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  • The Autobiography of a Stray
  • Written by: Ann M. Martin
  • Narrated by: Wendy Dillon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
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A Dog's Life

Written by: Ann M. Martin
Narrated by: Wendy Dillon
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Publisher's Summary

Squirrel and her brother Bone begin their lives in a toolshed behind someone's summer house. Their mother nurtures them and teaches them the many skills they will need to survive as stray dogs. But when their mother is taken from them suddenly and too soon, the puppies are forced to make their own way in the world, facing humans both gentle and brutal, busy highways, other animals, and the changing seasons. When Bone and Squirrel become separated, Squirrel must fend for herself, and in the process, makes two friends who in very different ways define her fate.
©2005 Ann M. Martin (P)2005 Listening Library

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  • Jcsmitz1
  • 2007-06-04

wonderful book

my children and i read the book last year, and it was great. we listened to the audio version, and it was even better! the narrator does a wonderful job pulling you into the story. it ended way to soon!

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  • Susan
  • 2006-01-28

Touching and warm

This story of a dog's journey from puppyhood to old age tugs at the heart of tender listeners. Parts of it were a bit too sad for my 10-year-old son who is an avid dog lover. That said, the tale is well-told and doesn't shy from the difficulties of life as a stray. My son, despite having sobbed when Squirrel recounts the loss of her mother and brother, daily asked to listen to the story until he was able to finish it one rainy Saturday afternoon.

A bit serious, the book is still a good choice for anyone who loves animals and who wants to encourage their children to see the world through the sees of the noble dog.

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  • Pedro
  • 2015-05-12

Beautiful and sweet

Who thought a dog's life could be so interesting? It was really sweet listening to Squirrel's story, beautifully narrated. One of my favorites, no doubt!

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  • lbmusick
  • 2017-05-02

From the Dog's view point. A+

I like that it is written fr the dog's view point.
have listened to it several times. A A A+

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  • Matthew
  • 2016-10-31

Great Book

Great read. My daughter and I listened to it on our long car ride. It was very entertaining and made our drive go by fast.

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  • Ozark Runner
  • 2014-10-08

For tweens through adults

Would you consider the audio edition of A Dog's Life to be better than the print version?

no

What other book might you compare A Dog's Life to and why?

none

What about Wendy Dillon’s performance did you like?

her voice was pleasing and she added depth to the characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no, but I had already read the print edition

Any additional comments?

I read the print edition first to determine if this was suitable for my class of 4th and 5th graders. The students enjoyed the book, with it receiving 5 stars from almost every reader, except from one young boy who wanted more action and adventure and less emotion. ;)

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  • Amanda
  • 2006-03-15

A Dog's Life (Unabridged)

Very diappointing. Didn't really get into the mind of a dog. The voice was very much from a humans point of view...with street names, town names,names of flowers, fuzzy slippers etc.. and the dogs really didn't speak with each other so there wasn't ever any real bonding or connection. Also these dogs always had hardship with nary a moment of joy in the freedom of no attachments, of discovery and travel.

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  • Bob
  • 2012-01-14

this book is great for animal lovers like me!

What did you love best about A Dog's Life?

this book is great for kids it is very good for any one love this book

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  • Keith Reust
  • 2017-11-14

A Dog's Life

This book is good but not great ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺yay, you might love love this book like me!

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  • Brandi
  • 2017-10-09

Loved it!!

I love it was so not cry and heartwarming I loved it😊😋😎😍😘 loved it! Thx

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