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4.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 54.00028195304057 out of 5 4.00 (20,358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: W. Bruce Cameron Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781427286871
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A Dog’s Purpose—the #1 New York Times bestseller—is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid.

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Bailey's story continues in A Dog's Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog's Purpose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I loved the book and I could not put it down. It really made me think about the purpose of life. At the end, I cried. Temple Grandin, New York Times bestselling author of Animals in Translation

  • Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie. Kirkus Reviews
  • A Dog's Purpose is the most accurate window into a dog's mind I have ever encountered. I couldn't put it down, and once I finished it, I actually felt is if my dog, who had recently passed away, was speaking to me through this book. A triumph, impeccably detailed with intelligence and heart. Dina Zaphiris, Host, "Petfinder" Animal Planet
  • Usually when I read a book this brilliantly written, I wish I had written it, but in this case I'm just grateful it was written at all. For years I grieved and agonized over the choices I made in caring for my dog at the end of her life, but after hearing from Bailey how deeply our dogs feel what we humans go through, I know my dog loved me till the end, and loves me still, as I love her. This book healed me. Cathryn Michon, author of The Grrl Genius Guide to Life

  • I finished this book and wanted to read it all over again. A funny, enchanting, and utterly believable story of the multiple lives of a most articulate canine, A Dog's Purpose convinced me that there must be reincarnation and that author W. Bruce Cameron was once a dog. How else could he so poignantly detail life, love, and loyalty from the four-pawed point of view? Victoria Moran, author of Living a Charmed Life
  • A Dog's Purpose takes the reader on a special journey, exploring the mysterious and marvelous bond between people and animals. Bruce Cameron spins a tale of tails that wag, lessons that are learned, and special relationships that shine with courage and devotion. A good book to read with your best friend at your side. Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and co founder of the Animal Rescue Foundation
  • Finally, a fictional dog who is a real dog! Anyone who has ever loved a dog needs to read this wise, touching, often hilarious book. Bailey, the narrator, tells the absolute dog truth about how intuitive your dog is, how profoundly your dog loves you (and how very much they love to roll in road kill, and how puzzled they are that you don't love it, too). Most importantly, this book allows the reader to intimately experience a genuine dog's eye view of the bond between dogs and humans, and how nothing, not even death, can ever end that bond. Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on Good Morning America and the Dr. Oz Show
  • This book is a classic. A beautiful, uplifting, tenderly told, frequently funny, and exquisitely moving story…I am awash in the tears of recognition every dog lover will shed when they read this remarkable book. Iris Dart, New York Times bestselling author of Beaches
  • This is an exquisite, magical, fantastic book. I devoured it in a, "I-resent-anything-that-prevents-me-from-getting-back-to-the-book-why-do-I-have-to-work-my-kid-is-almost-six-can't-he-drive-himself-to-school?" way. I adored Bailey, the dog narrator, and though I got teary, I absolutely loved this book. You should quickly fetch "A Dog's Purpose," an exemplar of the literary canine canon. Duncan Strauss, Host,"Talking Animals" NPR
  • This wonderfully imagined, inspirational tale is told by a spiritual guide dog who teaches us that our life's purpose is best accomplished when the word "love" is a verb. Bailey the dog knows the profound truths: there is no death, and fear is our greatest enemy. If you are a human, you need to read this treasure of a book. Dannion Brinkley, New York Times Best Selling Author, "Saved By the Light"
  • “This quickly paced, touching novel will charm all animal fans, especially those who loved Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain.”

    Booklist

  • “By turns funny, heartwarming, and touching without being overly sentimental, Cameron’s novel successfully illuminates the breadth of the American dogscape.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Marley and Me combined with Tuesdays with Morrie.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/11/2017

    " I loved this audiobook! First purchase on my account and so worthwhile! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aldi | 2/19/2014

    " Well, I'll just say that if you DON'T want to reliably dissolve into a snotty bawling mess (several times), you probably should steer clear of this one. And regardless of motivation, if you read this book and DON'T dissolve into a snotty bawling mess, you should get yourself checked out because you might be an android. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christi | 2/17/2014

    " A very emotionally & spiritually charged book. I thought it was beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 2/15/2014

    " A must read for dog lovers!! I fell in love with this book. What a sweet story! It made me appreciate my furry friends even more than I did before! <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 2/15/2014

    " I just finished reading A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. I am a dog lover with 3 pugs and was of course interested in a story about dogs, but this story completely took hold of me so I almost could not put it down! I laughed, I cried and then cried again - what a wonderful book!!! I will be reading his next book called A Dog's Journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 2/13/2014

    " This is the story of a dog from his point of view. First he's born into a litter of wild dogs, taken to a shelter where he learns doggy ways, but is killed by a vicious stray. He's reborn as a purebred golden retriever and has a wonderful life with his boy and dies of old age. Then he's reborn again and becomes a K-9 officer. In his 4th life, he meets up again with his boy and fulfills his purpose. This book started out to be quite cute and fun, but I must admit I only skimmed the last 100 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Mattson | 2/6/2014

    " Not really what I expected but was still good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Rackley | 1/18/2014

    " Oh gosh, I read this book years ago, and it tore me up inside. Amazing, powerful, hilarious, romantic... and all from a dog's point of view. I remember crying over it multiple times, and laughing out loud in public. This is a definite must-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terrie | 1/17/2014

    " I loved this book, it is one of the best books I have ever read. Definitely in my top 3! This is a must read for all dog lovers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/12/2014

    " I had high standards of a dog-narrated book (it feels weird saying that) after having finished "The Art of Racing in the Rain". I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and would recommend it to friends who enjoyed Racing in the Rain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melina Corso | 12/26/2013

    " Loved it! Makes you wonder about dogs and how they seem to get you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/19/2013

    " I'm not a dog or animal person. But this book made me think I could be. I loved the stories of the dog's lives. it might be a little sappy but I found it to be a wonderful and quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawna Jercinovich | 12/17/2013

    " The author captured how a dog thinks beautifully! Laughed and I cried but mostly fell in love with the spirit of this dog he is just beautiful as dogs are! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/9/2013

    " Wonderful, moving and one of those memorable reads.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryJo | 12/8/2013

    " LOVED IT!! Great story about a dog's purpose in life told from the perspective of the dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/28/2013

    " Seriously is this how dogs think? Too cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mya | 11/18/2013

    " Such a sweet story. Easy to read - it'll be over before you know it. I must read if you like dogs (even a little bit). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 9/27/2013

    " Delightful. In A Dog's Purpose we follow one dog through several different lives, as different breeds and genders, with different people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Harper | 9/16/2013

    " Not your usual dog story. Truly a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 7/15/2013

    " This book was simplistic, overly sentimental and predictable. I still sobbed through most of it and so hope dogs really do experience life as told through this beautiful story. I love my own dog even more after having read it. I'm asking my 12 & 14 year old sons to read it next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/4/2013

    " For all of you dog lovers out there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Marcheselli | 4/20/2013

    " Easy to read. Excellent story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 12/8/2012

    " This was a good book with an interesting perspective and a creative ending to tie it altogether. Not as good as Marley and Me or The Art of Racing in the Rain, but still a good book nonetheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/2/2012

    " Wow. Brilliant. I loved this book. Dog lovers, prepare to laugh and cry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sallyann | 6/15/2012

    " Again, a really interesting idea, but poorly executed - what a shame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debi | 3/15/2012

    " I took a break from reading mysteries when I picked up A dogs life, the sequel to this book. Both are based on the life of dogs, you can draw your own conclusions whether or not it is the same dog living several different lives, Loved both of them. Shed tears, of course "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2012

    " Grace brought this book home from a book fair at school and read it. When she was finished she said I should really read it. I did. I loved it! If you love dogs you should read this book. It's written from the dog's perspective. So heartwarming! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha Stroud-Merry | 1/23/2012

    " loved. cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Jasso | 12/3/2011

    " Loved it- laughed and cried "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayna Smith | 10/16/2011

    " A book for dog-lovers everywhere. This is the story of one dog's purpose in life being fulfilled through a series of reincarnations. You will laugh and cry and look at your own dog in a whole new way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 8/9/2011

    " I loved this book. Such a sweet story. It's a great book for kids 12 and older too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna Barcelo | 7/25/2011

    " Very sweet. Very humorous. Quick and insightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 5/23/2011

    " Best. Book. Ever. Do not miss this amazing read. Started it in the bookstore, took it home and finished it in one long night (with one early groggy morning at work the next day). I laughed, I cried, I couldn't stop thinking about it. So I read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 5/21/2011

    " This was a really good book. I loved it. I was not so sure about this one but I read it anyway, and it was amazing. I cried though, but I get pretty emotional when it comes to dogs.
    I'm glad he found his purpose, but I won't ruin it for everyone else ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/21/2011

    " I'm an avid reader and I can't recall when I have been so moved by a book. Goes in my top ten of all time. A book to read and reread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 5/21/2011

    " Wonderful, wonderful story. I loved it. A must for anyone who ever had a dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magnum | 5/19/2011

    " I loved this book so much. It was so very sweet. I laughed out loud a few times and cried like a little girl, too. Would recommend it to anyone who has ever loved a dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 5/18/2011

    " this was a very touching story about a dog and his many lives. i was a little judging about it at first, and the more i read, the mor ei found i couldnt put it down. i loved this book and i know you will too!!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 5/18/2011

    " If you are a dog lover, this one will get to you, in a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Anne | 5/18/2011

    " If you have a dog, this is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/17/2011

    " It's incredibly sweet, very creative, and surprisingly philosophical. I wrote a column in which I mentioned the book for the Chicago Tribune. Will post link when it runs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joella | 5/15/2011

    " A charming story of a dog's several lives and how he made several human's lives better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ceecee | 5/14/2011

    " Amazing! Everyone needs to read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/11/2011

    " I loved this book. I finished it a year ago and I still think about it. Anyone who has ever loved a dog should read this book. "

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About the Author
Author W. Bruce Cameron

W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series. He has twice received the National Society of Newspaper Columnist’s award for Best Humor Columnist, and his weekly nationally syndicated column is published in more than fifty newspapers. He lives in California.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.