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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (630 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Nelson Narrator: Josh Clark Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781615730919
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Hack writer Paul Gustavson has a life full of obstacles. His wife left, his father had a stroke, his girlfriend is dating another man, his brother lost his parents' money in bad stocks. The one constant in his life is Stella, his aging Lab-shepherd mix, a Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nelson captures the importance of a relationship between a man and his dog, especially in how it can foster and strengthen other relationships.”

    Library Journal

  • “Ultimately, I Thought You Were Dead is about the catastrophes that make a person realize his life is a mess, then do everything he can to put his life back together—perhaps, in the process, creating something better than he dared to hope for.”

    BookPage

  • “Stella the dog is always charming. And there’s a dignity and gravity to Paul’s affection for her…Their friendship [is] one of the best ever put down on paper.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Heartfelt and nostalgic in tone…Stella’s wisdom sets the luckless Paul on a brighter life path. It’s her nobility…that gives the story its power.”

    USA Today

  • “[I Thought You Were Dead] has a low-key, indie-movie vibe, with Stella sounding like Juno’s older, world-weary aunt.”

    Washington Post

  • “Paul’s thoughts are read simply and in a straightforward fashion that seems just right for the character’s many interior monologues. [The narrator] is especially good as the calming voice of Stella (Paul’s faithful dog), who has her master pretty well pegged yet loves him, warts and all.”

    Booklist

  • “Pete Nelson has spun a beautiful ballad out of the humblest elements: an old dog, a drinking problem, a Minnesota family, and a woman torn between two lovers. He’s also written a truly outstanding talking-dog story. With exquisite tone control, Nelson has given us a story that’s sweet and loving but never sentimental. This could easily be the book the smarter people in Lake Wobegon might be reading on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, when football’s not in season.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • Selected for the April 2010 Indie Next List
  • A #1 Book Sense Pick in 2010

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 2/11/2014

    " A really special book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky C. | 1/31/2014

    " A twist on the typical dog books-- in this one the main human character, Paul, can actually carry on conversations with his dog. An enjoyable read, touching and bittersweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/28/2014

    " This book made me cry! anyone that has had a dog that they have loved will cry too. It was a good story that felt like a "real" person that you knew, not just a character from a book. Thanks Alison for letting me borrow it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/22/2014

    " Life lessons coupled with the relationship between a dog and his owner - a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/22/2014

    " Funny, sad, love story. Stella the golden lab who gives honest advice. A quirky at times book but one that stayed with me for a long time after I finnished reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/21/2014

    " Much of the book is a 3-star rating, but I liked the ending so much I raised it to a 4-star. A little bit of a tear jerker (this is a dog story, so we all know how those stories go), but it has an uplifting ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 1/21/2014

    " I got sucked right into this tale of redemption. I gave it an extra star, just for Stella. I don't want to say too much about it, or it'll be nonstop spoilers, but let it suffice to say that I cried all morning and into the afternoon. There is a tendency for this novel to stray into the Land of Schmaltz, but it doesn't take itself too seriously, and there are so many Bad Dad jokes. In fact, I'll be emailing him the limerick, he'll love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 1/18/2014

    " It was...okay. There were a few great insights, though I'm not sure I'd necessarily recommend this to anyone. It was just okay. "

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

    " I found the conversations in this book between Paul & Stella to be quite believable. I loved Stella's quiet dignity and her logical 'voice' in her conversations with Paul. I know this book was about more than a dog, but she was my favorite part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/26/2013

    " A love story with a funny and wise dog and she talks! What's not to like? A mixed up middle aged man has a dog who is more than he deserves, but she loves him anyway and helps him find his way back to love. It's funny, sweet, sad, and satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 12/23/2013

    " Thanks to my mom's suggestion (and subsequent b-day gift) I read and really enjoyed this. Interesting family dynamics and I usually enjoy books about dogs (big surprise there). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/20/2013

    " It was a little hard to get into the idea of a talking dog, but once I did I was hooked. This is kind of the male version of chick-lit. Warning: If you are a dog lover then you will bawl while reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabrina Gilbert | 12/20/2013

    " Decent book chronicling the growth of an adult man through different loving relationships. The fact that he could 'talk' to his dog was a little weird, and it was never explained. However, the dog-man relationship turned out to be the most interesting and touching story in the whole book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby Teplin | 12/14/2013

    " If you're a "dog person"(and I am)you will enjoy this book. Paul (the human) and Stella (the dog) have some delightful and insighful conversations. An easy read for me, and full of both wit and sadness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 12/11/2013

    " This book had quite a bit of unreached potential. The discussions with the dog weren't even the most interesting part and it didn't feel like we were really ever completely engaged. Skip it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Bonnett | 8/20/2013

    " Delightful. Almost fluff, but not quite. The voice of the dog didn't bother me a bit, which I thought it might. Linda and Missy should both read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste Dunne | 1/31/2013

    " A roller coaster of emotions. He carries on conversations with Stella his aging dog. Very good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandyezzell | 11/9/2012

    " Kind of depressing but funny in parts. Love that he talks to his dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Luchsinger-Boice | 11/3/2012

    " I enjoyed the story but felt like it got wrapped up too neatly at the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 10/26/2012

    " I really wanted to like this book but it just seemed to creep along and I lost interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/31/2012

    " Highly recommended and not just to dog lovers. The protagonist has women problems and a drinking problem. His story is very relatable and told with a lot of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/21/2012

    " I didn't expect this book to make me cry! I thought it was going to be a light-hearted book about a guy and his dog, but it was more than that, and I have to say I wasn't ready to be sitting in Firestone waiting on my car to be fixed and crying over this book! It was a very good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 8/17/2012

    " A sweet story, maybe a little bland or typical for the male midlife crisis, but well told and honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/6/2012

    " This was a surprise. It's sweet and...sort of beautifully understated. The real love story, to my mind, is between our narrator and Stella. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi | 7/1/2012

    " I like dogs. I loved Stella. Thought it was an interesting approach to explore challenges of a current life situation. The title is a turn-off, but maybe a marketing ploy? Try it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 5/27/2012

    " I should know better than to pick up and read any book with an animal in it. I always cry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 2/25/2012

    " A funny, poignant, quirky story about a guy who has a lot of dysfunction in his life, but his one saving grace is Stella, his talking dog. It's not as hokey as it sounds. It's good. Give it a try. "

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

    " This book made me laugh, cry, and sit back and ponder . Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Simpson | 11/3/2011

    " Stella is awesome! What a dog. Wish my dog could talk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 9/9/2011

    " Terrific interaction between the two protagonists. Makes me look at my dog and wonder where I went wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam Fischer | 7/31/2011

    " I didn't like the sad part in the book. Hit a little to close to home for me. A little less detail on that would have been better at least for me and anyone who has been there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 4/29/2011

    " I didn't expect this book to make me cry! I thought it was going to be a light-hearted book about a guy and his dog, but it was more than that, and I have to say I wasn't ready to be sitting in Firestone waiting on my car to be fixed and crying over this book! It was a very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 4/29/2011

    " A roller coaster of emotions. He carries on conversations with Stella his aging dog. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/22/2011

    " I am actually rating this book a 3.5, but because I liked the ending I'm rounding up to a 4. Good book, very readable, of course I loved Stella. This would be a nice rainy day book or a beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 treehugger | 4/19/2011

    " Super great book - I LOVED Stella and the author has clearly had some really wonderful relationships with his dogs!! Quick, satisfying read fulfilling all the requirements set forth by the female reader!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2011

    " I won this book on Goodreads, the cover of the book caught my eye, I love dogs, I laughed some and cried some, it was an easy read, well written, you start to read and you can't put it down, at least for me it was. Well worth the read, would recommend to anyone. "

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

    " Zipped right through this charming story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/4/2011

    " Delightful. Almost fluff, but not quite. The voice of the dog didn't bother me a bit, which I thought it might. Linda and Missy should both read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 3/23/2011

    " The sad life of Paul, a divorced writer, as seen through the eyes of his loving dog, Stella. Intriguing premise, but it doesn't live up to its early promise of an unusual relationship between a man and his dog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 3/20/2011

    " This book had quite a bit of unreached potential. The discussions with the dog weren't even the most interesting part and it didn't feel like we were really ever completely engaged. Skip it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Komal | 3/11/2011

    " The dog in this book is incredibly wise...and just might be the only saving grace. I couldn't get into the book unfortunately. "

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About the Author
Author Pete Nelson

Pete Nelson is the author of several books, including Left for Dead. He is also a singer-songwriter with a select but devoted following. He is not, however, the Pete Nelson who writes books about tree houses, although he has nothing against them. He lives in Westchester County, New York.