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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Anna Quindlen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9780743572002
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"The life of a good dog is like the life of a good person, only shorter and more compressed."

So writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen about her beloved black Labrador retriever, Beau. With her trademark wisdom and humor, Quindlen reflects on how her life has unfolded in tandem with Beau's, and on the lessons she's learned by watching him: to roll with the punches, to take things as they come, to measure herself not in terms of the past or the future but of the present, to raise her nose in the air from time to time and, at least metaphorically, holler, "I smell bacon!"

Of the dog that once possessed a catcher's mitt of a mouth, Quindlen reminisces, "There came a time when a scrap thrown in his direction usually bounced unseen off his head. Yet put a pork roast in the oven, and the guy still breathed as audibly as an obscene caller. The eyes and ears may have gone, but the nose was eternal. And the tail. The tail still wagged, albeit at half-staff. When it stops, I thought more than once, then we'll know."

Heartening and bittersweet, Good Dog. Stay. honors the life of a cherished and loyal friend and offers us a valuable lesson on our four-legged family members: Sometimes an old dog can teach us new tricks. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Anna Quindlen celebrates the visceral love we feel for our canine companions.

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia Holtz | 2/20/2014

    " This book was given to me when Wile E. died. It is a lovely essay for all the animal lovers out there as well as a beautiful commentary on family life in general. Very nice. Note: if your animal companion has recently died- get the Kleenex box. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Kester | 2/17/2014

    " A very good read for a dog lover. Very good pictures with a lot of emotions. Talks about what dogs share in our lives! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/16/2014

    " a sentimental book for the sentimental dog owner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 2/13/2014

    " Nice photographs but weak story. Would not recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauretta | 2/12/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook. "

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

    " Thoughtful book about the joy dogs give to our lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/30/2014

    " I also listened to Quindlen read it (book on tape) which was moving. Any pet owner would relate to this book, but be forewarned, it might be so relatable that the sadness is overwhelming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/20/2014

    " A quick read. I literally read it in a day during quick cigarette breaks I took at work. Not as good as some of the other "dog books" but still a good memoir about a dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/16/2014

    " Nice read for a dog lover - it's pretty much an essay in a small book with a ton of pictures, so a good book to either give as a gift or borrow from the library... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 1/9/2014

    " a real dog person's book. i laughed and cried. i even picked out a couple of cute dogs that i wouldn't mind having. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 1/6/2014

    " very short and a tear jerker. Must read if you have a dog. Took me 20 minutes and a couple kleenex! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lee | 12/29/2013

    " My 20th adult book for 2007! I met my goal! Thank you, Santa for bringing a short one! (You should have included a pack of kleenexes with it!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Tice jr | 12/22/2013

    " This book could be about,how he is wheel-barreled up the steps,gray mussel, a little over weight,but the best dog in the world! A great story for any dog owner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denidevine | 12/21/2013

    " Sweet.......... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie B | 12/14/2013

    " Short. Sweet. Tear jerker. "Read" this one on CD, read by the author. Her sarcastic tone was great and made it an enjoyable read/listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 12/9/2013

    " Quick read, very moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel DeBacker | 9/30/2013

    " Quick, cute, well- written. Any dog owner can relate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tess | 7/11/2013

    " fantastic writer, cute, quick read for dog people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 2/9/2013

    " what a gem of a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla Farnham | 1/23/2013

    " This book is a super quick read, half of it is pictures. It makes you wish your own dog would never die. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Yvonne | 12/6/2012

    " I was disappointed.....the text is too short. I found it to be kind of cold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mona | 11/30/2012

    " Absolutely great story of love and absolutely well written!! A very quick read. Get ready to cry! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 8/4/2012

    " A little book, big on impact, like most memories of our favorite dogs. Quindlan gave this memoir to her dog of 15 years the love and attention she's given to all her projects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thebestdogmom Stiner | 7/28/2012

    " Very short book. More like a short story. I wish there was a "this is a sad story" disclaimer before I read it. I like Katz's books better, he says "No dogs die in this book" I don't care if it is a spoiler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/11/2011

    " Great short book for dog lovers "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Tyler | 8/24/2011

    " Any dog lover should read this book! Get a tissue! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 6/26/2011

    " If you have a dog that has grown up with your kids and family; this book says it all. In just 96 pages I was brought to tears! This is a must read for dog lovers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 4/8/2011

    " I read this in 2 hours and was crying the whole time. A must read if you have an old dog in your family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/29/2011

    " Any dog lover should read this book! Get a tissue! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 3/24/2011

    " loved it. a quick read. anyone who owns (ed) , loves (ed) a dog...or 2...or 3 hahaha ---should read. Funny, touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/3/2011

    " Great short book for dog lovers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathie | 2/28/2011

    " I cried reading this book...and not in a bad way! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/2/2011

    " A very quick but enjoyable read, especially if you're a dog owner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milo | 10/28/2010

    " My mom read this to me and we loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 10/7/2010

    " Five minute read but if you've ever loved a dog (especially a Labrador)it's a sweet tearjerker. Lots of great dog pix too. One pix looks just like my black lab Dakota (we lost her last fall) and his niece, our 7-year old yellow lab Guinivere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 8/2/2010

    " A touching, sensitive and funny tribute to a family dog.
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About the Author
Author Anna QuindlenAnna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One.