ignored except by their handlers and those that owe their lives to them. This was a story that needed to be told and thank God the policy has now changed.

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