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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (433 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martin Kihn Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781611747492
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Hola, a Bernese mountain dog, has never been trained. Her master, Marty, is a high-functioning, alcoholic who is in debt, out of shape, and about to lose his job. And his wife is threatening to leave if he can't get his dog under control. And so Marty an Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 2/18/2014

    " I loved this book because it's about redemption, humility and getting a handle on one's place in the world. The framework of all this is the training of a lovable, possibly untrainable Bernese Mountain dog named Hola. Hola's training is the road back to life for her alcoholic, wife-separated owner, who, along the way, learns just as much about himself as he does about his dog as they make their way--and not always without missteps--toward triumph. A poignant, heartfelt memoir that offers as many life lessons as it does lessons in dog behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 2/11/2014

    " What a delightful story...a great read for any dog lover. I learned a lot about dogs from the author's trials and tribulations. It never ceases to amaze me how clever dogs are...we seldom enable our dogs to reach potential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/5/2014

    " author describes training his badly behaved bernese mountain dog, and his struggle with alcoholism. seems a bit disjointed at the beginning. worth sticking with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/29/2014

    " This is probably the closest I'll get to reading a "dog book" - whether it be a "Marley and Me" heartwrencher or a how-to-raise-an-obedient0dog guide - because it has a touch but not too much of that genre. It's more of a memoir about a smart, talented alcoholic whose marriage is on the rocks in part because of his unruly Bernese mountain dog Hola but also, although it's not all that clear, because of things like the author's drinking. What makes the book such a great read is the writer's wit - he's a tv comedy writer and it shows. Apparently he also went to my high school. I also learned what it takes for a dog and owner to earn a Canine Good Citizen Award (CGC) from the American Kennel Club - and that my Vizsla Ernie and I are not likely to do so anytime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam Robbins | 1/22/2014

    " I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed this book as it was not what I expected. Instead of a love story, the author tells the story of his recovery from alcoholism and the rebuilding of his marriage through training and bonding with his dog. It brought back a lot of memories of my first time trying to train my first dogs. I had forgotten how difficult the leaning process is in he beginning and how much the dogs inadvertently suffer from our good intentions. A meaningful story entertainingly told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/21/2014

    " Love these life stories. More than just a story of man and his dog. Very interesting about dog training and addiction recovery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa (ladybug) | 1/21/2014

    " Marty, a so called "High functioning alcoholic" (no such animal), and his dog Hola have problems. Marty's wife, after being attacked by Hola, leaves him. After this, Marty gets the idea that if Hola can pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) then his wife will come back to him. The book rambles, a lot, and reminds me of my Grandfather when he was drunk. I don't understand it, because Marty was suppose to have not been drinking at this time. This is why I just could not enjoy it. I also have a problem with Marty insisting on keeping a dog that has attacked his wife. I love dogs myself, but if any of our dogs (no matter how much they are loved) had attacked my Mother, that dog would have either been put down or sent to a dog shelter. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally Pearce | 1/21/2014

    " A quick fun read about an (eventually) recovering alcoholic and his traning of Hola, a Bernese Mountain Dog. I enjoyed it a lot! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 1/11/2014

    " Alcoholic author gets girl. Couple get dog. Dog bites girl repeatedly. Alcoholic author and dog lose girl. Alcoholic author gets sober and takes dog training classes. Dog learns. Recovering alcoholic author gets girl again. Happily ever-after. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 1/6/2014

    " This story is fabulous! Witty and clever and loving. Dogs are so much smarter than people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/2/2014

    " Good book. A bit much for me on the AA philosophy but it's part of the writer's personal journey. It's actually pretty cool how he ties it in to the dog's training. I really like how the relationship between the man and dog progresses. It's very well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/10/2013

    " A cute, and at times, poignant read. A fast read, for dog lovers. I enjoyed the writing. A bit predictable. (Don't look at the pictures before you read the book!) Worth it, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 11/20/2013

    " A must read for dog owners; especially if despite your best efforts your dog pretty much does what IT wants to not what you think it should be doing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances Davidson | 11/1/2013

    " Expected fiction. Not fiction. But it was a nice enough story. Pretty easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/31/2013

    " Really good read. I was worried because other reviews implied the book was more about the author's alcoholism than the dog. But this was an awesome story of a man and his dog working towards a goal together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sigridur Maria | 10/18/2013

    " Very entertaining and well written. As much about the author's struggle with himself as about him training his dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kcoloney | 8/30/2013

    " True story about one man's addiction, marriage, dog, and how they all interact. Parts were hilarious; others were tragic. I think I might read it again... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda . | 8/29/2013

    " Not what I was expecting. I thought the book would be more about the dog vs. the human with a drinking problem. I really should have not finished the book, it just was a bunch of drunken ramblings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbie Shanahan | 8/17/2013

    " This book reminded me a little too much of our bad dogs but it was a quick easy fun read for any dog lover. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/12/2013

    " I loved this story. It's about redemption and rebirth for a man AND his dog. Just goes to show that until we are healthy ourselves we can't really be so good for others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 6/23/2013

    " The author is very amusing and has a good writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 6/8/2013

    " I enjoyed the story of Hola and her human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 4/25/2013

    " A must read if you are a dog lover - especially if you have a bad dog like me! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 RD Morgan | 3/30/2013

    " I'm obsessed with recovery memoirs, so I was eager to read this one. I disliked the character Martin Kihn portrayed himself as in BAD DOG, though, and his writing wasn't strong enough to keep me interested in his story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/10/2012

    " Bernese Mountain Dog with alcoholic owner. What's not to like? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenna | 6/4/2012

    " I had a major issue at the beginning when he talks about getting a dog from a breeder ("what choice did we have?" um, adopt from a shelter or breed specific rescue, jerk.) but I tried to put that aside and enjoy the rest of the book. And it was an interesting story of their journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/14/2012

    " A bit motivational for me to start training my dog...this is a story of an alcoholic who has a difficult dog, they both enjoy the benefits of support, consistency and friendships. Funny at times, especially when the author has the dog respond to his questions and comments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea "Drea" | 2/22/2012

    " This was just ok. I really wanted another Racing in The Rain or Marley and Me, but it fell pretty short, oh well. "

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About the Author

Martin Kihn is an Emmy Award-nominated former writer for MTV’s Pop-Up Video and the author of House of Lies. He has worked at Spy, Forbes, and New York, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, GQ, Details, and Cosmopolitan. He lives in Minneapolis.

About the Narrator

David Drummond has made his living as an actor for over twenty-five years, appearing on stages large and small throughout the country and in Seattle, Washington, his hometown. He has narrated over thirty audiobooks, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, fantasy, military, thrillers, and humor. He received an AudioFile Earphones Award for his first audiobook, Love ’Em or Lose ’Em: Getting Good People to Stay. When not narrating, he keeps busy writing plays and stories for children.