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A Dog's Purpose - which spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list – is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved best-selling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog's Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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.

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

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  • sara
  • Burr Oak, MI, United States
  • 02-16-17

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

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 01-20-17

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.

63 of 72 people found this review helpful

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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

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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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Touching Story

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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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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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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Absolutely a Wonderful Book!

I absolutely Loved this book ! I laughed, cried , pondered , remembered, mourned and healed. I think I will listen to it again now :)

10 of 12 people found this review helpful