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The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months.

It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. But when the sky suddenly darkened and the waves turned fierce, the unthinkable happened: Sophie disappeared overboard. Her heartbroken humans couldn’t fathom the loss and could only hope their beloved pet didn’t suffer. But this true cattle dog and devoted best friend wasn’t going to give up that easily - and what followed is a remarkable tale of survival, luck, and persistence.

From the first day the Griffiths set eyes on puppy Sophie through that terrible October day she was lost, to Sophie’s time as a castaway and the reunion that almost didn’t happen, journalist Emma Pearse recreates the incredible journey of this canine Robinson Crusoe. An inspirational story of loyalty and the resilience of the spirit, Sophie offers undeniable proof about the unbreakable bond between humans and our pets - and that if lost, they would do anything to come home to us.

©2012 Emma Pearse (P)2012 Tate Publishing

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 03-21-12

Sophie the Robinson Crusoe Dog

Enjoyed Anna-Lisa Horton's slight accent. This is a true story of an Australian Cattle dog named Sophie. The story takes place with a family and their dog in Queensland, Aus. Sophie goes out on the boat with them and in rough sea goes overboard. She apparently swan 6 miles to an Island and then at least once or more times swam to another island until landing on one with fresh water and wild goats. She survived for 5 months. The story cover her life as a pet and then the rescue of her by the park rangers. I usually avoid most animal stories as the endings are sad but this book has a happy ending and was not particularly sad at any time during the story. The fact that it is a true story adds to it. This book makes a nice change of pace if you are looking for a break from more complex reading. The kids would like this book also.

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  • Rabbit
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 02-09-12

An Amazing Story of Courage and Luck

Sophie is the story of a remarkable dog's survival despite enormous odds. It wasn't just the challenges she overcame, but the amazing chance that reunited her with her family. If this was fiction, the plot might be said to be predictable. This however was real life and the outcome for Sophie and her family was anything but predictable. You could say it was miraculous.

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Touching and heartwarming story.

loved Sophie Tucker and the story of her miraculous survival and will to get back to her very loving family! loved the story and the narrative was beautifully done! a must read for animal lovers!

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Great Story!

A great book for dog lovers! Gives a great view of what Australia's waterfront and islands are like, and a great story of the endurance of a wonderful dog!!

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 06-22-14

Dog Overboard!

I give the writing a 3, as I felt certain parts could have been shorter, some could have been longer, and there were parts that seemed to drag; however, I give Sophie a 5 - therefore, my rating averages out to a 4. Sophie's story is amazing, and she demonstrated such a sense of loyalty to her family!! She refused human companionship during her ordeal as if she was waiting for her own family to find her, which is so heartwarming. I think the eventual reunion between family and dog could have been lengthened and been written in a more dramatic and emotional manner; that would have strengthened the book considerably. I cannot even imagine what her family must have gone through, thinking that they lost her through not keeping a close eye on her. And Sophie's terror at finding herself overboard is beyond imaginable.

I was surprised that I never heard about this story when it happened. I usually see these kinds of stories on the internet and make sure I read them. This one somehow passed me by.

I listened to this on audio, and I am glad that I did. I'm not sure I would have liked the printed version as much, particularly given the reviews of the poor editing of the printed pages. I didn't get that in the audio, so either they fixed it or the narrator fixed it as she went along

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Would make a great movie

Would you consider the audio edition of Sophie to be better than the print version?

Yes, I liked listening to the authentic accents.

What did you like best about this story?

The amazing dog, of course!

Which scene was your favorite?

The men seeing the dog in the trap at last.

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

When Sophie's mum finds the

Any additional comments?

This was a bit drawn out; an approximately 90-min. movie would tell you all you need to know.

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Boringly predictable

Very lame and the total story is in the authors note in the beginning of the story spoiling everything

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  • Dinky
  • 03-21-17

Sophie a truly loyal dog

Where does Sophie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am fairly new to Audible, but I have practically exhausted my own local libraries stash od dog stories. I would have to say a nice listen, easy, expected to cry but it was not written in a slushy way, it was more real .. with lots on emphasis on her owners being strong Australians, not given over to sentiment

What about Anna-Lisa Horton’s performance did you like?

Very easy to listen too, the twang of her voice reminding you where this story takes place

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

The return... I love a happy ending

Any additional comments?

This was gifted to me by a dog friend