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  • Sergeant Rex

  • The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog
  • By: Mike Dowling
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Filled with harrowing tales of knife-edge bomb-detection work, including an extraordinary baptism by fire, Sergeant Rex is a heart-pounding account of how an unbreakable human-canine bond helped Mike and Rex to stay focused on their mission and save countless lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book That You Will Not Want To Put Down

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 05-11-14

One of the best books I have ever read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Friend or Foe! This book was well written, just emotionally charged enough, gave you the ability to actually imagine what was going on... Made me laugh, made me cry. Was a beautiful story!

What other book might you compare Sergeant Rex to and why?

Merle's Door, Pukka's Promise, Saving Cinnamon, many, just lovely stories that pulled you in, yet informed you at the same time.

Which scene was your favorite?

The part of the story I loved was how Rex was inter-woven into all of the Marines' lives and how he brought them comfort, happiness, fun as well as the protection he was supposed to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

What moved me was the dedication that Dowling had to his dog. It was not one main thing, just the sense that he loved and cared for Rex.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Izzy and Lenore

  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book.

  • By H. Borman on 01-01-10

Another Great book by Katz

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Katz has a way of capturing and describing the scenes on his farm with his friends, visitors, family and beloved animals like no one else. I am mezmorized by every book, sad when they are done... And ready for the next.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

He makes you forget that you are not listening to the author reading his own work!

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

All of Katz's books make you laugh, cry and everything else... They are just so real!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Soul of a Dog

  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

With its endearing blend of humor, wisdom, and insight, Soul of a Dog, by New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz, illuminates the interaction between humans and animals.

Although he features his ever-faithful border collie, Rose, Katz also includes revealing observations about Mother the murderous barn cat, Elvis the doughnut-loving steer, and his other dogs - Izzy, Lenore, and Pearl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Katz Does it AGAIN!!!!

  • By Leslie-Ann on 03-07-13

Katz Does it AGAIN!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-13

What did you love best about Soul of a Dog?

The fact that he entertains the thought that animals have souls, when most don't.

What did you like best about this story?

It's very hard not to like Katz's stories! They are about animals, real, funny and you just want more and more!

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The feeling the author is intonating in his writing. It is sometimes hard to remember that it is not the author himself reading you the book or telling you the stories.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title does just fine!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pukka's Promise

  • The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs
  • By: Ted Kerasote
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

When Ted Kerasote was ready for a new dog after losing his beloved Merle - who died too soon, as all our dogs do - he knew that he would want to give his puppy Pukka the longest life possible. But how to do that? So much has changed in the way we feed, vaccinate, train, and live with our dogs from even a decade ago. In an adventure that echoes The Omnivore’s Dilemma with a canine spin, Kerasote tackles all those subjects, questioning our conventional wisdom and emerging with vital new information that will surprise even the most knowledgeable dog lovers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, strange narration

  • By T. Thompson on 04-18-14

One of my Favourite Books EVER!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-13

What made the experience of listening to Pukka's Promise the most enjoyable?

The fact that it was a mix of fact and story. (Not fiction but the story of Pukka and Ted). I learned so much from this and the way Ted bonds with the dogs in his life is pretty darned amazing, amusing and heartwarming.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scenes where Burley is stealing the balls from Pukka, AJ and Goo!

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That the pet care industry doesn't always have your pets best intrest in mind!

Any additional comments?

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK! I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Play Dead

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Funny, a GREAT READ

  • By JD on 11-05-08

Enjoyed!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-13

What made the experience of listening to Play Dead the most enjoyable?

It was funny sarcastic, serious, suspensful! I loved it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andy of course. He was the funniest of all!

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The way he reads the sarcasm is hillarious!

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

Not really but I really did enjoy it!

  • Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

An irresistible novel about women, men, and the dogs that own them. Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt's house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely story and fantastic narrator

  • By Madeline on 03-30-14

Fully Enjoyed This Novel!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-13

Where does Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think it is up there. I wasn't too sure I usually listen to non-fiction but I bought it and listed and found myself really invested in the characters and wanting more when it ended... I have put her other book on my wish list.

What did you like best about this story?

The intermingling of the characters.

Which character – as performed by Jilly Bond – was your favorite?

Megan. The Aussie. Too funny, no boundries! Loved her!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Rachel realized she really was happy where she was and that Jem had become part of her life and that she was staying.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scent of the Missing

  • Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog
  • By: Susannah Charleson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Charleson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By #24 fan on 10-05-10

Had me on the Edge of my Seat...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-13

What did you love best about Scent of the Missing?

I loved how the author understood dogs. I loved how she was worried that she would fail her dog. I loved the way they worked together and that she loved Puzzle!

What other book might you compare Scent of the Missing to and why?

I don't know I have never read anything else like this... Maybe THUNDER DOG!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Good Dog

  • The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

From the very beginning, Orson was a misfit. Like all border collies, he needed to work. But since there weren't any sheep available for herding in the New Jersey suburbs, Orson instead tried to corral school buses, garbages trucks, and skateboarding kids. So Katz pulled up stakes and moved to a farm in upstate New York. There, Orson improved dramatically - until the day he started nipping people. The nips soon turned to bites, forcing Katz to face an incredibly painful decision.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • too sad

  • By Gayle on 03-09-11

A man and a dog who just Loved Each Other too Much

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-13

Where does A Good Dog rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's right up there. Writing about the hardest moment of your life is difficult but well Jon Katz did it superbly! I am going to read all of his books now...

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Good Dog?

When he just let Orson go.

Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

Jon

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

It did make me cry. It made me laugh, it made me cringe, it made me imagine...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Bliss to You

  • Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life
  • By: Trixie Koontz, Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Teryn McKewin
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

This inspiring collection of observations will offer heartfelt insights from the vantage point of doggy heaven. Most importantly, this book will serve as a cherished reminder that the love of our canine best friend is a love that lasts more than a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST read...

  • By Julie on 09-25-08

The CUTEST hour of my life!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Bliss to You to be better than the print version?

The voice of the narraitor, was great and I would never have been able to imagine that while reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well it's only Trixie....

What about Teryn McKewin’s performance did you like?

Captured the tone of how we would imagine a dog to speak!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Bliss to You: Trixie's Guide to a Happy Life

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Dog Named Boo

  • How One Dog and One Woman Rescued Each Other - And the Lives They Transformed Along the Way
  • By: Lisa Edwards
  • Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

The last thing Lisa Edwards needed was a new dog. But when she came across an abandoned litter on Halloween, her heart went out to the runt who walked into walls and couldn't steady his feet. Lisa - healing from past abuse and battling constant pain from a chronic medical condition - saw a bit of herself in little Boo. And when he snuggled, helpless, against her, she knew he was meant to be hers. The dunce of obedience class with poor eyesight and a clumsy gait, Boo was the least likely of heroes. Yet with his unflappable spirit and boundless love, Boo has changed countless lives through his work as a therapy dog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soothing, relaxing, inspirational

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 05-07-13

Loved it, Loved it, Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-13

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog Named Boo to be better than the print version?

I don't know I have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Just loved this little book. A lovely story that only pet lovers will understand. The healing powers of loved animals are totally unknown.

Have you listened to any of Meredith Mitchell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope, but I really liked her readin of this book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful