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John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good - Marley was expelled.

And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wits' end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

©2009 John Grogan (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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The narrative makes the difference

I have this book read by both Johnny Heller and the author. It is a much better read with Johnny Heller. Great book but the way it is read makes a huge difference.

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Best book I have ever run across

Simply the best book I have ever run across. And near rated so that you could feel the story straight to the heart. Thank you!

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I Want A Dog now!

Originally read the book while in a cabin in NY with no TV or WiFi..I was a captured audience. Loved the book! Reread the book..loaned the book..bought more copies and gave the book as gifts. Saw the movie..movie ok..book way better! Bought the audible book but went with suggestion with this voice not author..love this audio! My coworkers loved the audio for the week we listened to it (had to listen near end of shift). Marley is my Forever Dog!

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Get your tissue

Family oriented feel good book on the antics of a rambunctious pup. Get tissues ready for some hard spots and ending.

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If you love amimals, you'll love this book!

It makes the reader almost feel the struggle of owning a pet! Puts into perspective how much we should appreciate our pets and life with them.

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Worst, but Most Loveable Dog

Newlyweds John & Jenny Grogan are just getting settled into their new lives together. Since they were married a bit later in life (early 30s), they want to start trying for a family very soon. Jenny is concerned that she isn't yet fit to be a mother because she cannot keep a house plant alive. How would she be able to keep a baby alive? She pitches the idea to John of getting a dog as a test to see if they are fit to be parents. Enter Marley. Anything you can think of that a dog could destroy, he did it. But seeing how they were both able to calmly deal with Marley's destruction, they figured they were indeed prepared to be parents. 3 kids later & their family was complete. But, as with any complete story of a dog, an end is on the horizon. Yes, Marley begins to show signs of age, & one day, Marley's life is over. Of course there is a lot of description of all of Marley's antics from puppyhood to old age. Despite Marley's title as "worst dog ever", the Grogans can't help but LOVE their dog. He's a true member of the family.

As a dog lover myself, of course I loved this story! I also couldn't help but draw parallels between Marley & our most recent addition to the family, a 6 month old male black lab named Coda. And I can't help but agree with the Grogans: no matter how much destruction, no matter how many messes, I can't help but love my sweet dogs! (We also have an 11 year old female yellow lab/beagle named Chesney.) And just like the Grogans, I don't think I'll ever be "ready" to let go.

Age recommendation: 8 & up (There are a few scenes of child-making attempts that some parents may want to avoid. I don't remember them being explicit, but the author doesn't beat around the bush about their struggle with infertility & the many, many attempts at having a baby.)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

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Great first time

I've never really listened to books, an avid reader I enjoy turning pages and losing myself in a good book. I got this book because it was one I've already read and thoroughly enjoyed. I wanted to see if some else narrating helped me enjoy the book more or less than if I read it myself. I have to say the narration of the book was well done and helped me visualize each event as if someone was describing it to me first hand. I enjoyed the freedom of being able to listen to it as I was driving or sitting on my patio enjoying the evening. This turned out to be such a great first time, I think I may just pick out a new book to listen to.