Marley & Me

Marley & Me

[life and Love With the World's Worst Dog]

Audiobook CD - 2006
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"Number one on the New York Times best-seller list, this hilarious, yet touching memoir of "life and love with the world's worst dog" by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Grogan appeals to everyone. Marley's unruly behavior, fierce loyalty, exuberance for life, and unconditional love leave a lasting impression on everyone. He may not be perfect--he's kicked out of obedience school--yet he's always there for John and his blossoming family. Whatever the end result, Marley's intentions, and the lessons he teaches, are pure" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2006.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781419396304
1419396307
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (9.75 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Heller, Johnny

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

Newlyweds John & Jenny Grogan are just getting settled into their new lives together. Since they were married a bit later in life (early 30s), they want to start trying for a family very soon. Jenny is concerned that she isn't yet fit to be a mother because she cannot keep a house plant alive. How would she be able to keep a baby alive? She pitches the idea to John of getting a dog as a test to see if they are fit to be parents. Enter Marley. Anything you can think of that a dog could destroy, he did it. But seeing how they were both able to calmly deal with Marley's destruction, they figured they were indeed prepared to be parents. 3 kids later & their family was complete. But, as with any complete story of a dog, an end is on the horizon. Yes, Marley begins to show signs of age, & one day, Marley's life is over. Of course there is a lot of description of all of Marley's antics from puppyhood to old age. Despite Marley's title as "worst dog ever", the Grogans can't help but LOVE their dog. He's a true member of the family.

As a dog lover myself, of course I loved this story! I also couldn't help but draw parallels between Marley & our most recent addition to the family, a 6 month old male black lab named Coda. And I can't help but agree with the Grogans: no matter how much destruction, no matter how many messes, I can't help but love my sweet dogs! (We also have an 11 year old female yellow lab/beagle named Chesney.) And just like the Grogans, I don't think I'll ever be "ready" to let go.

Age recommendation: 8 & up (There are a few scenes of child-making attempts that some parents may want to avoid. I don't remember them being explicit, but the author doesn't beat around the bush about their struggle with infertility & the many, many attempts at having a baby.)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 8.

ralbers19 Jul 26, 2011

Fantastic story! A must for anyone who has ever owned or lived with a dog, regardless of his behavior. You can't make this stuff up!

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GramiPami
Jul 30, 2006

This is a wonderful book. If you have ever lost a beloved dog, be prepared to cry.

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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jandt_mcmurray
Sep 27, 2017

Sexual Content: There are a few scenes of child-making attempts that some parents may want to avoid. I don't remember them being explicit, but the author doesn't beat around the bush about their struggle with infertility & the many, many attempts at having a baby.

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