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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vincent Price Narrator: Victoria Price Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781520034058
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Actor Vincent Price shares the heartwarming tale of his fourteen-year love affair with his mischievous yet endearing mutt Joe.

Actor Vincent Price won acclaim for his performances as a menacing villain in dozens of macabre horror films, such as House of Wax. Less well known, though, is Price’s lifelong love of animals, especially his fourteen-year-old mutt, Joe. From his wife’s passion for poodles to film set encounters with all types of creatures, including goats, apes, and camels, Price’s life was full of furry, four-legged friends. But it was Joe who truly captured his heart. Intelligent, courageous, and devoted to his owner, Joe was a special dog with a personality all his own.

In this touching and light-hearted memoir, with a new introduction by Bill Hader and a preface by Vincent Price’s daughter, Victoria, Joe gets involved in all sorts of hijinks: At one point, the actor has to defend his canine companion in court! Despite some of Joe’s bad habits, like stealing guests’ shoes, pursuing lustful trysts with neighboring dogs, or belly flopping into the garden fishpond—crushing more than a few fish—Price loves his Joselito, whose unconditional loyalty more than makes up for his minor indiscretions. And when Price’s elderly cousin who comes to stay with him is stricken with cancer, Joe never leaves her side. Price’s tender and witty recollections of his time spent with Joe will bring joy to any animal lover’s heart.

The Vincent Price Family Legacy is donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Fund for Animals.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fourteen-year-old mongrel is the central character here…Joe’s character and exploits and his adventures around his canzon home, his appearance in court, and his relations with the author’s friends and family, are expansively detailed, while the careers of the dogs who had preceded Joe are built into the picture. Then there are animals met professionally…But center front is Joe—with his dignity, temperament, independence, and sense of responsibility…For the omnivorous reader of dog stories this will be most satisfactory.”

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  • “The late actor Vincent Price’s relationships with animals provides the vehicle for loving reminiscences in this reissue of a 1961 effort, beautifully and sensitively narrated by his daughter, Victoria. Joe was a sweet mutt with some behavioral problems whom Price adopted at a sad period in his personal life. Stories abound of all sorts of creatures well known to Price’s household and film sets: goats, apes, camels, and roosters are among the many. Brief biographical and career insights are shared sporadically within the context of each animal-related memory. The articulate yet conversational writing is performed with style and affection. This audiobook is a winner.”


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About the Author

Vincent Price (1911–1993) was an award-winning American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic performances in a series of horror films. Because of his distinctive, low-pitched voice and atmospheric narration, he was in demand for his voice work. He provided a quasi-rap voiceover for Michael Jackson’s Thriller TV video; he narrated a brief history of Tombstone, Arizona, for use in the diorama at the site of the O.K. Corral gunfight; and he made a short speech about the black widow on the Alice Cooper album Welcome to My Nightmare.” He said that one of his most favorite roles was the voice of Professor Ratigan in the Disney feature The Great Mouse Detective (1986), especially since two original songs had been written for him. His awards include a Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, an International Fantasy Film Award, and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for film and one for his television career. He won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his reading, along with Basil Rathbone, of The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

About the Narrator

Victoria Price is the daughter of Vincent Price.