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Publisher's Summary

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, best-selling 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. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did, inspiring Dean and Gerda to trust their instincts and recapture a sense of wonder that will remain with them always. Trixie lived fewer than 12 years; in this wide world, she was a little thing. But in every way that mattered, she lived a big life.

©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“A humorous, poignant portrait of [a] remarkable dog.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“One dog book that everyone... will deeply enjoy.” (Booklist)
“A delightful read... an unusually effective brief for the joy that dogs bring us.” (The American Spectator)

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A very good read

What can you say about a dog book? Especially if it is non-fiction but has all the elements of a good novel? I really enjoyed this book and getting to know Trixie. My only drawback is that maybe the Koontzes have gone a big too far, authoring books "by Trixie" and all that. Also, one statement that got to me was their asserting that no human child was loved more than they loved their dog. Now granted they never had children of their own so don't really have anything to compare it to, but that is a statement that is over the top. I have had children I love and I have had dogs that I love. If I had to make a choice, there would be no choice. Dogs can be trained to be much better behaved!

Haha jk. As much as I have loved some pets, it comes nowhere close to the love of a parent for a child. But on the other hand, sometimes I think my dog Harley is my only friend. His loyalty to me is mind-boggling, and I am grateful to have him as a companion through thick and thin right now. It is always "thick" for the dog, even though I want to kick his little hairy fanny sometimes. If you are really a dog lover, look up a youtube video called "God and Dog" by Wendy J. Francisco. It sums up the human/canine relationship pretty well, and I always get choked up when I see it.

Koontz reads his memoir himself, and does a great job of it.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Marsha
  • Tierra Verde, FL, United States
  • 04-22-14

An Unapologetic Anthropomorphizer

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

I would highly recommend it to all my dog-lover friends. It's definitely a book for those of us who know that our dogs are the only perfect kids we'll have.

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

I have not listened to any other books which Dean Koontz has read himself. Generally, I am disappointed in books read by the authors (with the bright exception of Alice Walker reading Possessing the Secret of Joy, which Audible really ought to offer, but I digress). I was not disappointed in this. Not only is Mr. Koontz obviously brilliant, but this was really a singularly personal book and hearing him read it made it even more sincere and touching.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. I wanted to savor it more than that. It was so rich that I loved listening to it on my commutes a chapter at a time. I rewound it frequently to make it last.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very sad and a great moment

I loved this book I am sorry for trixie but I was crying for the last part of the book thanks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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you will cry

I new I would cry but what a great story of a great life. Well told by the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fabulous love letter to his dog.

What did you love best about A Big Little Life?

The author's love for his dog was palpable. I felt like I knew them both. A charming, charming story.

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

This is the third time I've read or listened to this book. I give it to all my friends who love dogs.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good dog story

Where does A Big Little Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I just love dog stories and Koontz is a good story teller

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

This is a Koontz story for the family

Any additional comments?

I never read a Koontz book because I don't like that type of book. So I am glad at least I was introduced to this Top Novelist

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie
  • New Ulm, TX, United States
  • 10-08-12

Prairiesmoke: Feeling and Compassion

Feeling and compassion emanates from every word. So beautiful! I remember "Dark Rivers of the Heart" and Rocky and 'never lie to the dog.' A superb biography! Thank you once again, Mr. Koontz!

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Lovable Fun

If you could sum up A Big Little Life in three words, what would they be?

Life changing happiness

Who was your favorite character and why?

Trixie, of course. Because she was so lovable

What about Dean Koontz’s performance did you like?

I just love stories by Dean Koontz. He's straight to the point during performance. I enjoyed it.

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

I was moved by how sensitive Trixie was about the family's personal space. I thought it endearing.

Any additional comments?

I'd love more " Trixie" stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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For the dog lover in all of us

What made the experience of listening to A Big Little Life the most enjoyable?

The story was great and having the author as narrator made the story so real

What did you like best about this story?

I have 2 pups myself and can really identify with the story

Which character – as performed by Dean Koontz – was your favorite?

Dean, Gerda& Trixie

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

definitely

Any additional comments?

very enjoyable but have a box of kleenex at the end

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Heartwarming

I have a soft spot in my heart for Goldens and this book reminded me of what wonderful dogs they were. This was well written and narrated. I enjoyed it very much!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful