Saturday, April 28, 2012

ARE YOU LISTENING? A DOG'S JOURNEY: AN AUDIO BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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A DOG'S JOURNEY
Another Novel for Humans
BY W. BRUCE CAMERON
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Buddy is a good dog.

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own.

When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs—who will take care of his girl?

A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog's Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog's Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

PRAISE FOR A DOG'S JOURNEY:
“An amazing book. I laughed and smiled and cried. Wise…and sure to open the hearts of all who read it. Bailey has much to teach us about a dog’s love of liberty."
—Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Color Purple

"I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried."
—Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human

"Marley & Me combined with Tuesdays With Morrie."  Kirkus Reviews

“Funny, heartwarming, and touching.”  Library Journal (starred review)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series. He lives in California.
To read a full "bio" of W. Bruce Cameron, please visit his website HERE.

AN EXCERPT FROM A DOG'S JOURNEY:
As I sat in the sun on the wooden dock that jutted out into the pond, I knew this to be true: my name was Buddy, and I was a good dog.
 
The fur on my legs was as black as the rest of me, but down at my paws it had, over time, become tinged with white. I had lived a long and full life with a boy named Ethan, spending many lazy afternoons on this very dock, here on the Farm, enjoying a swim or barking at the ducks.
 
This was the second summer without Ethan. When he died I felt a pain inside me much sharper than any other I’d ever felt. Now the pain was less, more like a stomachache, but I still felt it all the time. Only sleep soothed it away—in my sleep, Ethan ran with me through my dreams.
 
I was an old dog and knew that someday soon a much deeper sleep would come, as it had always come for me before. It came for me when I was named Toby, in my silly first life, when I had no real purpose but to play with other dogs. It came for me when I was named Bailey, when I first met my boy and loving him became my whole focus. It came for me when I was Ellie, when my job was to Work, to Find people, and to Save them. So when the deeper sleep came for me next, at the end of this life, as Buddy, I felt sure that I would not live again, that I had fulfilled my purpose and there was no reason for me to be a dog anymore. So whether it happened this summer or the next didn’t matter. Ethan, loving Ethan, was my ultimate purpose, and I had done it as well as I could. I was a good dog.
 
And yet …
To finish reading this excerpt, visit Macmillan Audio website HERE.

MY THOUGHTS/REVIEW:
Fans of W. Bruce Cameron’s A DOG’S PURPOSE are in for a treat! Cameron now gives readers a sequel in A DOG’S JOURNEY in which that faithful and adorable pup, Buddy, finds his life coming to an end. It is sad to think about but it is the way it goes with the old “circle of life” and all. Buddy is practical about it, as well, and spends the time he has left now with little Clarity, who is his “owner’s” granddaughter.

Buddy is content that he has found his purpose having searched for it in several other exhilarating and fulfilling lives. He feels that he will not be reborn another time after having already lived four other lives. Buddy hopes that Clarity will get another dog because he can tell that she needs some special watching over as she grows. In a sad but expected moment, Buddy slowly feels his body giving in and his spirit leaving.

Buddy goes through all this only to find himself waking up not where he expected to be but rather still on earth. This time Buddy is born again but as a fluffy poodle everyone is calling Molly! Imagine his surprise! Add to it that he is still with Clarity who has certainly grown and now calls herself C. J. She is going through the angst of adolescence and Buddy realizes he came back to her just in time. He intends to help her by guarding her with his heart and soul, only to be separated from her and fear for her future! Will Clarity make it on her own? Will Buddy be able to ever see her and find a way to have his purpose fulfilled once more?

W. Bruce Cameron’s narrative is often funny but sometimes heartbreaking. Readers can feel themselves becoming Buddy with the wonderful description Cameron uses thus creating the perfect mental image for the story of this dog and how he lives this special life. Dog devotees especially will enjoy A DOG’S JOURNEY and for a really relaxing and entertaining time, sit back and listen to it on audio book and find yourself transported to Buddy’s world - a place where man’s best friend is just what is needed to get through some tough times as well as enjoy the highlights of life. 

     
   GIVEAWAY
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I love reading dog stories, and this one sounds good.
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What I like most about this book is that Buddy, the dog is the narrator. I have read two books "narrated by the dog" and I loved them. With this one I could sit back and enjoy the story.

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Sue Farrell said...

I love dogs and dog books so I think it's a good thing that this is an audio book because I was tearing up just reading the short excerpt. I could listen to it while petting my beagles.
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I think a book from a dog's perspective would be fun I have to read the first book too.
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I loved A Dog's Purpose. The premise of reincarnation is really cool and I found the story really touching. I'm hoping that this second book will be equally enjoyable.

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