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Publisher's Summary

Cracker is one of the United States Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That was nice, too.

Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family, his sergeant, and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store.

When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.

Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler.

©2007 Cynthia Kadohata (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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  • Cindy
  • Dumas, VA, USA
  • 07-23-07

Point of View

The point of view from the soldier's to Willie's to Cracker- brilliant. The Vietnam war stories are somewhat ignored and this brings a personal understanding of one part of the war. Dog owners will feel the connection!

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Best Book About the Best Dog in Vietnam

What did you love best about Cracker!?

It was endearing, it was suspensful, it was lovely, it was emotional. All the things a relationship with a dog is. I enjoyed it very much!

What did you like best about this story?

How real the fictional story was.

What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

Her ability to capture each character as she went along.

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

It made me laugh out loud, giggle and cry... It was very stirring

Any additional comments?

I would not hesitate to reccomend this book!

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  • Lyn
  • LADY LAKE, FL, United States
  • 09-08-12

An outstanding "war" story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely, a young adult or an adult read that acurately depicts the Viet Nam war era. A great Grandparent/grandchild story to share.

What did you like best about this story?

The truth of the human/animal bond, the accuracy of portrayal of the politics of the era. I was 19 around the time the protaginist was 19 so to me it was a story of my "coming of age" The method of interspersing the dog's thought with the humans was masterful.

What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

well paced narration

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

no, I needed to digest the events as they progressed.

Any additional comments?

I have read MANY Viet Nam war stories and this one is highly accurate and very appealing to all ages. I think it is the best I have read.

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  • GB
  • 09-02-11

Not what I was expecting...

Not really for war aficionados.It's a weird dichotomy. The narration might appeal to juveniles but the subject of war probably shouldn't. Wish I could get my money back.

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Fabulous ... a dog lover"s must read

Very well presented story about war dogs. A topic I have wanted to know about. Great introduction to yet another twist between man and his best friend.

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Dissappointed

The narrator is only slightly more expressive than Ben Stein in Farris Bueller’s Day Off. It was hard to listen to.

I expected more from an award winning author too. It seemed as though she had to make a minimum word limit and repeated random facts throughout the book. It was wet. It was cold. It was miserable. It was wet, and cold, and miserable. Man, was it miserable. While this is not a direct quote, this style of pointless repetition is all through the book. Furthermore, I expected more history from a historical fiction book. I enjoyed how Seaman kept things lighthearted from a dog’s perspective but still focused on facts (a book about the Newfoundland dog that explored the new territory with Lewis and Clark). I expected Cracker to have more substance and less internal thoughts from a dog about wieners, ear petting, and chickens.

I only finished it because I thought it must get better. It didn’t. I would not recommend this book.

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Great Book

I really liked it because i love dogs and this was awesome to listen too

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love love love

loved it! always do! this book brings evwrything to life! i can't express that any more!

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tear jerker but good story!

listened while at work...big mistake! I was in tears many times throughout the story. excellent book, just don't listen while in public!!!!

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loved the book but the narration was terrible

the voice for narration is terrible i feel like they should use a different voice

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  • Middle Moo
  • 01-30-17

Enjoyed

Really enjoyed this one. However its not the best war dog story i have listened to. Its just a silly thing I don't like, and thats the way Crackers thoughts are written, as in my head its not how a dog thinks.