John Grogan is an award-winning American journalist and author of the international bestsellers Marley and Me, which was made into a major feature film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, and The Longest Trip Home. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family. For more information visit johngroganbooks.com
Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable-and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. With a light touch, the author details how Marley was kicked out of obedience school after humiliating his instructor (whom Grogan calls Miss Dominatrix) and swallowed an 18-karat solid gold necklace (Grogan describes his gross but hilarious "recovery operation"). With the arrival of children in the family, Marley became so incorrigible that Jenny, stressed out by a new baby, ordered her husband to get rid of him; she eventually recovered her equilibrium and relented. Grogan's chronicle of the adventures parents and children (eventually three) enjoyed with the overly energetic but endearing dog is delivered with great humor. Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine. Agent, Laurie Abkemeier. (On sale Oct. 25) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Celebrating Marley's life exactly as he lived it as "the world's worst dog," Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Grogan shares his family's Marley tales of frustration, loyalty, and love. Marley grew from a tiny puppy to 97 pounds of untrainable exuberance. Johnny Heller's reading starts out a bit stiff but quickly loosens up as he settles into the pace and rhythm of the tale; his diction is clear and distinct, with a nice range that makes it easy for the listener to follow the various characters, whether male, female, or juvenile. This program is professionally produced; there is no tape hiss or other background noise. Grogan wrote Marley & Me in memory of an unforgettable Labrador retriever. Animal lovers will enjoy listening to this at times humorous audiobook. Recommended for public and school libraries.-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.