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Is there anything you would change about this book?
There's a movie coming out soon that's based on the book. While the story was somewhat predictable, there were a few twists and turns that kept it interesting. I wanted to listen to the book before watching the movie. I wish I'd read it on Kindle instead of listening to a voice actor. Listening to the narrator felt like I was listening to a children's book. Wanting to hear how the story ended was the only reason I stuck it out. It was grueling and I will not purchase another book read by this narrator.
What did you like best about this story?
The perserverance of the dog.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator read the book as though she was reading to a class of children. I found it annoying.
Was A Dog's Way Home worth the listening time?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
It's hard not to compare this book with Cameron's best known, "A Dog's Purpose". Try as it might, "A Dog's Way Home" doesn't quite meet the same depth, the same highs as that book.
Still, it's a sweet read filled with Bella's many relationships, many journeys through 11 hours of well-narrated listening time. It's greatest weakness is that Cameron's style is to over-write. We're constantly being told: "Something significant was happening," "Dogs learn from repetition. Here was another repeat," things like that when really, he doesn't have to do that as situations and previous writing makes the listener learn and feel that for themselves.
There are many decent scenes, many good situations, and many great characters that people the book. And through it all, is Bella's basic nature that was shaped by a cat who loved her, took her in, saved her when she was a pup. This sets up some fine instances of Bella's ability to surpass the norm, being the loving dog that she is.
Sometimes the narration is a bit fraught, but Ann Marie Lee does a good job with Bella's many emotions, her confusion, her dedication and love to those who matter.
"A Dog's Way Home" was a nice way for me to journey along with a lovable dog, meeting people, places that are quite memorable.
And Bella is quite the good dog that she hopes to be through it all.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful