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Publisher's Summary

Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons. When Bone and Squirrel become separated, Squirrel must fend for herself, and in the process, makes two friends who in very different ways define her fate.
©2005 Ann M. Martin; (P)2005 Listening Library

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  • Susan
  • Baytown, TX, USA
  • 01-28-06

Touching and warm

This story of a dog's journey from puppyhood to old age tugs at the heart of tender listeners. Parts of it were a bit too sad for my 10-year-old son who is an avid dog lover. That said, the tale is well-told and doesn't shy from the difficulties of life as a stray. My son, despite having sobbed when Squirrel recounts the loss of her mother and brother, daily asked to listen to the story until he was able to finish it one rainy Saturday afternoon.

A bit serious, the book is still a good choice for anyone who loves animals and who wants to encourage their children to see the world through the sees of the noble dog.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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wonderful book

my children and i read the book last year, and it was great. we listened to the audio version, and it was even better! the narrator does a wonderful job pulling you into the story. it ended way to soon!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Beautiful and sweet

Who thought a dog's life could be so interesting? It was really sweet listening to Squirrel's story, beautifully narrated. One of my favorites, no doubt!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A Dog's Life

This book is good but not great ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺yay, you might love love this book like me!

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Loved it!!

I love it was so not cry and heartwarming I loved it😊😋😎😍😘 loved it! Thx

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From the Dog's view point. A+

I like that it is written fr the dog's view point.
have listened to it several times. A A A+

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Great Book

Great read. My daughter and I listened to it on our long car ride. It was very entertaining and made our drive go by fast.

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For tweens through adults

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog's Life to be better than the print version?

no

What other book might you compare A Dog's Life to and why?

none

What about Wendy Dillon’s performance did you like?

her voice was pleasing and she added depth to the characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no, but I had already read the print edition

Any additional comments?

I read the print edition first to determine if this was suitable for my class of 4th and 5th graders. The students enjoyed the book, with it receiving 5 stars from almost every reader, except from one young boy who wanted more action and adventure and less emotion. ;)

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  • Arlene
  • Mohawk, NY, United States
  • 02-23-12

Truly a Dogs life....from birth to a home

Where does A Dog's Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I put this at the top so far. I am new at listening to audiobooks.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dog's Life?

The most memorable....there were several, but I think when Squirrel aka Aidi starts to trust another person and her life really changes.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again I think there were many as I felt lilke I was on the journey too. Many different emotions are experienced inthis book!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to. I am hoping to sit and do just that one evening.

Any additional comments?

I think this is a must listen to for anyone who is an animal lover. It gave me a new perspective on what animals may be thinking. It brought back memories of me and one of my beloved dogs. On another note it reminded me of how cruel people cam be when it comes to animals.....some set jpoor examples,yet children listening with parents could learn alot from this story.

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Sleeper

This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love most dog books but this one could not keep my interest. Narrator was monotone and it was too slow paced.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ann M. Martin again?

I probably wouldn't read another of Ann Martin's books. I couldn't even finish this one.

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  • Amy
  • 12-06-10

Lovely Listen

'A Dog's Life' is an absolutely wonderful book. A must if you are a dog lover. I couldn't stop listening.

Whilst the book is aimed at 9-12 year olds, I really think it would be loved by anybody. Beautifully written, it's a harsh tale of survival that will melt your heart.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful