Anything with animals, I looove! That said, the start of "A Dog's Purpose" had me thinking I was going to be knocking off stars from my rating..Show More ». After all, the writing is rather simple and, at first, I found the narration to be rather hammy. How surprised and delighted I was, then, to find wonderful characterizations of several "purposes" and intricate weaving of plots that rounded out into a totally fabulous story that had me with a lump in my throat (SEVERAL times), and tears running down my face (which I hastily rubbed away before people around me could notice). The only, only, ONLY reservation I have about the book is that it specifically states things in words that don't need to be stated because they're oh so felt in the heart, with tenderness, with warmth, with grief and, mostly, with the purest love imaginable. William Dufris does a truly excellent job with his "dog(s)" voice/s and with the many special people in Toby/Bailey/Ellie/Buddy's life. I had a terrific, cover-to-cover time with this book. Made me ache, made me smile, made me think of all the amazing animals that have entered and left my life.
Yes, the narrator brings a certain something to the book that cannot be fulfilled by just reading, When I listened to the book I felt as if someone ..Show More »was sitting in my house telling me a story that was part of their life.
SPOILER ALERT! While I loved the story "A Dog's Purpose" this is just basically a rehash of the story of Ellie and her training to be a search..Show More » and rescue dog. Only buy this book if you are afraid of how your kids will react to the death scenes in "a Dog's Purpose". There are no dogs dying in this book, but Ellie does find some bodies in an earthquake area. The way it is listed here, you are made to believe this is actually a continuation of the series, but it really isn't. I would have listened to "A Dog's Purpose" again if I'd known this was simply going to be an excerpt from that book. I'm expecting "Bailey's Story" to be pretty much the same. One reviewer on Amazon didn't like the narrator, but I thought she did a great job of sounding like a puppy and then sounding less so as Ellie got older. It was not bad, but I got the "been there, done that" feeling while reading this book, and actually wondered if they had simply re-labeled "A Dog's Purpose". It's kindof like a recording artist putting out another album with most of the same songs as their first successful album and riding the waves of that first success while disappointing fans with nothing new.
I have always been an audio learner and listener, so I was so happy to find this book on Audible. I am sure the printed version was equally as good; h..Show More »owever, to be able to listen to the story teller was such a pleasure! So I guess my answer is YES.