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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An amusing love letter to his golden retriever.”


  • “A delightful read…an unusually effective brief for the joy that dogs bring us.”

    American Spectator

  • “One dog book that everyone…will deeply enjoy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  •  “A humorous, poignant portrait of [a] remarkable dog.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Reca | 2/19/2014

    " I always enjoy a good animal read and this one was enjoyable. Trixie seemed like the perfect dog and I hope that my own golden puppy grows up to be half as well behaved as Trixie. I do love the fact that attention was brought to Canine Companions for Independence since service animals are amazing creatures. This book only got three stars because I think I enjoy a little more drama from my animals. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin | 2/7/2014

    " If you love dogs (especially if you love golden retrievers) you will love this book. As the owner of a special golden retriever myself, I could relate to the personality and behaviors of this lovely dog. Koontz briefly discusses his dismal childhood which gives you some insight into why a sweet loving dog had such an impact on him. Be warned you will cry when the dog's big little life comes to an end. This is not a great piece of literature but it is a fast read, and a heartfelt book that you will only care about if you have cared about a dog like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/29/2014

    " I have read many of Dean Koontz's mystery novels I was happily surprised at how bright, and truly joyous this book is. This book truly shows how a dog can not only change your life, but also how a dog will teach you truly unconditional love. I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristin Dombrowik | 1/25/2014

    " Dogs are so much more than a pet. After reading this, it remonds me everyday of how dogs have become such an important part of peoples lives. "

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