War Dogs

  • by Rebecca Frankel
  • Narrated by Tanya Eby
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting, her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs' special abilities - from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions. The history of dogs in the U.S. military is long and rich, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs who lead patrols hunting for IEDs today. Frankel interviewed not only handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq but also top military commanders, K-9 program managers, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram. She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. In a post-9/11 world rife with terrorist threats, nothing is more effective than a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler. With a compelling cast of humans and animals, this moving audiobook is a must-listen for all dog lovers-military and otherwise.


What the Critics Say

"Military aficionados as well as dog lovers will learn from and enjoy from this study of canine commandos and the service people who count on them." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Dogs good; story not so much

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Part of the time. Story began repeating on itself, so it got kind of boring after about Chapter 4.

Would you recommend War Dogs to your friends? Why or why not?

It might be a good read for someone who has not read a lot about dogs.

What aspect of Tanya Eby’s performance would you have changed?

She didn't do a very good job with male voices, particularly in battle scenes where things got intense.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No; I don't think it has the makings for a movie.

Any additional comments?

The story was a bit disjointed throughout. Jumping back and forth between the Gulf war, Vietnam, and WW I and II.

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- Kevin

Good read & very enjoyable

I got this book out of curiosity and found it both interesting and moving at times. Good narration and engaging story.
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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-31-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio