Cracker!

  • by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Narrated by Kimberly Farr
  • 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cracker is one of the United States Army's most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That was nice, too.Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family, his sergeant, and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store.
When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.
Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler.

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Point of View

The point of view from the soldier's to Willie's to Cracker- brilliant. The Vietnam war stories are somewhat ignored and this brings a personal understanding of one part of the war. Dog owners will feel the connection!
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- Cindy

Best Book About the Best Dog in Vietnam

What did you love best about Cracker!?

It was endearing, it was suspensful, it was lovely, it was emotional. All the things a relationship with a dog is. I enjoyed it very much!


What did you like best about this story?

How real the fictional story was.


What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

Her ability to capture each character as she went along.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh out loud, giggle and cry... It was very stirring


Any additional comments?

I would not hesitate to reccomend this book!

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- Leslie-Ann "“I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2007
  • Publisher: Listening Library