I'm not usually one to lavish praise or load on superlatives, but this book makes me want to break that rule! This was, hands-down, the best dog book..Show More » I've ever read . . . I can hardly say anything without spoiling some critical plot elements, but I recommend this hands down to anyone who knows and loves dogs. If you loved Marley and Art of Driving in the Rain, you will adore this one. It does have a few moments that will bring you tears, both sad and happy ones (I was a bit embarrassed at points as I often listen to books while commuting on the bus!), but the overall experience is one of profound joy. All I can say is get it!!
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.