An experienced Iditarod racer, Gary Paulsen brings his love of the sport to readers on a personal level in this intimate essay about the life of a litter of pups born to pull sleds across the snowy frontier - and the marvel he experiences as he watches them grow and learn.
©1998 Gary Paulsen (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Gary Paulsen, three of whose novels, Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room, have been Newbery Honor books, focuses in Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers on Cookie, his longtime companion and lead dog in the Iditarod, the grueling Alaskan cross-country sled race... characteristically nonstop action.” (The New York Times Book Review)
This man is someone I'd want to spend days with, on a back porch just listening to his stories. This audiobook, and his others as well, read like he's just talking to you, telling you stories about nature and dogs. He's sensitive (but never cloyingly so) and insightful. He puts you there, in the snow with him and the dogs. This book is almost completely about Cookie. I want to know more! Tell me more stories, Gary! I could listen to you for hours and hours.
Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers is one of the most pleasant, whimsical books to which I've ever had the pleasure to listen. It is an interesting slice of the life of author Gary Paulson that takes you into the cold winter of northern Minnesota and the world of raising sled dogs.
The author looms large over the story as it is a first person account of his experience with his dogs, especially his beloved lead dog, Cookie, a strong, intelligent 'bitch' (female dog) who has the heart of a hero. His love for her is so contagious, that one cannot help but be drawn into their relationship….and it's a place that warms the heart.
This was my first audio book listening to this author read his own work and I loved it. He reads his work as though he is living his experience over again and chuckles audibly at the parts that are rather hilarious. It was like having a friend tell me a very entertaining bit from their own life. He did a fabulous job and I'm grateful to the editors for not taking out his chuckles and tiny laughs. I could see his eyes sparkling as he smiled to himself and it made the story even more enjoyable.
The book made me laugh, chuckle, smile and tear up. It's a lovely tale.
I'm so glad that Gary Paulsen read this pleasant little story himself. I've listened to it about 3 times since buying it a few months ago. It's one of those little jewels that I haven't tired of and relaxes me when driving home from "whatever."
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