- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 13, 2008
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0019HXPIC
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As a rule I avoid sad dog things. Not because I don't like dogs, but because I love them. For me, a sad situation with a dog is 1000x worse than with a person, and I just don't have the emotional capability to keep it together. But a friend of mine recommended this book multiple times over the past year, so I finally bite the bullet and read it.
And let me tell you, I regret nothing. This book was amazing. I cried in the first chapter and could not stop reading. The voice of this book is crystal clear. It's wonderful to hear a life told from a dog's perspective and Enzo is so much more than just a dog. He is a confident, a shoulder, a protector, and a prisoner. I love him. I love Garth Stein for doing this.
The one disclaimer I have, don't read this in public. I finished this book in an airport and thought TSA was going to have to get involved. So many feels.
I actually cried reading this book, and I am not a very sensitive or emotional person. I bawled like a baby. The book has so many happy moments, but the tragedies will break your heart. I like how this is from the viewpoint of the dog, and how he sees everything.
A dog named Enzo is owned by a man wanting to be a professional racecar driver. Enzo sees his owner go through marriage, life, death, legal issues, a career change, etc. Enzo shows you, through his dog eyes/brain, what it is like being there through all those moments. The book is not slow at all, has truly hilarious moments, and will make you want to hug your pets over and over. I am in love with this book.
But the main drama is the conflict between Denny Swift (husband, widower and gentle dog owner) and his in-laws. Denny is noble and persevering. The in-laws are mostly despicable. And their conflict is very black and white as well.
Of course, that storyline is not why I bought the book. What does the dog (Enzo) think about all that? And what does Enzo do about it? In that regard, some parts are laugh-out-loud funny. But the book is more serious than it is funny, and so the story did not have quite as much light-hearted fun as I thought there would be. Still, I thought the book ended on a very happy and uplifting note.
A friend recommended this to me and said I would love it more than ADP and I did! A wonderful story you must read as soon as possible!
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