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4.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 54.31 out of 5 4.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Dean Koontz Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781455841103
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In a profound, funny, and beautifully rendered portrait of a beloved companion, bestselling novelist Dean Koontz remembers the golden retriever who changed his life. A retired service dog, Trixie was three when Dean and his wife, Gerda, welcomed her into their home. She was superbly trained, but her greatest gifts couldn’t be taught: her keen intelligence, her innate joy, and an uncanny knack for living in the moment. Whether chasing a tennis ball or protecting those she loved, Trixie gave all she had to everything she did, inspiring Dean and Gerda to trust their instincts and recapture a sense of wonder that will remain with them always. Trixie lived fewer than twelve years; in this wide world, she was a little thing. But in every way that mattered, she lived a big life.

“A humorous, poignant portrait of [a] remarkable dog.” —Kirkus Reviews

“One dog book that everyone…will deeply enjoy.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A delightful read…an unusually effective brief for the joy that dogs bring us.” —The American Spectator

“A tender, insightful, loving homage…an inspirational book of love, hope and humor.” —Bookreporter.com

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katlet | 2/15/2014

    " This was a quick, fun read. There were some times that I felt like Koontz was a little too... twee? But overall a great book about a sweet dog who became part of the family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robyn | 2/7/2014

    " Was an enjoyable book to listen to while walking in the woods with my dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edie Leffingwell | 2/5/2014

    " The story of Trixie warms your heart and is an example of a very smart dog who is much loved. The final days and end of her life provide comfort and understanding for those who have lost a pet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marylee | 2/5/2014

    " I love this book! As a "mother" of a golden retriever ... it has so much insight and love! I loved knowing more about Dean Koontz and his wife even though his books are not my type of stories, I loved reading about his personal life! This is a must read for animal lovers!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 2/3/2014

    " Lovely memoir of his Golden. Not what I expected of Dean Koontz, but pleasantly surprise. Of course, I cried my eyes out the last 2-3 chapters, but that is unavoidable with any dog story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindi | 1/31/2014

    " A wonderful dog book. He is a great writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Hebert | 1/28/2014

    " in this memoir of his golden retriever trixie, dean koontz celebrates all things dog; their joy, their heart, their soul, and especially their effect on us humans, who do not deserve their affection, but are given it freely anyway. as a life long animal lover, I loved reading the things I have felt and known, put into words as only dean koontz can, with his masterful use of language. when you read this book, you will laugh, and yes, you will cry, and you will be filled with love and hope. this book is good medicine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/25/2014

    " I love Dean Koontz, but this memoir took his writing to a new level. . .pure love! :) I absolutely adored this book and I admire Mr. Koontz even more now because of it. If you're a dog lover. . . it's a must read for you and worth adding to your library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 1/13/2014

    " Excellent story. There's a spiritual aspect to this book that I didn't realize when I started reading, but really came to appreciate by the book's end. I may even read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/10/2014

    " I love dog stories and this one really touched my heart "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Benoit | 1/1/2014

    " Absolutely loved this book-very touching story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crys Mascarenas | 12/26/2013

    " I'd give this story 10 stars if I could. So very sweet... This is a book about friendship, love, and angels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 12/12/2013

    " I have never read one of his novels, and I don't really know anything about them, but this writing style was wonderful and the whole thing brought misty tears of sentiment to my eyes. A joyful dog indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/11/2013

    " If you love dogs, you should read this! Cute and quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelique | 10/12/2013

    " Absolutely loved it although the ending caused me to use a half a box of Kleenex! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penn | 10/4/2013

    " What a sweet, wonderful story. Really enjoyed listening to this on my round trip to Jacksonville today. Never read any of Dean Koontz's books, but this one I loved! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 9/1/2013

    " I have read a lot of Dean Koontz, but this one is totally different. I could really identify with it since I had a dog like Trixie. Of course, I cried at the end, because we know how all dog stories must end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline115 | 8/27/2013

    " Not 5 stars....but six or seven.....awwwwwww "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 karen | 5/28/2013

    " A great wonderful book if you love dogs especially Goldenseal "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindamac | 4/26/2013

    " A wonderful book! Full of love of a dog. Made me cry! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 12/25/2012

    " beautiful memoir by Koontz about how the first dog he and his wife ever had changed their lives in so many positive ways. Koontz reads the audio and does it very well. I highly recommend the audio version. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 9/2/2012

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this. I suspect that if I was a fan of Dean Koontz's fiction, I would have an even deeper appreciation for the way Trixie affected his writing. As it is I found this memoir thoughtful, hilarious, touching, well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/9/2011

    " a Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog was a book worth reading if you are an aminal lover. You will find yourself relating to the love that is lavished on Trixie and also the love she gives in return. Definitely a book worth reading.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gale Deangelis | 7/24/2011

    " It's okay. He babbles a lot and gets off track. But I love Goldens, I don't think I'll be able to finish it though. I can't handle the dog dying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine | 7/14/2011

    " A wonderful, beautiful book. A wonderful, precious pet. So touching, makes me remember everyday to hug my dog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Boer | 7/14/2011

    " It's just a book of cute stories his dog did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 7/1/2011

    " It is the story of a dog. And even though I knew how it would end, I still enjoyed the ride. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendi | 6/29/2011

    " If anyone has ever loved a pet, you need to read this book. It was a wonderful, wonderfully sad book. Made me cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katlet | 6/7/2011

    " This was a quick, fun read. There were some times that I felt like Koontz was a little too... twee? But overall a great book about a sweet dog who became part of the family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/2/2011

    " Very well written, enjoyable even if you aren't a dog lover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/17/2011

    " I loved this book...it got a little wordy at times, but I love that I read it and "got to know" Trixie. I rec this book to anyone who has a dog that is only a dog in body, but has the soul of a human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/27/2011

    " So good I cried at every chapter. Sometimes they were happy tears, sometimes sad. Really a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 4/16/2011

    " Great book! Trixie was an amazing dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 4/14/2011

    " A very tender story. This dog really has a cute personality and you can see that come out of the book through the way Koontz writes it. I am a dog person anyway so I really enjoyed this book. It made me want to get a dog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lola | 4/5/2011

    " Can't we all go on & on about our dogs? I read 170 pages of this book about Trixie but then wanted to get on to reading something else. Dogs are our wonderful & faithful companions. You might want to read this book. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of the most popular writers in the world. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in thirty-eight languages with worldwide sales over 400 million copies. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sixteen have risen to the number one position in paperback. Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and television miniseries, including the highly rated Intensity on the Fox Network. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever Trixie.