The Hunters - Adam, Kate, and their children Hal and Charlotte - are a typical family, with typical concerns: work, money, love, the trials of adolescence. What sets them apart is Prince, their black Labrador.
Prince is an earnest and determined young dog. He strives to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact: Duty Over All. Other dogs, led by the springer spaniels, have revolted, but Prince takes his responsibilities seriously. As things in the Hunter family begin to go awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - he uses every canine resource to keep the clan together. In the end, Prince must choose: the family or the Pact? His decision may cost him everything.
Wry, perceptive, and heartbreaking, The Labrador Pactis a cunning and original take on domestic life, with an improbably poignant narrator.
I admit I bought this book because I'm a Simon Jones Fan. I had read the Bartemeus trilogy prior to purchasing the audio book so I knew it was very good but his narration was sublime and adds so much throughout all three books. I had this odd moment of belief that maybe anything he reads would be good. So I searched Simon Jones.
Let me be very clear--the faults I find in this book have nothing what so ever to do with the narrator--I suspect that my inclination to his work carried me through a book that is, in the end, an annoying little play on the English version of the cheap Long Island summer melodrama. Spoiler--the most interesting thing about is that the dog is the murderer, but the dog is essentially the butler, so the butler did it. Honestly, it was sort of annoying.
So that's my review--Simon Jones narration great; book--almost hopelessly dull unless you are fascinated by the inanity of the Hamptoms.
Having said that, I'll keep searching Simon Jones, I enjoy him immensely.
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