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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: Ellen Cooney Narrator: Susie Berneis Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781629238272
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The Sanctuary. High up on the mountain, the Sanctuary is a place of refuge. It is a place where humans save dogs who, in turn, save the humans. It is a place where the past does not exist, where hopelessness is chased away, where the future hasn’t been written, where orphans and strays can begin to imagine a new meaning for “family.”

Evie is making her way to the Sanctuary. She has lied to gain entry. She has pretended to know more than she does about dogs, but she is learning fast. Once the indomitable Mrs. Auberchon lets her pass, she will find her way. Like the racing greyhound who refuses to move, the golden retriever who returns to his job as the Sanctuary’s butler every time he’s adopted, and the Rottweiler who’s a hopeless candidate for search-and-rescue, Evie comes from a troubled past. But as they all learn, no one should stay prisoner to a life she didn’t choose.

This is the story of two women and a whole pack of dogs who, having lost their way in the world, find a place at a training school—and radical rescue center—called the Sanctuary. It is a story of strays and rescues, kidnappings and homecomings, moving on and holding on and letting go. And it is, ultimately, a moving and hilarious chronicle of the ways in which humans and canines help each other find new lives, new selves, and new hope.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What Ellen Cooney captures so brilliantly here is the psychological and emotional similarities between dogs and people…This book will grab your heart and not let go.”

    John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] must-read…A moving and joyous romp…All the dogs are wonderfully, fully drawn characters …A brilliantly crafted, uplifting book.”

    Bark magazine

  • “Cooney’s writing style is lively, inventive, and fun.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “From the first pages, the tone is warm and welcoming, drawing you in easily…It’s a delightful story with layers of meaning that at times may make you cry, both tears of sadness for the abused animals (and people) and also for the happy endings.”


  • “A charming novel about damaged souls looking for a ‘forever home.’"

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “Dog lovers rejoice! Cooney has crafted an uncomplicated, feel-good, canine-filled tale of cross-generational friendship, healing, and solidarity.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “As knowledgeable as she is about the world of dog rescue and rehabilitation, Cooney is equally empathic in her treatment of a scarred and scared young woman.”


  • “Susie Berneis offers an upbeat reading of Cooney’s funny, touching novel…She delivers a heartfelt narration, progressing from Evie’s first encounters with the abused, abandoned dogs in her charge to her eventual understanding of animal behavior and her mastery of training techniques…Berneis makes the emotionally damaged Evie both credible and likable.”


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About the Author
Author Ellen Cooney

Ellen Cooney is the author of seven novels. Her short stories have widely appeared in magazines and journals, including The New YorkerThe Literary Review, and Glimmer Train. She has received fiction fellowships from the NEA and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and taught creative writing for twenty-five years in Boston and Cambridge, most recently as writer in residence at MIT. She now lives in midcoast Maine.

About the Narrator

Susie Berneis is a professional voice-over artist. She has a BA in English and theater from the University of Michigan and more than twenty years of community theater experience. Her audiobook narrations include The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award in 2014.