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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (619 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Merrill Markoe Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Walking in Circles before Lying Down comes a hilarious novel about a man who won’t grow up, his confused relationships with women, and his four (talking) dogs.

At forty-seven, Gil is the world’s oldest twenty-two-year-old man. He lives rent-free as a handyman in the LA summer house of a couple of rich retirees who only come out for vacations. Gruff, shrewdly observant, but perplexed and beleaguered by women since his nasty divorce, Gil has been dating Sara, an animal communicator, long enough to converse freely with all four of his dogs (especially Jimmy, the alpha). When Jimmy learns Gil isn’t his biological father, he demands to meet his birth mother, a dog owned by Gil’s sexy ex-wife, Eden, now remarried to a much wealthier man. Then Gil’s employers take their vacation, forcing him to relocate and setting in motion an odyssey that ultimately shines a light on the root of Gil’s problems with women and adulthood by forcing him to move in with his mother.

Filled with the sharp social and sexual insight—and an uncanny understanding of the thought processes of dogs—that have become Merrill Markoe’s trademarks, Nose Down, Eyes Up is a howlingly funny story of love, sex, and the meaning of family.

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  • “The conversations with the wry, wise and lovable Jimmy (and his three other oddball dog pals) comprise the novel’s heart and comedic through-line—discourse ranges from business matters to why dogs pee so many times during walks. Markoe’s hilarious dialogue should be a must-read for dog lovers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Dog-crazy or otherwise, every reader will find much to contemplate and laugh at in this story about human and animal nature, furry or not.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alicia | 2/20/2014

    " What a cute book! Another one involving dogs so this is for dog lovers only! Funny and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Lou | 2/6/2014

    " Laugh-out-loud funny in the beginning, this story of a semi-unemployed, forty-something man trying to navigate the firestorm of trouble that is aroused by his chance encounter with his ex-wife in a convenience store in Malibu (all puns intended) loses its way about two-thirds of the way through the book. This feels like a really good sketch the Merrill Markoe came up with for Letterman, didn't get used, but was adapted into a novel. Dog lovers will enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of Jimmy, the alpha dog of the household. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claire Johnson | 2/2/2014

    " Wow, what a disappointment from an author I really, really like. With an ingenious idea first introduced in her previous book, I was so ready to love this book. Love this book forever. Yes, it was funny (this woman can't help but write funny), but the protagonist was so morally bankrupt that I couldn't in any way be sympathetic to him. He is a lying skank, who is only honest and loving with his dogs. In fact, the novel is populated with some very, very ugly people, and, unfortunately, I count the protagonist as one of them. Yes, it is extremely difficult to write a character with warts that remains sympathetic, but she pushed this character too far. In an attempt to take some of the dross off of his character, she makes the truly nice people in the novel objects of his scorn. What ends up happening is that the reader doesn't like ANY of these characters, with the exception of the dogs. I kept wincing as this jerk kept piling on the lies. After a certain point, these lies were pointless or so self-serving that his abrupt epiphany at the end of the book seemed out of nowhere. This protagonist was surfing very close to the edge of being a sociopath as far as I was concerned, so the resolution of the novel felt forced. This book (as so many others I've read recently) desperately needed an editor. Markoe's humor often walks the line, and an editor would have kept her ON that line, as opposed to what we have here, which is someone who has tumbled over the line and the humor starts to become mean-spirited and more mockery than anything else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Samantha Hinderman | 1/21/2014

    " This is such a great book. Its cute and a little bit sad, but I really enjoy the book. "

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About the Author
Author Merrill Markoe

Merrill Markoe has won a number of Emmy Awards for her comedy writing on Late Night with David Letterman. She has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, New York Woman, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as television shows, such as Moonlighting and Sex and the City. Merrill is the author of several books of humorous essays and the novels It’s My F—ing Birthday and What the Dogs Have Taught Me. She is also coauthor, with Andy Prieboy, of the novel The Psycho Ex Game.