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Emotive is a tale of life, love, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness as told through the eyes of the story's narrator, Linus. Linus is a puppy living in a small city located in the rolling hillsides of upstate New York. As the abnormalities of his owner Sam are all he knows since birth, he gains a perspective of unyielding acceptance and love towards the man who feeds him, takes him to the park, and murders women in his basement.

©2016 Kevin Laymon (P)2018 Kevin Laymon

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I was intrigued by the premise of this story.

~Disclaimer: I received a free audiobook of this title~

I was intrigued by the premise of this story. A serial killer from a dog's perspective is compelling, but ultimately I have been left less than impressed. Although, I will say that the narrator did a good job with the story.

However, perhaps due to my obsessive interest in dogs, I found the perspective of the dog less than immersive. Dogs are not going to understand that commercials are trying to sell you something, and they don’t understand everything a human says. There were times I felt the perspective to be good, but other times I was dragged out of the story by the very undoglike perspective.

There is a fair bit of gore and whatnot in this story. If that is off-putting to you....well.... I guess I’m surprised that after reading the blurb you would be interested. I mean.....a serial killer kinda implies there is going to be death.

I would note that the kindle version wasn’t well formatted. It isn’t the biggest deal, but I find that a bit annoying. Maybe that will get fixed in the future. Fingers crossed.

I think overall I did end up feeling compelled to keep listening/reading. It wasn’t perfect, but I think if you enjoy the premise and are okay with a dark story then you could enjoy this.

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Child kidnapping and torture

Not my cup of tea.

George Kuch is a good narrator.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Unique story from a great perspective.

I’m a huge dog lover so the story being from linus’ perspective was great. The amalgamation of crime story and pets life was uniquely amazing. I loved being able to know what Linus felt in every situation he was put it. I immersed myself into this listen and I was treated with all the feels.

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Made me physically ill.

I love dogs and I like stories about serial killers. So I thought what? Both topics in one book? Awesome! However I should’ve stopped reading after the first case of animal abuse. The graphic descriptions of this dog being beaten, shot, stabbed, attacked by another dog... I finished reading only because I wanted to know how the author finished this dreadfully upsetting story. Although the story came full circle, and good wins over evil in the end, I still wish I’d never read the story because those graphic images are going to stay in my mind. And why in the world is there a dachshund in the picture? The dog in the book is a shaggy retriever type.