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3.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 53.09 out of 5 3.09 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Elder Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781400188550
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Michael was four when his relentless campaign for a dog began. At seven, he made a PowerPoint presentation, "My Dog," with headings like "A Childhood Without a Dog Is a Sad Thing." His parents, Janet and Rich, were steadfast; bringing a dog into their fast-paced New York City lives was utterly impractical. However, on a trip to Italy, a chance happening leads Janet to reconsider, a decision then hastened by a diagnosis of breast cancer. Janet decides the excitement of a new puppy would be the perfect antidote to the strain on the family of months of arduous treatments for her illness. The prospect of a new puppy would be an affirmation of life, a powerful talisman for them all. On Thanksgiving weekend, soon after the grueling months of treatments are over, Huck, a sweet, mischievous, red-haired toy poodle, joins the family and wins everyone's hearts. A few months later, the family ventures to baseball's spring training, leaving Huck with Janet's sister in Ramsey, New Jersey. Barely twenty-four hours into the trip, Janet receives the dreaded phone call: Huck has slipped through the backyard fence and run away. Broken-hearted and frantic, the family catches the first plane to New Jersey to begin a search for their lost puppy. It is a race against time, for little Huck is now lost in an area entirely unfamiliar to him, facing the threat of bears and coyotes, swamps and freezing temperatures, rain and fast cars. Moved by the family's plight, strangers-from schoolchildren to townspeople to the police lieutenant-join the search, one that proves to be an unyielding test of determination and faith. Touching and warm-hearted, Huck is a spirit-lifting story about resilience, the generosity of strangers, and hope. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's a modern-day myth that happened to be true. It's a story in which wonderful things occurred because people believed in themselves and in each other. It's a story about the power of love to change our world. Caroline Kennedy
  • “It’s about hope, it’s about fear, it’s about triumph…I guarantee you, you’ll feel better about everything after you read this.”

    David Letterman

  • “There is an aura of happy innocence—a kind of euphoria— pervading this book…Elder shows us humanity in its best light and we are uplifted.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kathi | 5/2/2011

    " Sweet book more about the kindness of strangers than about the actual dog who ran away. Great for persons that love to read animal stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 4/24/2011

    " There was more a story about the kindness of an entire community than anything else. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 4/7/2011

    " So great I had to read it again! TEN STARS! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/4/2011

    " It was cute and a very easy read but I was not blown away. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the writer sounded pretentious when writing about anything non-NYC related. That annoyed me a bit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/31/2011

    " To wordy for me, would not recommend this to any dog lover or any dog hater. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 2/14/2011

    " I LOVED this book. I loved the people, their determination to find their toy poodle, and that Huck loves cream cheese. If you have a dog or love them, you'll enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/14/2011

    " What can I say...I'm a sucker for books about dogs-I just love them! If you like animals, you'll love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/6/2011

    " A good followup to a difficult series to read, I'm already 1/3 of the way through this book. So far it is enjoyable and very light and quick. Unfortunately the title of the book is a spoiler for what I'm guessing happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thebestdogmom | 2/6/2011

    " Cute book, but I got stressed and worried about what if it happened to my dog. Sorry, but I would have been pissed at the lady watching the dog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 1/30/2011

    " Huck turned from a charming beginning to a droning end!
    i wouldn't recommend It. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 1/17/2011

    " very sweet book about human nature and how we love dogs and help each other "

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About the Author

Janet Elder is a senior editor at the New York Times. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, their son, and the family dog.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.