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Notes from the Dog Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Notes from the Dog (Unabridged), by Gary Paulsen
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (863 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gary Paulsen Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Fourteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer, Finn is hoping for a job where he doesn't have to talk to anyone except his buddy, Matthew. Then he meets Johanna, who's living next door. She's a graduate student in her 20s, cool and funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan thinks she's great too.

Johanna's dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn help take care of her - and come to care for her. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his efforts backfire comically. But Johanna, and working in the garden, help Finn discover his hidden talent for connecting with people.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jenn | 2/11/2014

    " Call me biased by Gary Paulsen is one of those authors that I feel can do little wrong. I knew I would love the book before I even started it, and it didn't disappoint. I suppose the reason why I couldn't rate it five stars is the choppiness of the main themes of the book. Gardening + breast cancer + teenage boy = good story? It almost feels like Paulsen drew three random topics out of a hat and was dared to weave them together. Paulsen did a pretty great job of it, but it still felt a little unnatural in a way that I can't put my finger on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Ashley Fricker | 2/8/2014

    " Love this story! Finn is a young boy who needs a self-esteem boost and Johanna does just that! At 24 she moves next door. She has breast cancer and is fighting for her life with chemotherapy. Although what she is facing is mentally and physically painful she keeps a positive attitude on life. I wish we could all be a little more like Johanna. Faces many themes including: character development, death, cancer, friends, relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jonah D. | 1/30/2014

    " Imagine a very shy person whose whole summer plan is not be social and not to talk to anyone unless he absolutely has to. Then his life changes when he meets one new person who changes him forever. I thought that Notes From the Dog was a great well thought out book. It had a lot of great and interesting ideas. It was cool to see how one person can effect someone so much even after they are gone. The plot made it very easy to see the evolution of all the charecters they all found their inner self it this great realistic book. In all it was a great, interesting, and inspiring book. The book started when the main character, Finn was just on the stairs to his house when he meets a college student named Johanna who has breast cancer they become amazing friends and later raise money and do a triathlon for breast cancer. in all i would give it two tail wags. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Leah | 1/22/2014

    " I think this book was trying to do too many things at once. The "notes from the dog" was such a small part of the story (in my view) that I don't think the title is really appropriate. The characters were very 2D, which I can forgive for being such a small book. Still, this book was just ok. "

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About the Author
Author Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor Books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the ALA for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.