• Wallace

  • The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls - One Flying Disc at a Time
  • By: Jim Gorant
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-30-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (86 ratings)

Regular price: $18.80

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Publisher's Summary

Today, Wallace is a champion; but in the summer of 2005, he was living in a shelter, a refugee from a suspicious pit bull-breeding operation. Then Andrew “Roo” Yori entered the picture. A scientist and shelter volunteer, Roo could immediately see that Wallace was something special. While on his honeymoon, Roo learned that Wallace was about to be put down. Roo and his wife franticly fought to keep Wallace alive until they could return home to adopt him - even though they already had two dogs.
Once Wallace made it home, Roo knew the dog needed a mission, and serendipity led them to the world of competitive dog Frisbee. It seemed like a terrible idea; large and heavy with thick muscles that can make them look less than graceful, pit bulls are everything that most Frisbee dogs aren’t. But that was fine with Roo - because part of his mission was to change people’s minds about pit bulls. Overcoming everything from injuries to prejudice against the breed, the unlikely pair persevered to become world champions.
Movingly told by best-selling author Jim Gorant, Wallace will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhere - and help rescue this popular breed’s unfairly tarnished reputation.
About the author: Jim Gorant has worked as a magazine editor and writer for 20 years and is currently a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. His work has appeared in such magazines as Men’s Health, GQ, and Outside. He is also the author of The New York Times best seller The Lost Dogs. He lives in New Jersey.
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©2012 Jim Gorant (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Having detailed the fate of Michael Vick's dogs in the heartrending and immaculately researched  New York Times bestselling  The Lost DogsSports Illustrated senior editor Gorant describes the life story of another pit bull - Wallace, a rescue dog who went on to win or place impressively in dozens of local, national, and international doggie disc-catching competitions. The aim, though, was to clear up misunderstandings about the breed while letting Wallace have some fun.” ( Library Journal)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Leslie-Ann on 11-28-12

I Have Never Been so sad When a Book Ended.

What did you love best about Wallace?

I just really wanted to keep listening to story after story of Wallace and Roo's triumphs. I just didn't want this book to end!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wallace of course.

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

No sorry I have not!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When to cheer for the underdog!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-05-13

Roo and his dog

Put a dog in a story and I will automatically give it an extra star. Make the dog the star and well. I love dogs and I have owned two dogs who were mixed breeds that had Pit Bull in them. Of all the dogs I have owned those two are in the top three with a Great Dane mix I owned. All the dogs I have owned are mixed with the exception of one Wired Haired Fox Terrier.

Did you know that in the early 1900's Pit Bulls were nicknamed Nanny Dogs in Britain. That the dog in Little Rascals was a Pit, picked because of his ability to get along with kids. It is terrible that we have turned this breed's reputation around through dog fighting.

All dog lovers will like this book. I do not believe that non dog lovers will like the book. It is just not that compelling of a story the way it is written. Marley and Me is still the best book in this genre. Marley and Me is a funny book as well as a tear jerker, and should appeal to a larger audience.

If you like reading about competitions, then you will like this book. Matter of fact this book seems to be more about competitions then anything else. It also seemed to be more about Roo, the owner, then about the dog. Roo is a driven competitor who seemed to push the dog, when all the dog wanted to do was play. Roo was out to prove something and Roo has a large chip on his shoulder. The last half of the book is a list of all the tournaments they went to and how well they did. This was exciting at times and redundant at others.

I recommend this to dog lovers and sport lovers, but not to non dog people. If you have not read Marley and Me, by John Grogan, it is a must.

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18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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