A Dog's Purpose

Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: A Dog's Purpose, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (6,388 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Dog's Purpose - the number one New York Times best seller and major motion picture - is a perfect gift to introduce dog lovers to this wonderful series.

Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

The family film told from the dog's perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog's Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV's Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Bailey's story continues in A Dog's Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today best-selling direct sequel to A Dog's Purpose.

A Dog's Purpose Series

#1 A Dog's Purpose

#2 A Dog's Journey

#3 A Dog's Promise

Books for Young Readers

Ellie's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale

Bailey's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale

Molly's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale

Max's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale

Toby's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale

Shelby's Story: A Dog's Way Home Novel

The Rudy McCann Series

The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man

Repo Madness

Other Novels

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The Dog Master

The Dogs of Christmas

Emory's Gift

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©2010 W. Bruce Cameron (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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A Dogs Purpose

Best story I have ever read . I cried so much as I ached for the dog and the owners. I recently lost a dog and my parents and this crying has been cathartic

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Emotional trip through dogdom

You must love animals, especially dogs, to really appreciate this book. The authors premise is dog reincarnation with the dog retaining awareness of previous lives. It was difficult to get through the first few chapters which lays out the plight of homeless dogs, dog hoarding and animal cruelty. I almost scrapped the book, but hung in to learn 'a dogs purpose' and continuing the book was a worthwhile, though tear provoking journey. Fred Gipson who wrote Old Yeller would be proud that his legacy continues.

I appreciated Cameron's ability to portray the experiences of life with humans through a dogs point of view. Well done. William Dufris' performance was/is perfection. He was able to balance emotional scenes with nonchalant humor. Great voice.

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A Good Dog? The BEST Dog!!!

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. 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.

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Good story well performed

Very enjoyable storytelling by the reader! The book will really appeal to doggy people. Listening is time well spent.

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wonderful

it was a wonderful book it took me to think what was our purpose in Earth what do we do to change somebody's life it was a wonderful book I love every minute of it

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Beautiful and moving.

After loosing Harvey boy, our family dog and my parents, this book lifted my spirits and helped me to realize Harvey had a great life and was loved by them and all of us. A beautiful story and wonderful perspective on how a dog might see the world. And hope that someday and somehow it will all make sense, coming together for a great ending.

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Didn’t need this one.....

I returned the book about an hour into it. Since I work with pets, hearing about the horrific things that happen to dogs in a first person voice was extremely disturbing. I read a review that encouraged readers to stick with it ... it gets better, but I was too shaken after hearing Dog 1 being euthanized for having a fixable injury, Dog 2 a possible puppy mill escapee left in a hot car to suffocate, then living in the garage of his supposed loving new family, and then nearly tortured by a possible future serial killer (a neighbor child was about to do something heinous to the dog.... don’t serial killers get their start this way?). I’m sure it was meant to raise awareness, but it was simply unnecessary for me.

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This book was a book that made me laugh and cry . I loved it! I can't believe I finished it in less than 2 days!

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So sad! Have tissues handy!!!

Loved it, finished it within a few days. Narrative was excellent.
Cried more than once!

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For those blessed by the friendship of a dog...

Beautiful envisioned , lovingly written, extremely well narrated.

For anyone who has ever owned that special dog or dogs will appreciate this book.

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