A Big Little Life

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Dean Koontz
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Sher from Provo


I have a soft spot in my heart for Goldens and this book reminded me of what wonderful dogs they were. This was well written and narrated. I enjoyed it very much!
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- mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio