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Ben Carter, pet care specialist, is hired to walk a Shiba Inu named Toby. Unbeknownst to Ben, Toby is no ordinary dog but an inugami - an immortal demon born in feudal Japan and bred for only one purpose...murder.

A mysterious cult seeks to capture the inugami and harness its power for evil. With the help of an elderly luchador and a cop with a heart of gold, Ben must protect Toby and uncover the secret of the Tengu before the cultists can unleash the beast and the bloodlust claims the inugami once more.

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It has been a long time since I have loved a book as much as I did "Dog Walker." This odd paranormal horror story centers around a young man who makes his living as a dog walker. When he is assigned a certain Shiba Inu, he discovers that the dog, Toby, is more than he seems. In fact, Toby is a demon designed for ultimate destruction! Dog Walker Ben and Demon Dog Toby team up with an elderly luchador and a badass female cop to fight the cult that wants control of the canine murder machine. This story is silly, spooky, unique, fun, ridiculous, hilarious and hard to put down. I have *never* listened to a book that had me laughing over and over again like this one did. McGuigan has spun a tale that I will never forget, with a promise of a sequel I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on. Travis Baldree delivers a performance so fantastic I thought I was listening to an old time radio show. His comedic timing, accepts and just general acting chops were a brilliant fit for this story; he really brought the characters to life in a way that I found truly enthralling and impressive. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys unusual, outrageous, hilarious stories about demons and dogs. 10/10 I will definitely be listening to this one again!<br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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laugh out loud

I really enjoyed listening to this book it was entertaining and fun with horror. Ben is a dog walker who is hired to walk and care for Toby, a Shiba Inu who is an ancient demon. It also has funny characters of Hipster Girl (Emily) Dragon Mask (a Mexican wrestler), Sarah (a cop) and many dogs (with funny dog notes): then all these demons (unreal descriptions). Recommend to anyone one who loves dogs and bizarre horror with humor. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. Thank you.

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An Enjoyably Fun, Fast Read

Ben Carter wants to be a writer but hasn’t been able to make that happen. In the mean time, he works as a dog walker. He gets an assignment to walk Toby, an easy going Shiba Inu. What Ben doesn’t know, but will soon find out is that Toby isn’t really a dog. Toby is actually a powerful inugami. A Japanese demon bred for murder. Toby is also being hunted by a cult that wants to use him for evil. “The Dog Walker” is a fun, fast read that’s a welcome change from vampires, werewolves and wizards. It’s definitely worth your time.

Finally, this audio book was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.

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  • Myztikal
  • On the Edge of Glory
  • 08-14-17

Who Knew Walking a Dog was so dangerous?

What did you love best about Dog Walker?

I loved the characters, the writing, and the plot line. Soo... um- everything!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dog Walker?

When Ben realized Toby was not "just a dog", the drunk Master, the flaking human skin, when Ben learns the girl's name and realizes he still crushes on her

Have you listened to any of Travis Baldree’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I was introduced to Travis in The Novices and he had a thumb attached to my funny bone. This book was not as comedic, but he is a masterful storyteller who excels in different genres.

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I was genuinely pleasantly surprised by how quickly I got lost in this book! The book description leads one to think it was paranormal with plots tied to folklore, but I was blown away at how entertaining and incredible it delivered. This was a fantastic listen! An excellent blend of talent -both the author and narrator.

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Hilarious and twisted story

'Dog Walker' is about a pet care specialist named Ben who is hired to walk a Shiba Inu named Toby. Unbeknownst to him, Toby is also a inugami, an immortal demon born in feudal Japan. To make matters worse, a dangerous cult wants to use Toby for their own nefarious purposes.

What I liked about the story is it manages to be hilarious without turning into a farce. The stakes feel real and there's some genuine drama and pathos. I think this could easily make for a great horror-comedy film in the hands of someone like James Gunn.

Travis Baldree does a good job narrating the story. His default voice is perfect for the everyman protagonist but he also manages to deliver a number of other convincing voices, with the Japanese luchadora stealing the show.

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Unlikely heroes and amazing creatures

Get ready for One hell of a fun romp through a land of nightmares. Our main hero is as in many cases an unlikely one. A dog walker and not the greatest of ones either. A host of Japanese demons that can only be seen by those initiated in the arts or who have bonded with a demon dog. As always there are allies and enemies. the allies are a mixed bunch whose comedic value is wonderful. The whole story has a dark and twisted side to it always just barely overshadowed by the outlandish behavior and comedic value of the players involved. Great listen very well narrated and I can't wait for more by both author and narrator. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Toby and Ben

the narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life!
as did the writer!

there is good character development in this book. I loved all characters! Even the hippy chick.
This wasn't so much a horror and just an exultant book about a dog walker, and demons.
this book would be great for anyone who loves a good fast paced story, dogs, great characters, with demons and the supernatural.



I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Quick, fun and refreshing

Headline says it all. I mostly listen to series or books that are usually 20 or more hours so this was a nice change to listen to.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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i likes it

What made the experience of listening to Dog Walker the most enjoyable?

i received this book free of charge for an honest review, i really liked it,if you like down low monster tales this is a good choice

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Hilarious and Interesting Story

What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?

Powerful, and intriguing voice with a good cadence.

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This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."<br/>

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  • Raissa
  • 05-16-17

Where's the movie?

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

Yes, yes I would and I have! I asked the author for a copy I could listen and review, just because I am particularly fond of shiba inus, and then - BAM! - I couldn't stop listening! It starts off slow but then picks up the pace, and then it keeps getting better and better. It felt more like a movie to me, I could picture things in my mind perfectly even though the author didn't spend pages upon pages describing little details, and that worked out great, too!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dog Walker?

There were many: I loved all dogs and how different they were, I loved how Blonde Hipster Girl (BHG) always made me laugh, I loved how different yokai behaved. However, the moments that were most memorable to me were those related to Dragon Mask. He was one of the most interesting characters in the book.

What about Travis Baldree’s performance did you like?

Travis Beldree's performance was great! He did the voice acting really well, his characters were all distinct and had a special something, and he even managed to make female voices not annoying! His narration was nothing close to boring, as he made action scenes very different from dramatic ones or even descriptive ones. 10/10 would listen again.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

While all this book is very unexpected, I wasn't expecting to feel so emotional during the scene we see Dragon Mask as an old, tired man. Travis did a wonderful job narrating what Jack wrote.

Any additional comments?

I want to see this as a movie, and I'm pretty sure it has every chance of being as - or even maybe more - entertaining as the book. If we're talking superheroes, this book would be Guardians of the Galaxy or maybe The Avengers instead of Nolan's Dark Knight. I get that it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Anxiously awaiting Dog Walker II!