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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:
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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!


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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by E | 2/11/2014

    " A really special book. "

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

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

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