• No Better Friend

  • One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
  • By: Robert Weintraub
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-05-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary tale of survival and friendship between a man and a dog in war.

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

Judy's devotion to those she was interned with was matched by their love for her, which helped keep the men and their dog alive despite the ever-present threat of death by disease or the rifles of the guards. At one point, deep in despair and starvation, Frank contemplated killing himself and the dog to prevent either from watching the other die. But both were rescued, and Judy spent the rest of her life with Frank. She became the war's only official canine POW, and after she died at age 14, Frank couldn't bring himself to ever have another dog. Their story - of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances - is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.

©2015 Robert Weintraub (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"No Better Friend personifies the relationship we all aspire to have with our dogs, and takes us on a harrowing journey to a place and time lost in the history books. A must read for every dog or animal lover." (Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse)

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Opinion, No Better Friend

I had read a recommendation for this book, a brief one, and my being a dog lover, was looking forward to listening to the tales of this English Pointer. I was so surprised that this far exceeded the story of a resilient, intelligent dog. The history of this part of the world during WWII I wasn't aware of existing. The Bridge Over The River Kwai everyone from my generation is familiar with, but the POW's utilized, and tortured as slave labor building the railroad across Sumatra I was not. It is clear this book has been meticulously researched, and the reading of it was excellent. The trials and tribulations of this remarkable dog, and all of the humans she so positively impacted, is story for any generation. I could not recommend this audio or printed book more.
Sincerely,
Sam Thompson

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Wonderful and inspiring!

What a wonderful story of endearment, endurance, and resilience! Judy was a one of a kind companion. The story inspired me to not ever take day to day life for granted. I often was in awe at what both the human and canine spirit can endure when love and loyalty entwines them.

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What an amazing story. What a dog.

Absolutely worth your time especially if you are a dog lover. You will be choking up at the end.

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Disappointed.

About halfway into the book the dog goes away and for the next 2-3 hours it's a separate story, that includes several parties of people stranded on too many islands that I found annoying and hard to stay focused.

narrator was good and I really enjoyed the first half, but gave up listening halfway and moved on to next book.

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Amazing story!!

My kids and I listened to this during our commute time to and from school! What better way to spend our time than to learn about a very important time in history and the true meaning of friendship and companionship!

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Great story!

More people need to know about our war heroes; people & dogs. This tells the story about both.

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  • Katie
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  • 05-21-17

I usually love stories about dogs

Typically, i love dog stories. I'm nuts for dogs. But I just couldn't get in to this book. It was rambling and tangential. And bad English accents

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Amazing story

Dr Matt of Vet Ranch recommend this book. great choice . always been a fan of history and dogs of war. truly inspirational

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great story about survival and love

This is a great story for anyone who knows a one of a kind dog.

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Story rambles on

The story rambles on and very little about the relationship between man and dog. So bored with it, I couldn't finish the book.