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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD: 6 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Unabridged edition (29 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844563162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844563166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.4 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (325 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,334,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A book with intense appeal... tenderly follows its subject from sunrise to sunset, from the ball-of-fluff stage to the heartbreaking farewell.' (New York Times)

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Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a larger than life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
I have just finished this book, and I felt as though I have been on an emotional rollercoaster for the last 3 days. This is testemant to how good this book is - as the title of my review states, this book has captured the joy and the pian involved in having a faithful friend. Grogan has managed to illustrate how all dogs have their own unique personalities, and how they are able to utterly transform our lives.

When I was growing up we had a black pedigree Labrador - he was a rescue dog - and he was the world to me. He was with me all through my school years. Reading about the antics of Marley, I was reminded just how loyal dogs are to their owners; how much joy they bring but also how much comittment they are.

This book made me laugh out loud - so much so that in parts I was crying from laughing so hard - and it made me cry buckets at the end. While the majority of the book is a bit of fun, relating the behaviours of a "loopy" dog, there is a serious point at the end. Grogan points out that the loyalty and unconditional love that dogs show their owners should be sought by the owners in their own day to day lives. To find unconditional love to the same extent, but from another person, is a very hard thing to find indeed - people are much too selfish.

As another reviewer said, this book made me wish that I could have encountered Marley, he sounds like a fantastic dog. It has also made me remember my own dog, and the treasured memories I have of him. I wonder if they are both up there, in doggy heaven, causing chaos??...... :-)
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Format: Paperback
Sometimes someone, maybe a friend or colleague that knows you love to read, shoves a book into your hand exclaiming: 'you must read this!'

Which is exactly how I came to be in the possession of a book about one man's life during the entire lifetime of his pet Labrador: 'Marley and Me'.

I have to admit the premise didn't really appeal, especially being allergic to animals and not spending much time with them. But I love being recommended books and plucked it from my crowded bookshelf just a few days ago. I closed the tear stained last page, yesterday afternoon.

There are probably a whole bunch of words I could use to describe how this story affected me but I will restrict it to one sentence. The story is charming, beautiful, about life, family, your place in this world, about what is important, and all because of one loopy Labrador.

Pros: Wonderful, laugh out loud funny throughout, understated and all the more remarkable for it.

Cons: You will need a box of Kleenex close to hand for at least the last forty pages.
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Format: Hardcover
Don't ever confuse Lassie with Marley. Minding was something Marley couldn't quite manage - this is despite obedience school and concerted efforts by his adoptive parents, John and Jenny. Marley was a Lab with few of a Labrador Retriever with few of a Lab's characteristics. He was 97 pounds of almost non-stop accidents waiting to happen. Actually, John and Jenny wouldn't have had him any other way nor would we. His heart was huge and his love boundless despite his lack of social graces (sniffing crotches is definitely unacceptable as is swallowing costly uneatable items).

In retrospect, John can remember Jenny's reasoning - they were newly married and she thought having a puppy would be good training to caring for children when they came along. He writes, "If Jenny really only wanted a dog to hone her parenting skills, I would have tried to talk her off the ledge and maybe placate her with a goldfish."

They both had full-time jobs and knew that a dog was a large responsibility. But, they both also had happy memories of having a dog when they were children. So, their decision was made and Marley was their pick of the wriggling, furry litter. Little did they know. (Even though upon first meeting Marley all but chewed his way through John's watchband.)

"Marley & Me" is so much more than the story of a lovable canine, it's the story of a family - how they grew together, their celebrations and their griefs. It's also a tale sure to provoke both laughter and tears.
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Format: Hardcover
This is not a book for everyone. People with no soul, for instance, can leave right now. I believe Ian McEwan has some new pretentious drivel out for you lot. Marley & Me, as if you couldn't possibly tell from the attention grabbing cover, is a biography covering the adventures of a pet labrador who is apparently the worst in the world. Of course Marley isn't, he's just the same furniture chewing, jewelry swallowing, public embarrassment that all dogs can be.

In addition to being an enjoyable tale, M&M also works as a dog owner's manual. As the owner of a lovely 12-year-old Labrador, not only did I connect with Marley's life story, I also learnt new things about my own dog. Admittedly, rather unfortunately, one of them might be that he's deaf but only 'selectively' at the moment! Ultimately, what you get from reading is a list of mistakes from Grogan as an owner and a handler to learn from and a warm sense of 'oh, it's not just me, then?'.

If you're a new or prospective dog owner, especially of a Labrador, you'll find various passages hilarious, heartbreaking and valuable. The pleasures and eventual sorrow of bringing up and living with a dog are captured perfectly, and, if you allow, the larger concepts of loss and life are also hidden in there. Though Grogan never goes into unnecessary levels of philosophical pondering, no doubt there will be some who read much more into the book, as with the film March of the Penguins, but this needs to be seen pure and simply as a wonderfully written tale of a dog and his family.

While Marley is the star, the (human) Grogans makes for an omnipresent supporting cast and there are many occasions where you forget you're not actually reading a novel, such is the passion in the simple but engaging writing.
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