Marley & Me

  • by John Grogan
  • Narrated by Johnny Heller
  • 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good - Marley was expelled.
And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wits' end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

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If you love amimals, you'll love this book!

It makes the reader almost feel the struggle of owning a pet! Puts into perspective how much we should appreciate our pets and life with them.
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- glenda

Worst, but Most Loveable Dog

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.
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- Taren

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio