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Marley & Me Audiobook

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

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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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    glenda 09-27-17
    glenda 09-27-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Taren 09-27-17
    Taren 09-27-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    Mastiff Momma 10-13-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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