No Better Friend
- One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
- Narrated by: Dan Woren
- Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-05-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene. She survived bombings and other near-death experiences and became a beacon not only for Frank but for all the men, who saw in her survival a flicker of hope for their own.
Judy's devotion to those she was interned with was matched by their love for her, which helped keep the men and their dog alive despite the ever-present threat of death by disease or the rifles of the guards. At one point, deep in despair and starvation, Frank contemplated killing himself and the dog to prevent either from watching the other die. But both were rescued, and Judy spent the rest of her life with Frank. She became the war's only official canine POW, and after she died at age 14, Frank couldn't bring himself to ever have another dog. Their story - of an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances - is one of the great undiscovered sagas of World War II.
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By Sam Thompson on 07-08-15
Opinion, No Better Friend
I had read a recommendation for this book, a brief one, and my being a dog lover, was looking forward to listening to the tales of this English Pointer. I was so surprised that this far exceeded the story of a resilient, intelligent dog. The history of this part of the world during WWII I wasn't aware of existing. The Bridge Over The River Kwai everyone from my generation is familiar with, but the POW's utilized, and tortured as slave labor building the railroad across Sumatra I was not. It is clear this book has been meticulously researched, and the reading of it was excellent. The trials and tribulations of this remarkable dog, and all of the humans she so positively impacted, is story for any generation. I could not recommend this audio or printed book more.
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By carlamgl on 07-26-18
Great insight to history that is largely forgotten
I was drawn to this book because my grandfather was in many of the POW camps in this book, including the hell ship Harugiku Maru (Van Waerwijck). As the author described, my grandfather was one of those people who never spoke of his experience, so it was fascinating to hear this story. The book was well researched. The only drawback for me was the narrator, whose attempts to do the Dutch or English accents was pretty weak. Additionally, for most this doesn't matter, but for those who understand Dutch, his pronunciations were terrible. Otherwise, great story honoring those that experienced the POW camps in the Pacific.