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Publisher's Summary

Like A Street Cat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide….

In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155-mil e race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name 'Gobi', proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something change within himself. In the past he had always focused on winning and being the best, but his goal now was simply to make sure that his new friend was safe, nourished and hydrated. Although Dion did not finish first, he felt he had won something far greater and promised to bring Gobi back to the UK for good to become a new addition to his family. This was the start of a journey neither of them would ever forget with a roller coaster ride of drama, grief, heartbreak, joy and love that changed their lives forever.

Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope, of resilience and of friendship, proving once again, that dogs really are 'man's best friend.'

©2017 Dion Leonard (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Angel Gobi

This story really touched my heart. Having been a long distance runner and having been through some difficult times in between I could relate to so much of Dion and Gobi's story! It was beautifully told and so real and sincere.

Animals can teach us so so much and are the worlds angel healers!

Until one has really loved an animal a part of ones soul remains unawakened..... Anatole France.....

Read this book! It's a life changer!

Thank you Dion and Gobi and Lucja and kitty!

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  • 01-19-18

Can't get enough of this story

It's so heartwarming. I remember following this story at the time it all happened. So, it's really interesting to read the book and get a better understanding of all the ins and outs. And, to learn about the different attitudes towards animals in China.

I laughed out loud at many points in this book - particularly the foot search in China, when all the volunteers were calling out for Gobi. Really well-written and read.

Given all the ups and downs I can see this becoming a film.

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  • David Raza
  • 12-06-17

An absolute joy.

Astonishing. Uplifting. Perfect. Just listen and be carried along by the wonder of what is possible when you make a profound connection to humans and non-humans alike.


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  • 10-12-17

Wonderful story

this was the most wonderful story, if you love dogs you will love this book. I listened to it all in one day, I couldn't stop. I hope it gets made into a film too

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  • michelle christie
  • 10-02-17

a heartwarming tale

I loved the honesty of Dion, his struggles with his past and how meeting Gobi made him face up to them. well worth a listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-17

Finding Gobi

It is really good story I enjoy a lot hope make another book like it

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  • 08-05-17

Finding Gobi

Really enjoyed listening. Really charming and inspiring story. Well done. A story of tenacity and bravery

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  • Raymond Lam
  • 06-11-17

A very refreshing true story for animal lover's

Fascinating incite to a man's life with ultra marathons and a persistent loving stray dog

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  • Yanan
  • 06-02-17

A heart-felt story ...

A truly heart-felt story that reminds us the infinite power of resilience, hope and compassion. A well-written, multi-dimensional book, which not only gives an insight into the world of extreme sports (ultra-marathon) but also a journey of self-discovery that a lot of us can relate to, and a glimpse of China from the author's perspective.
Gobi is truly heroic and inspirational.
An encouraging read for anyone who is facing the 'impossible' challenge(s) in life to courageously embrace the fear and uncertainty and be pleasantly surprised at the end by your own courage and strength within.

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  • Mrs. A.M. Andrew
  • 07-30-17

Uplifting

A truly heart-warming story of courage and kindness. It reminds me that there is so much good in the world.

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  • Brenda Murray
  • 07-19-17

Inspiring

What an amazing, compelling and inspirational story about an extraordinary dog and the love between her and her Dad, Dion. Remarkable.

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  • 06-25-17

Love running. Love dogs. Love this book.

Where does Finding Gobi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. The narrator was well selected. Having seen (heard) Dion on a number of occasions, after the initial realisation, you quickly forget it is not Dion narrating.

What other book might you compare Finding Gobi to, and why?

Finding Gobi is a good story adventure journey book. Up there with Long Way Round. Well written, well structured.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene where Dion first carries Gobi over the river. That's where the bond was cemented.