Walking in Circles Before Lying Down

  • by Merrill Markoe
  • Narrated by Renée Raudman
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dawn Tarnauer's life isn't exactly a success story. Already twice divorced, the young Californian is too busy job-hopping to start a career, her current boyfriend insists on living "off the grid," her life coach sister perpetually interferes with incomprehensible affirmations, her eccentric mother is busy promoting the culmination of her life's work - the Every Holiday Tree - and her father is ending his brief third marriage while scheduling two dates for the same night.Dawn's only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he's leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. "I should have said something sooner," Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?"Dawn is stunned. It's one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back? It's not just Chuck, either; she can hear all dogs - and man's best friend has a lot to say. The ever-enthusiastic Chuck offers his tried-and-true advice on the merits of knocking over garbage and strewing it everywhere, auxiliary competitive peeing etiquette, and the curative powers of tossing a ball. Doubtful of her own sanity, Dawn considers that, in the ways of life and love, it might be better to trust Chuck's doggie instincts instead of her own.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Animal instincts come to Dawn Tarnauer's rescue in Walking in Circles Before Lying Down, a love story about a girl's best friend: her dog. Audiobook performer Renée Raudman voices the feisty Dawn in a dishy, relatable way, making her ups and downs appealing to listeners, from the moment Dawn leaves her second husband when she discovers he's gay, to that fateful day at the pound when she falls in love with an adorable 8-month-old pit bull mix. That pit bull, Chuck, turns out to have a special connection with Dawn: He can speak to her. In fact, it turns out Dawn can understand all dogs. And their advice is something she takes to heart, in this spunky tale of a single girl figuring out life and love.

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What the Critics Say

"This latest offering from multiple Emmy winner and one-time David Letterman head writer Markoe...may be her best yet." (Booklist)
"Markoe deftly weaves doggie instinct into an insightful tale that's bound to make you laugh out loud." (People)

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Doesn't Quite Carry it Off

It's not that the book is horrible, but it just doesn't carry out the promise in the title or blurb. There are some good moments of humor as well as pathos and crisis, but it's mediocre fare.
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- Steven

I loved this book!

First of all, I rarely read fiction. I have more of a self help, history, and sociology kind of library. But my cousin talked me into this listen and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story revolves around a woman who finds out that she can talk to dogs after a breakup with an unfaithful boyfriend (the dog says "You didn't know? Couldn't you smell her on his pants?") Add to that, a ditzy mother, a spacey sister, and an assortment of unsuitable love interests, and you've got a book that kept me smiling as I was tooling down the highway. It's really well written and the narrator had enough of a repertoire of voices to keep all characters clear in your mind's eye. I can't wait to read/listen to more of this author's books.
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- L. Tenukas "LT"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio