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  • Why Courage Matters

  • The Way to a Braver Life
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: Dan Cashman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In this inspiring meditation on courage, Senator John McCain shares his most cherished stories of ordinary individuals who have risked everything to defend the people and principles they hold most dear. These are some of the examples McCain turns to for inspiration and offers to others to help them summon the resolve to be both good and great. He explains the value of courage in both everyday actions and extraordinary feats. Most of all, listeners discover how sometimes simply setting the right example can be the ultimate act of courage.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read with no Politics

  • By Brad on 11-04-04

Courage DOES Matter

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

I truly believe this book should be on the required reading list for all military personnel, from the Private up to the General. John McCain and Mark Salter are once again a dynamic due of writing with this book. As a retired Army Officer, a Registered Nurse, and a Secular Franciscan, I have been constantly placed in situations where it came down to my having the courage to advocate for someone or myself, to adhere to what is the right thing to do- and to do the thing right, and to be a true leader for others and not just someone in a leadership position. Senator McCain is one our most visible and courageous models of why courage does matter....A LOT. He shares his life experiences in many situations in which he was called to muster up all the courage he could find within himself to endure hardship as well as to enjoy the good times and share it with others. I enjoy reading Senator McCain's books because he makes it an adventure for me and he is a great story teller. I especially love when he has narrated his own books. When he is not doing that, Folks like Dan Cashman bring their A-game and bring the book alive. Senator McCain may be physically gone, but his spirit lives on this book.

  • Pilgrimage

  • My Search for the Real Pope Francis
  • By: Mark K. Shriver
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Early on the evening of March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and did something remarkable: before he imparted his blessing to the crowd, he asked the crowd to bless him, then bowed low to receive this grace. In the days that followed, Mark K. Shriver - along with the rest of the world - was astonished to see a pope who paid his own hotel bill, eschewed limousines, and made his home in a suite of austere rooms in a Vatican guesthouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intimate view of Pope Francis and sincere seeking

  • By Ellis H. Pines on 01-04-17

The Man, The Myth, The Real

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

What can I say.....any book about Pope Francis is a must-read for me! Mark Shriver has given us such a wonderful and intimate view of our beloved Pope through stories from people who have known him throughout his life before and now. His courage in the face of hardship and threats to safety is a confirmation of his commitment to God's love and God's word for our lives. I may probably never meet him, yet I feel I have known him for a very long time, thanks for Mark. Jim's narration is very good and his voice is perfect for relating the essence of the stories. Pope Francis is a living Saint and this book is another testimony to this.
Pax et Bonum

  • Izzy and Lenore

  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
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    4 out of 5 stars 390
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    4 out of 5 stars 392

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

Dynamic Duo!

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

Izzy and Lenore are a couple of characters who add to the already awesomeness of Bedlam Farms! The way Jon tells their story, as he does with all of his beloved dogs, brings the reader right to the farm! in the midst of the beloved chaos that is Bedlam Farms! Another one you just have to get and listen to. Enjoy!

  • Dog Days

  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Living with four dogs on a rural New York farm is one thing. But what happens when you add a couple cows, four donkeys, a growing flock of sheep, a few hens, a temperamental rooster, and even Mother (a barn cat) to the mix?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Donkeys, Cows and sheep...oh, my!

  • By Karen on 06-27-10

Any day is Dog Days!

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

GET this book and listen to it! Tom narrates again and he really makes you part of the story! Enjoy!

  • A Good Dog

  • The Story of Orson, Who Changed My Life
  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 218
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

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

Orson is a VERY GOOD DOG!!!

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

You just have to get this book and listen to it! You won't be disappointed. Jon's love for his "kids" at Bedlam Farms and dedication to their welfare have pulled me into this wonderful world and restored my faith in people. Thank you, Jon, for your great story telling and choice of narrators in Tom! For me, the reader's voice has a big impact on my being able to listen to something and enjoy it.

Again, y'all just have to get this one and listen! Oh, yeah, get his other books too!

  • A Big Little Life

  • A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb On All Levels. Dog Lover? Purcahse Now!

  • By S. Stambler on 01-21-13

A Big BIG Life!

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

This book was my introduction to the wonderful world of Dean Koontz. I admit I have never been much into the genre of crime writing, and knew of Dean's writing for many years. When I saw his name as the author of this book, I was intrigued and took the leap of faith to hear this story. BOY was I ever converted as a new super-fan of his writing! Here Dean shares his personal journey with his beloved Golden Retriever Trixie, who became his and Gerda's daughter and gave him joy for the 12 years she was in their life. Dean was inspired to keep writing with dogs in the stories, especially Goldens, and I am looking forward to enjoying more great stories!

  • 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 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

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

CUUUUUTE!

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

I heard about this book written by Dean Koontz's beloved Trixie as I was reading his book "A Big Little Life". I just had to get this book by Trixie and was not disappointed in the least! Trixie has a very funny way of telling her story, and I laughed hard the whole time! If you have kids, you definitely want this book!

  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Kairos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
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    4 out of 5 stars 502

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean's got his groove back

  • By Fred on 12-28-07

Not so dark anymore

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Reviewed: 11-22-18

I am new to the world of Dean Koontz, and I am his newest superfan! I discovered Dean's talent when I read his book "A Big Little Life" about his Golden Trixie. I LOVE any story that includes or is about dogs. This particular story combined his signature abhorrent crime content and a story about a dog, Nikki, that reveals the true Heavenly nature of all animals as Nikki guides her loved humans through their Darkest Night and brings them out the other side with much to be thankful for and new hope for their life together. If you are not used to reading Dean Koontz, make sure you are paying attention to the flip=flopping between stories, but once you get in the groove, you will be glued! Thank you, Dean, for bringing me into your world as a new fan!

  • Will's Red Coat

  • The Story of One Old Dog Who Chose to Live Again
  • By: Tom Ryan
  • Narrated by: Tom Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 137
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    5 out of 5 stars 127
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    5 out of 5 stars 127

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves or of him. Ultimately Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey. Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wildflowers And Drunken Butterfly Dances

  • By Gillian on 05-06-17

The Will to be Will

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Reviewed: 07-28-18

I recently “read” (listened to on Audible read by the author) two books about two individuals, Atticus and Will, who were the companions of author Tom Ryan. I have read many books about animals and especially dogs, yet I have never experienced the feelings and connections with a story or individual in the way I did with these two books.
I recently read Following Atticus, and I am just finishing listening to Will’s Red Coat, the second book Tom wrote about an individual named William, who had been abandoned in a kill shelter and who had come into Tom’s and Atticus’ life and hearts an angry, scared, creature who with the love and surrender of a courageous human and a soulful individual, became Will, a loving, joyful, trusting friend and symbol of hope for all who knew him or knew of him. Even though I missed out on the real-time experience of Will, through Tom and hearing his voice reading his own story, I feel as if I could reach out and touch Will and hold him in my arms the whole time. I immediately became a friend of Will from afar and literally felt the sadness and loss when Will had to leave us. Tom’s description of how he had to let Will go and the whole process of his passing, including the afterwards when Tom gathered up Will’s things to provide for other needy animals, were mirror memories of how I lost my Riley four years ago in my arms, with a wonderful veterinarian to help him go in peace, and my mom and I later gathering up Riley’s things and donating them to a shelter to help others who had no one or nothing to keep them warm and comfortable.
Some of my favorite parts of this story are when Tom quotes various authors and sages who have been important in my own life and spirituality. Richard Rohr, Carl Jung, H.D. Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Thomas Merton, Rudyard Kipling, John Muir, Joseph Campbell, and others quoted, are the exact same people who have guided my own life and work for many years as a nurse, therapist, and Secular Franciscan. His reference to a Japanese concept about filling cracks with gold was exactly the saying on a notebook I recently gave to a friend! I felt so many connections with everything Tom spoke of about his life with Will and Atticus, and even found a way to enjoy the cold weather, which is usually a season I dislike immensely!
Tom’s voice is so inviting and soothing as he reads his own story to us. Hearing the Nor’eastern lilt in his voice made it even more believable as he described places and things in his native part of the country. I enjoyed his occasional laugh or choke in his voice that broke up the usually robotic task of reading a book for audio. I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, so I won’t give away details of the chapters, but I will say that the people, places, things, and human-animal bonds have left a permanent impression on my heart and mind. I have been working on my own re-invention to a simpler, spiritual, introspective life, and as I followed Tom’s story with Will and Atticus, and even with Aragon, I am convinced that I am on the best path for my life and that I am capable of becoming “more than what I had been”. I have learned a lot from the animals in my life, and each time I hear another story about humans and the animals who saved them, I gain a more concrete sense of what I need to do. These two stories somehow have become the glue that is going to hold together all that I have learned from my own little individuals like Riley, Buddy, Angel, Colleen, K.C., Shiro, Yuki, Ranma, Kuno, and those of my dear friends, Webb, James, Bandit, Shadow, Sammy, Bo, Samantha……. Thank you, Tom, for sharing your journey with me, and thank you for letting me be a part of Will’s and Atticus’ life.

  • Walking with Peety

  • The Dog Who Saved My Life
  • By: Eric O'Grey, Mark Dagostino - featuring
  • Narrated by: Eric O'Grey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, Eric went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book!

  • By Tom on 12-08-17

Magic Doggy

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Reviewed: 07-03-18

Peety knew exactly what he was doing and he did it well! As someone who lives with chronic health issues, including pain, my heart goes out to Eric! How ironic that you would be involved with the SVHS! I live here in the Bay Area, and actually support that shelter! They do great work!
This is a great story of devotion and love- from both directions.