• No Better Friend

  • One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
  • By: Robert Weintraub
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-05-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The extraordinary tale of survival and friendship between a man and a dog in war.

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.

Judy's devotion to those she was interned with was matched by their love for her, which helped keep the men and their dog alive despite the ever-present threat of death by disease or the rifles of the guards. At one point, deep in despair and starvation, Frank contemplated killing himself and the dog to prevent either from watching the other die. But both were rescued, and Judy spent the rest of her life with Frank. She became the war's only official canine POW, and after she died at age 14, Frank couldn't bring himself to ever have another dog. Their story - of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances - is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.

©2015 Robert Weintraub (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

" No Better Friend personifies the relationship we all aspire to have with our dogs, and takes us on a harrowing journey to a place and time lost in the history books. A must read for every dog or animal lover." (Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless: America's War Horse)

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Opinion, No Better Friend

I had read a recommendation for this book, a brief one, and my being a dog lover, was looking forward to listening to the tales of this English Pointer. I was so surprised that this far exceeded the story of a resilient, intelligent dog. The history of this part of the world during WWII I wasn't aware of existing. The Bridge Over The River Kwai everyone from my generation is familiar with, but the POW's utilized, and tortured as slave labor building the railroad across Sumatra I was not. It is clear this book has been meticulously researched, and the reading of it was excellent. The trials and tribulations of this remarkable dog, and all of the humans she so positively impacted, is story for any generation. I could not recommend this audio or printed book more.
Sincerely,
Sam Thompson

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Wonderful

A heart-warming true story which will be enjoyed immensely by animal lovers, history buffs, and anyone who appreciates an epic story well-told.

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Storyteller was dreary,

Could have been really good, but too much side information making it dragged out through out the book

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Great insight to history that is largely forgotten

I was drawn to this book because my grandfather was in many of the POW camps in this book, including the hell ship Harugiku Maru (Van Waerwijck). As the author described, my grandfather was one of those people who never spoke of his experience, so it was fascinating to hear this story. The book was well researched. The only drawback for me was the narrator, whose attempts to do the Dutch or English accents was pretty weak. Additionally, for most this doesn't matter, but for those who understand Dutch, his pronunciations were terrible. Otherwise, great story honoring those that experienced the POW camps in the Pacific.

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It wasn’t the great of a book

At the beginning of the book it was pretty much all about the dog but the towards chapter 9-10 it just talked about WWII and nothing about the dog and people

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dogs are so awesome

Unbelievable story, told extremely well. If you are a fan of dogs or humanity, you will enjoy it.

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Wonderful and inspiring!

What a wonderful story of endearment, endurance, and resilience! Judy was a one of a kind companion. The story inspired me to not ever take day to day life for granted. I often was in awe at what both the human and canine spirit can endure when love and loyalty entwines them.

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What an amazing story. What a dog.

Absolutely worth your time especially if you are a dog lover. You will be choking up at the end.

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Disappointed.

About halfway into the book the dog goes away and for the next 2-3 hours it's a separate story, that includes several parties of people stranded on too many islands that I found annoying and hard to stay focused.

narrator was good and I really enjoyed the first half, but gave up listening halfway and moved on to next book.

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Amazing story!!

My kids and I listened to this during our commute time to and from school! What better way to spend our time than to learn about a very important time in history and the true meaning of friendship and companionship!