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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Merrill Markoe Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781400181469
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Dawn Tarnauer's life isn't exactly a success story. Already twice divorced, the young Californian is too busy job-hopping to start a career, her current boyfriend insists on living "off the grid," her life coach sister perpetually interferes with incomprehensible affirmations, her eccentric mother is busy promoting the culmination of her life's work—the Every Holiday Tree—and her father is ending his brief third marriage while scheduling two dates for the same night. Dawn's only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he's leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. "I should have said something sooner," Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. "Couldn't you smell her on his pants?" Dawn is stunned. It's one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back? It's not just Chuck, either; she can hear all dogs—and man's best friend has a lot to say. The ever-enthusiastic Chuck offers his tried-and-true advice on the merits of knocking over garbage and strewing it everywhere, auxiliary competitive peeing etiquette, and the curative powers of tossing a ball. Doubtful of her own sanity, Dawn considers that, in the ways of life and love, it might be better to trust Chuck's doggie instincts instead of her own. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Markoe’s fans will delight in her hilarious doggy dialogue, as when Chuck enlightens his owner on the topic of urination: ‘There’s two kinds of peeing,’ he says. ‘There’s regular peeing, because you have to pee. And then there’s auxiliary competitive peeing. For acquiring an empire. I’m all about the real estate.’”

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  • Markoe deftly weaves doggie instinct into an insightful tale that's bound to make you laugh out loud. People

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lani | 2/20/2014

    " Silly book, but not bad. Good for a cheap read, some endearing moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Republican4 | 2/18/2014

    " Anyone that has had a cat or a dog will love this book. It was laugh out loud in public funny. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly scovel | 2/13/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was cute how she was able to talk to her pets. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pants | 2/4/2014

    " aw cute and fun - hearted it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 2/1/2014

    " A fun read - nothing too serious, but at the same timea cute meaningful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Poling | 1/30/2014

    " This is alot of fun. I learned about it from a buddy in my knitting group who is passionate about books. It was a good suggestion. I wish I had the same talent that this character does. Beau and Kasey could teach me alot, I am sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Felicity | 1/23/2014

    " I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I figured it was just another chick lit book, and it was. But it was a fun read, and not as dopey as I'd thought it was going to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rexanna | 1/21/2014

    " I liked this book, but found it jumped around a great deal. Still, it is worth reading for the delightful characters, particularly the dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie Harris | 1/20/2014

    " I just finished this book. It was a great read, very light and entertaining...especially if you like dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mont | 1/16/2014

    " Good fast read. Totally enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layne | 1/13/2014

    " The dog dialogue is excellent. The rest of the book? Not so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/4/2014

    " For everyone who's had a loving, devoted pet, you will relate to this book. It's very funny dog humor. My beloved pets are aging, this book really made me laugh and cry and it's so relateable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kira | 12/17/2013

    " I didn't get into this book until the 3rd or 4th chapter, but I really enjoyed it. Cute story for anyone who likes dogs and has ever wondered what dogs are thinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 L | 6/22/2013

    " If you have ever thought that talking to your animals was quite sane, and that indeed, they understand every word, you will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Jimenez | 8/30/2012

    " I give good marks when passages of a book make me giggle out loud! The author completely captures the ADHD (ADH-Dog?) nature of dogs. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi Derevan | 8/4/2012

    " Really funny and and really insightful about what the dogs are thinking! You will wish that your own dogs would start talking to you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/22/2012

    " Although some of the plot lines were a bit preposterous, this book was quite funny. For dog lovers -- very insightful as to what your dog would say if he could talk. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghan Karn | 12/25/2011

    " terrible. if you want to read a book about a dog, read The Art of Racing in the Rain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 10/12/2011

    " Well it involved dogs which are my by far favortie but the story was lacking.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amaliya | 10/2/2011

    " light read with humorous perspective "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 9/20/2011

    " This book is okay. I was a little disappointed though...The main character can 'hear' dogs talk and this gives her a new perspective on things. The language of the dogs was not what I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 8/11/2011

    " A very cute, refreshing "escapist" read for anyone who loves dogs, cats, or any animal! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/25/2011

    " Strangely described my life with my dogs. I don't talk to them but have had to defend them in a few relationships. Fun book and thankful I got it as a gift. "

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

    " I liked the dogs, but the people drove me nuts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 5/3/2011

    " Good concept, a girl who can talk to her dog but a boring book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 5/2/2011

    " It was a cute story about a woman who couldn't get her family or her boyfriend to listen to her so she ends up talking to her dog all the time and he answers back. It took me like 40 pages or so to start to like the story but it was a nice light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 4/28/2011

    " Some of the funniest canine dialogue I've ever read, but also some of saddest relationship portrayals. I wanted to shake the characters. But I also wanted to live with the dogs. C'est la vie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/25/2011

    " Pure predictable fluff. Nothing I would recommend reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 3/13/2011

    " Funny and unusual. Who knew dogs were so insightful? :) "

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

    " Such a cute way to look at a relationship through the eyes of mans best friend! If you love dogs then definitely read this. It's a very quick read and a feel good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 3/2/2011

    " Merrill Markoe is the MASTER and original at telling stories through dog voices. Hilarious and a reminder that canines really are smarter and do rule the world. You will laugh out loud! AND one of the dogs is named Johnny Depp...hello. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexis | 2/8/2011

    " LOVED this book! Any dog lover who wants a funny and light read, pick this book up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2011

    " I thought the concept was good but the execution fell short. The author did a good job getting into the mind of a dog but I didn't find the story line very interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/22/2011

    " I hope my dog doesn't talk like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/8/2011

    " This is a fun book. There isn't much in the way of plot, but the commentary by the dogs is pretty funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meghan | 1/7/2011

    " terrible. if you want to read a book about a dog, read The Art of Racing in the Rain. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Renée Raudman is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. She has performed on film, television, radio, and on stage and can also be heard in several video games and hundreds of television and radio voice-overs.