• A Big Little Life

  • A Memoir of a Joyful Dog Named Trixie
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dean Koontz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-11-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (300 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, best-selling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did, inspiring Dean and Gerda to trust their instincts and recapture a sense of wonder that will remain with them always. Trixie lived fewer than 12 years; in this wide world, she was a little thing. But in every way that mattered, she lived a big life.
©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“A humorous, poignant portrait of [a] remarkable dog.” ( Kirkus Reviews)
“One dog book that everyone... will deeply enjoy.” ( Booklist)
“A delightful read... an unusually effective brief for the joy that dogs bring us.” ( The American Spectator)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Marsha on 04-22-14

An Unapologetic Anthropomorphizer

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend it to all my dog-lover friends. It's definitely a book for those of us who know that our dogs are the only perfect kids we'll have.

Have you listened to any of Dean Koontz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other books which Dean Koontz has read himself. Generally, I am disappointed in books read by the authors (with the bright exception of Alice Walker reading Possessing the Secret of Joy, which Audible really ought to offer, but I digress). I was not disappointed in this. Not only is Mr. Koontz obviously brilliant, but this was really a singularly personal book and hearing him read it made it even more sincere and touching.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. I wanted to savor it more than that. It was so rich that I loved listening to it on my commutes a chapter at a time. I rewound it frequently to make it last.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sher from Provo on 03-16-14

A very good read

What can you say about a dog book? Especially if it is non-fiction but has all the elements of a good novel? I really enjoyed this book and getting to know Trixie. My only drawback is that maybe the Koontzes have gone a big too far, authoring books "by Trixie" and all that. Also, one statement that got to me was their asserting that no human child was loved more than they loved their dog. Now granted they never had children of their own so don't really have anything to compare it to, but that is a statement that is over the top. I have had children I love and I have had dogs that I love. If I had to make a choice, there would be no choice. Dogs can be trained to be much better behaved!

Haha jk. As much as I have loved some pets, it comes nowhere close to the love of a parent for a child. But on the other hand, sometimes I think my dog Harley is my only friend. His loyalty to me is mind-boggling, and I am grateful to have him as a companion through thick and thin right now. It is always "thick" for the dog, even though I want to kick his little hairy fanny sometimes. If you are really a dog lover, look up a youtube video called "God and Dog" by Wendy J. Francisco. It sums up the human/canine relationship pretty well, and I always get choked up when I see it.

Koontz reads his memoir himself, and does a great job of it.

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