Top Dog

  • by Maria Goodavage
  • Narrated by Neil Shah
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Soldier DogsTop Dog, Maria Goodavage takes listeners into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond developed between Lucca and Marine Corps handler Chris Willingham, launching what became a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry. She and Willingham became so sought-after that units scheduled missions around their availability.
The audiobook describes in gritty detail the team’s adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately, we see how the bond between Lucca and Willingham overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites. Here is a portrait of modern warfare with a heart-warming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military listeners.


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Customer Reviews

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Great story for dog lovers!

This is an excellent story that reveals the inner workings of Marine dog handlers and the bond they forge with their dogs. It also gives you a greater appreciation for the brave men and women in the military and the sacrifices they and their families make for our country. And, as a bonus, there's very few profanities.
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- Tim

Loved it!

As a former Law Enforcement explosive detection K9 handler I really enjoyed this book. Brought back lots of great memories and even a few tears when hearing the pain these handlers endured with a loss. The bond between a handler and his K9 is so strong it's almost indescribable.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books