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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (July 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340922109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340922101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,786 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,508,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I saw the movie after having read the book.
Mark H. Hemmelgarn
THANK YOU John Grogan for your family's story of Marley & Me.
C. Sylstra
I laughed, I cried, then I cried again reading this book.
Boston Terrier Mama

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812 of 869 people found the following review helpful By Carol Engan Borrelli (author) on October 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Marley and Me last night. I picked it up last weekend at Barnes & Noble as I was walking near the magazines. The adorable photo on the cover caught my eye....they had a display of the book out in the open. Being an avid animal and dog lover, I couldn't pass it up.

Needless to say, I devoured the book in two days. I loved it. To me it was so refreshing to see such commitment in another dog owner. I have always believed that when you adopt a pet it should be part of the family, and it is a lifelong commitment. You don't give up and get rid of them, just because of hard times or problems.

I applaud Mr. Grogan, and his family, for being the kind of people who love and care for their dog friends and for writing such a heartfelt tribute to his pal, Marley. Pets ask for so little and return so much.

I have had many dogs and I always get a kick out of the commercial on TV for a new ziplock dogfood bag for a certain chow...they use the expression "Dogs Rule". How perfect. There is nothing quite like having a dog, whether they have impeccable manners or not.

I laughed and I cried and I understood everything that Mr. Grogan had to say. I also live in Florida so I felt a special connection to the Grogans when they were speaking of the culture here and the thunderstorms--and how dogs hate them.

All in all, Mr. Grogan's writing is clear and interesting and down to earth. I couldn't put the book down. It is a joy.

I even went so far and to visit the website he has listed in the book. There was an email address to write to him, which I did, and I was absolutely amazed when Mr. Grogan wrote back to me three hours later to thank me for my nice comments.

Do yourself a favor and read the book.....you'll close it in the end and your heart will feel like it is too large to fit inside your chest.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Sunny37 on May 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book really not knowing anything about it, but loved the title. I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have ever read, anyone who is a dog lover I am confident will agree. I laughed, I was touched, and I cried, oh boy did I cry!! I just related to this true story in a way I have never related to a book before, and I felt as though I had become part of the Grogan family in some small way. It is an easy read, but very entertaining, and most enjoyable.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful By M.E. Reader on December 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I eagerly devoured this book and chuckled along the way but toward the end, found myself really disliking the author for the way he handled Marley's last days. He sets the reader up to believe that Marley is his buddy, his pet, his loyal companion and yet when the old dog's health is failing, he manages to head to Disney for a week AND even when he gets a call on his way home that Marley is near death, decides to leave the poor dog at the kennel another day. When Marley's hips get bad, Grogan's not there carrying him up the stairs but instead, calling to him from the top "come on boy!" as the dog makes a pitiful attempt to go up to be with his owners. There are several mentions toward the end of Marley being sent to a kennel and Grogan "waiting for the call." I don't know about you, but even I (a person who is by no means an out & out dog LOVER), wouldn't sell out my dog this way. I just thought he and his wife seemed kind of cold about it all in the end. I got a feeling this Grogan is an ego-maniac, not unlike other columnists I've read, like Mitch Albom. It all seemed a little self serving, like Grogan was taking notes on his life with the dog just to get fodder for this book...he knew if he wrote it, he could suck in all the dog lovers out there and make a tidy profit. I read my copy on a library loan. But anyway, cute book but sketchy author w/questionable motives.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Fercho on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"So, lets see, we want to buy a dog do we? Both my wife and I work full time outside the home, have never owned dogs on our own and never did any research into the characteristics of the breed...I know lets buy a Lab puppy... oh and lets take the alpha male pup just for good measure!" Great idea, lets get a breed that to produce a happy, well adjusted dog requires copious amounts of daily exercise, mental stimulation, and human or canine companionship "No we won't run with it, hunt with it, do agility training with it, or get another dog to keep it company....we'll just lock it up in the garage for most of the day, and take it around the block when the urge strikes us." Anyone who has owned a Lab or any of the sporting breeds knows that as pups they are demanding, high energy dogs that require exercise, discipline, and love in that order. You are almost guarateed to have a destructive, neurotic, disobedient Lab on your hands by locking it up alone in a garage all day. Yes some of the author's doggie trials and tribulations were funny and touching...but Marley was by no means the world's worst dog...just a poor ole Lab who never got to do the things that breed was meant to do.
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84 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Annie on November 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was told several times that this was a good book but having suffered the loss of a childhood dog/best friend, I could not bring myself to read it. (Why bring up sad memories, right?) But after 2 years I caved and bought it as the movie is releasing soon, I decided I would prefer to read the book first.
I read the book in a day, laughing through the first half and thinking Mr. Grogan was a witty person. Marley's antic's had me doubled over in laughter, all the wile remembering all the silly things my beloved Freckles had done.
I did not agree with a lot of his training tactics or the garage lifestyle Marley suffered but no one is perfect and he seemed genuine when he referred to his fondness for the dog. Anyone who has ever had a dog knows that despite their silly or even destructive patterns dogs are just that, dogs. You can not scold them for doing something they did because no one was paying attention to them. Similar to children (you would not scold a child for a mistake if you were not watching them) dogs need supervision and if you cant give it then, why own a dog? But they were a young couple and I kept waiting for the chapter when he said he saw the error in his ways and stopped locking him up and choking him and actually took the time to train him properly, but that never happened.
I read in another review of this book that "it seemed the book was mostly about Mr. Grogan" and the further I got into the book the more I agreed with the statement. He kept rambling on about his life aspirations and Boca Rotan and I thought every time, I thought this was about Marley? He seemed to be wandering further and further from the subject as the book went on.
By the time he got in the last few chapters and Marley had reached old age, I was in tears.
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