Marley and Me *spoiler* and suggested books by Koontz

B and I watched Marley and Me on Saturday, and I thought it would be another Woen Wilson goofy movie but no, oh no, oh no no no. I cried for the last 30 minutes of the movie. I had forgotten its a true story. I was not expecting the ending. Oh man oh man oh man.

It was really cool in the beginning of the movie, because I’ve learned a lot about labs from all my reading about guide dogs. So I got a kick out of Marley trying to eat everything lol! Gave me even more respect for puppy raisers!

I posted to my email list while recovering from the ending of the movie, and it was recommended to me to read the book, because the author narrates it, and he gets tearful at the end. Yikes!

So Marley and Me goes on the list of recommended books.

It also came out that Kean Koonz writes books about dogs. Here’s an excerpt from an email about him:

“Dean Koontz has also recently published a memoir of life with his first pet dog, a Golden Retriever named Trixie. The book is called A BIG LITTLE LIFE and is on BookShare. I truly enjoyed the book and it gives his insight as to how Trixie affected his writing of books he wrote during that time period. Koontz and his wife are big supporters of CCI of the South-West which plays quite a role in this book.”

And another:

“Dean Koontz, just came out with a fantastic two doggy related books.

One The Darkest Evening of the year is about Golden retrievers and rescue, and well Dean Koontz at its best.


he just wrote one about his dog Tricksie, smile, am thinking Little Dog Big Life, smile.

Both were good, as was Watchers, another good book.”

And another:

“Amen to that.

Another one of his books I like for the Dog character is Midnight.

Is abut computer possessed humans, but the dog character is a black lab named Moose I believe who is a service dog, and a good one. is a black lab and does a lot of things in the story. But loved Darkest Evening, just because of how he perceived Goldens. Smile.”

Man, these people really like Dean Koonz. I don’t think I’m spelling his name right. I get a pass. I’m sick and brain dead. Hence the copying emails 😉


Filed under Audio books, dogs, guide dogs, NaBloPoMo 2009, puppy raisers, silly girl, Suggested books

11 Responses to Marley and Me *spoiler* and suggested books by Koontz

  1. I still haven’t seen the film even though its nearly a year old. I read the braille book and we had a pet lab for 13 years just like Marley. I bought my nephew the children’s version for Christmas and he loved reading it.
    I wouldn’t listen to the audio book because I’m not sure if I could concentrate on John Grogan’s voice! I know its not his fault! His blog is great though (its on the list of blogs I like on my own blog if you want to find it.)

  2. L^2

    In my opinion the book is way better than the movie version of Marley and me, but yes, be prepared to weep.

    I haven’t read any of Dean Koontz’s dog-related books yet, but I have a couple of the ones you mentioned on my wish list too. So many books, so little time!

  3. R

    Hmmm, I don’t think I’ve heard his voice. I’m not a proficient braille reader yet, so I’ll have to settle for audio unless I want to wait a few years haha! Which I just might do.

    I’ll definitely look for his blog, thanks!

  4. R

    I’m really interested in the Koontz books now, especially the one with the robots hehe!

  5. I have read all of Koontz’s books, but my favorite by far is Watchers! It features a golden retiever, suspense, horror, and action. Not a very good description, but I don’t want to give away the best part about the book, which is the dog! His Trixie line of books are written about his dog Trixie who was a retired service dog from Canine Companions for Independence. All of the Trixie books give back part or all of the proceeds to CCI. Fun books!

  6. R

    Oh thats really cool, I wonder if they get donations even if you download the book?

  7. Am I the only one who can’t stand Dean Koontz? Well, his parts of the book where he writes like the dog were darn cute, but the rest? Yucktastic! Maybe I just chose bad books.

    I never minded his voice much I don’t think. Maybe I just got used to it.

  8. R

    Koontz’s voice or Groban’s?

    I wish there was a comfortable way to type in bed. *sniff*

  9. Groban’s. Yeah that was really unclear. Oops.

    You and B get better soon.

  10. I agree with the others. John Grogan’s reading is tough to listen to. I couldn’t even get through his newer book (about himself, not dogs). I don’t mean to be mean because I’m sure he’s a nice person, but he really needs to pay for alternate narration.

  11. R

    I went to John Groban’s blog and checked his first fiew entries from 2005. He talks about recording the book, about how the publishers wanted him to do it, and he was like, are you sure? I have a really annoying voice, and they assured him they wanted to do it. So you don’t have to feel bad about not liking his voice. He’s the first to say its annoying haha!

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