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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Wilson Narrator: Rick Adamson, Fred Berman, Christina Delaine Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781427209245
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"One Good Dog is a wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story about two fighters—one a man, one a dog— hoping to leave the fight behind, who ultimately find their salvation in each other. Susan Wilson's clear and unflinching style is perfectly suited for her story that strips away the trappings and toys we all hide behind, and exposes our essential need to give and accept love in order to thrive."—Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Adam March is a self-made "Master of the Universe." He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words:your sister called. What no one knows is that Adam's sister has been missing for decades. That she represents the excruciatingly painful past he has left behind. And that her absence has secretly tormented him all these years. When his assistant brushes off his request for an explanation in favor of her more pressing personal call, Adam loses it. And all hell breaks loose.

Adam is escorted from the building. He loses his job. He loses his wife. He loses the life he's worked so hard to achieve. He doesn't believe it is possible to sink any lower when he is assigned to work in a soup kitchen as a form of community service. But unbeknownst to Adam, this is where his life will intersect with Chance.

Chance is a mixed breed Pit Bull. He's been born and raised to fight and seldom leaves the dirty basement where he is kept between fights. But Chance is not a victim or a monster. It is Chance's unique spirit that helps him escape and puts him in the path of Adam.

What transpires is the story of one man, one dog, and how they save each other—in ways they never could have expected.

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  • “One Good Dog is a wonderful novel: a moving, tender, and brilliantly crafted story about two fighters--one a man, one a dog--hoping to leave the fight behind, who ultimately find their salvation in each other. Susan Wilson's clear and unflinching style is perfectly suited for her story that strips away the trappings and toys we all hide behind, and exposes our essential need to give and accept love in order to thrive. Garth Stein, New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • Working and writing with Cesar Millan has taught me that no dog is unredeemable, no matter how horrendous its past. Susan Wilson's evocative and deeply moving novel reminds us that even the most unlikely human can also find redemption, sometimes, with a little help from a canine friend. Melissa Jo Peltier, New York Times bestselling co-author of Cesar’s Way
  • One Good Dog will make you cry, will make you laugh, will make you feel things more than you thought possible--and it will make you believe in second chances. Augusten Burroughs
  • One Good Dog is a wonderful novel of healing and redemption. Chance, the four-legged healer and redeemer, will linger in your mind long after the story is done. Spencer Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of Dog On It
  • ONE GOOD DOG EQUALS ONE GREAT BOOK! Rita Mae Brown
  • Anybody who has ever loved a dog - or been "a pack of two," as Chance so aptly puts it - will love One Good Dog. This is the moving story of Adam March, a man who loses everything only to find something much greater, and it reminds us that it's animals that make us our most fully human. I hope Susan Wilson sits and stays - forever. Lisa Scottoline
  • Nowhere can we see the potential for our own redemption more clearly than in the eyes of our dog. Susan Wilson illustrates this truth poignantly and beautifully in this story of second chances. Tami Hoag
  • One Good Dog shows how animals teach us everything about hope, healing, and unconditional love. One Good Dog is a terrific book that held me from beginning to end! Iris Johansen
  • One Good Dog tells the eloquent truth about a brave-hearted dog and a broken-hearted man, the mystical ways they rescue each other. I was so moved by Susan Wilson's writing: her understanding of the lost, in the language of the wild. Luanne Rice

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/14/2014

    " This book was a good read and definitely tugs at your heart strings. It was nicely written to the effect that you could tell the different between Man and Dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Marino | 2/10/2014

    " I liked this book, easy read good story about a CEO who cracks and has to start over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry | 2/9/2014

    " 3.5 Stars.. This book is a similar theme to The Art of Racing in the Rain, but didn't pull me in until about halfway through the book. The dog Enzo in Racing in the rain is better developed, and Adam, the protagonist is really not likable until well into the book. It does get better if you are willing to stick with it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 2/9/2014

    " I'll be honest...starts off a little slow...let me rephrase - Adam March (main human character) is a little (or a lot) hard to like at the beginning...so his part was a little slow to me. The chapters in the view from Chance were great. So glad I stuck through it...was a great work of dog fiction...and yes, you if you are a dog lover, promise you'll be sobbing at the end. Well worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 2/1/2014

    " This was the first book I read from a dog's point of view & it is my absolute favorite! I am partial to this book mainly, I think, because I own a pitbull mix & know quite well the generalized reputation of these dogs. I loved the story of these two lost souls finding each other & how both of their lives changed so dramatically because of it. Would recommend it to dog lovers & not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen Christian | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. My initial impression was one of mediocre writing but as I stuck with it I was drawn into the story. As a veterinarian and the owner of a rescued pit bull I particularly enjoyed the chapters written from the dog's perspective. As with all animal stories more than one tear was shed during the reading of this book. The end felt somewhat rushed, a little chaotic and abrupt but brought relief and closure to a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgina | 1/19/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book on cd. "

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

    " This book started off slow for me and it was kind of frustrating waiting for the main character and the dog to finally find each other. But it really picked up and I planned on rating this book a 4 all the way until the end and then something happened that I thought was totally unnecessary and it still haunts me when I see the cover of this book. If I could rate this book by sections I would give the beginning a 3, the middle a 5 and the end a 2. The book actually had a good ending but that one part just really messed me up and I couldn't get over it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Menolly | 1/14/2014

    " Didn't love this book. Kinda hokey and the main character's a bit of a douche "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 1/13/2014

    " Loved it, dog book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Verdicchio | 1/6/2014

    " What a book!!!! Made me laugh,cry,mad as hell.It will made you believe in second "Chances"..and redemption. Narrated by the 2 main characters Adam & Chance,you get both sides... My "Hazel" is an adopted rescued,red nose pit bull,with a heart bigger than she is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri Carr | 12/19/2013

    " Wow! What a compelling read. Couldn't put it down. Two souls (one canine, one human) meant to be companions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renée | 12/16/2013

    " My only complaint about this book was that I wish it had been longer....loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amie | 12/13/2013

    " This book has sat on the shelf for months here. I picked up the audio version. It is really good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcia Di iulio | 12/4/2013

    " Good read, something light... enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/3/2013

    " I didn't expect too much of this book because I was so impressed with The Art of Racing in the Rain. I was pleasantly surprised. The sory line was intersting and a double redemption is heartwarming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara Bryan | 12/1/2013

    " Enjoyed even though some chapters are the dog talking. Pit bull meets depressed man meets fish store lady. Would give 3 1/2 stars if that was available. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 8/15/2013

    " This was a good book - a bit slow to get going, but worth sticking with it. The best parts were the parts told from the perspective of Chance. It was a great story of redemption, both for Chance and for Adam. I'd recommend it to dog lovers everywhere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/26/2013

    " I couldn't put this one down, even though it's not the best book in the world. Simply written, with hateful characters, the voice of the dog in alternative chapters held me then and still haunts me now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/13/2013

    " Maybe not the most likeable character and a bit predictable, but it was fun to read the chapters from the dog's perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Bringardner | 4/26/2013

    " Clever book, a quick and enjoyable read, written in alternating chapters from the human and canine perspective. A man who is in need of a second chance at life, and a dog who also needs a chance, find each other. It is heartwarming and a fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Gelette | 1/26/2013

    " I loved this book - slow to start but well worth it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelley Perlstein | 11/29/2012

    " a FANTASTIC book on the power of what a pet can do to our lives. As a mom of an adopted rescue (bait dog in a pit ring) the chapters from the dogs point of view were sometimes hard to read, but so wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/19/2012

    " Really good. Don't normally like books that talk from animals perspective, but this was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angi | 10/4/2012

    " I cried and fretted and loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Lee Poli | 5/27/2012

    " One Good Dog is a must read for animal, (dog lovers), It shows the true connection from man's soul to animal's soul. I found this book incredibly passionate, and just a great, great, great story. Susan Wilson has a genuine passion in her writing "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/26/2012

    " Amazing book! Really helps to take a look at what society considers "throw always"! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shira | 4/28/2012

    " I never wanted this book to end. The story stays with you for a long time- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minx | 1/31/2012

    " I expected the book to contain more about the emotional connection of Adam and Chance and more of the story written from Chances point of view. Having said that I really enjoyed this book. The lessons that Adam learns are something that we can all benefit from. The ending bought a tear to my eye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Fariel | 1/22/2012

    " I loved this book about a man and the dog he adopts that was a fighter bit bull. Some chapters are written by the dog and some by Adam, a successful businessman who, because of one outrageous act, falls to the bottom and loses everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndy | 9/14/2011

    " I guess I'm a sucker for dog books. I loved this book and I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Coldiron | 9/1/2011

    " Good story and extremely sad. Lots of tissues needed!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/13/2011

    " A sweet story about a canine and a human that find each other by accident a form a forever bond. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 5/11/2011

    " I wanted to love this book, I really tried to feel for the main character as well as the dog. Unfortunately it is no "The Art of Racing in the Rain". The voice of the dog was inconsistent. The last 30 pages were good but everything up to that was just so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/9/2011

    " A bit of a tear jerker but great story about second chances and the bond between man & dog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/8/2011

    " A friend had suggested this book and over rated it. It was good but not great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 5/4/2011

    " Wonderful read. The characters were so true to life that I was completely involved. Recommend this highly to anyone who knows your life can change in an instant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 5/3/2011

    " Redemption by Dog... not the cute, fuzzy companion-type dog but a pitbull mix who fights for a living. Quick read with no surprises but some insights and some joys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deede | 5/1/2011

    " I love animal stories that have happy endings, so I liked this book. Even though it dealt with dog fighting and its horrors I still enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chantelle | 4/30/2011

    " This book hit a little closer to home than I thought - for me, it was a tearjerker towards the end. Really a good story with a surprising ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 4/28/2011

    " I loved this book! I know, big surprise, because I'm a huge dog lover, but I was surprised by just how much I loved this book. Very well-crafted, believable characters, deftly plotted and structured. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 4/24/2011

    " I loved this book. The first person telling from the point of view of the dog was different but really pulled the story together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/20/2011

    " I loved the story. I had tears falling into the book at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madhuri | 4/20/2011

    " I don't think I'll ever look at my dog the same way again. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bev. | 4/16/2011

    " I won this book on Goodreads First Reads. What a wonderful story. When I finished reading it, I passed it on to a friend and she and her children all read it and loved it. "

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

    " This was an excellent book. Certain parts were very hard to read, but the characters (both man and dog) jumped out of the page and were real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fiore777 | 4/12/2011

    " Out of the ones I've read so far I probably enjoyed this dog's tone of voice the best. There's that kind of streets smart thing going on with it. And I even managed to find myself interested in his human's progression as well. "

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About the Author
Author Susan WilsonSusan Wilson is the bestselling author of books including One Good Dog, Cameo Lake and Beauty, a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, which was made into a CBS-TV movie. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard.
About the Narrators

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.

Fred Berman has won numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narration. A theater, film, and television actor, his credits include Broadway’s The Lion King, Law & Order, and Directing Eddie, among others. He was featured in Entertainment Weekly for his work on the Walking Dead audiobook series.

Christina Delaine has trod many boards, including the ones at the Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, Ensemble Studio Theater, and Peterborough Players. Her favorite gigs include Jewtopia and the title role in Antigone at both Portland Center Stage and the Kentucky Repertory Theater. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MFA in acting from Brown University.