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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  267,423 ratings  ·  11,929 reviews
John and Jenny were young and deeply in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into an uncontrollable ninety-seven pound steamroller of a Labrador retriever. Expelled from obedience school, even the tranquillisers prescribed by the vet...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published 2008 by Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. (first published 2005)
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Dave
This is a mediocre book written by horrible dog owners.

Marley sounds like an amusing guy; but I think pets are like kids - you don't get nearly as much joy from people telling you stories about their kids as you do from watching your own. I have dogs whom I love very much, and often things they do I find to be very entertaining even though others might not derive the same level of enjoyment if I were to tell them all about it. For this reason, there are no parts of the book that are truly funny....more
Kristine
Sep 13, 2007 Kristine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers (especially Lab lovers)
This is the first book that has ever, and I emphasize EVER, made me laugh so hard and cry so much. All in one book!

Marley & Me is the predictable and somewhat cliche story about a dog and his owner. If you pick up this book expecting a unique story, put it down and look for something else.

If you pick up this book expecting to learn about how to train your dog, put it down and look for something else.

If you pick up this book wanting to read a touching, but very entertaining story about bein...more
James
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Rachel
SO my mom sent me this book because she thought I was all down after a stupid break up, and she wanted to cheer me up. I wasn't really down. I was totally fucking pissed off. I went into reading this book seeing red. Maybe that's affected how I interpreted it, but I really think this John Grogan guy and his wife are complete idiots.

There is no reason to ever buy a dog, ever. Ever. There are dogs dying all over the country because people abandon their animals or neglect to have them spayed/neute...more
Dixie Diamond
Dec 29, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: dogs, biography
To be honest, I couldn't even finish this because it was so stupid.

"Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog Owner." For crying out loud--get this poor dog some exercise and a trainer!

I hate books and movies like this: The "zany" antics of poorly-trained, poorly-raised, poorly-managed pets and their self-centered, moronic, owners. I'm always afraid stories like this will encourage other ill-informed, clueless people to adopt dogs they can't handle.

I've owned dogs all my life and never had probl...more
Julie
Sit down and make a list of all the things your dog might do if he was brain damaged. Of course, you're a good person and you love him anyway so write about that. There, you just wrote Marley and Me.

Valerie
Aug 23, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog-lovers, people with a soft heart
Recommended to Valerie by: Mom
Ahhh! I loved this book. I laughed, I cried, I remeneniced. I thought about my beloved black labrador, Duff. Just like John said, "They really are they when you need them." Duff was always there for me. Walks down the hill, over the streets, down by the Golf Course, with the sunsetting. Sitting on the couch together watching a movie. Sitting out on the hill, at my sunnyspot on the hill, writing or listening to music. Duff was always there. Sometimes he slept on my bed, but usually he had too man...more
Sheila
This is a book for dog lovers, and for those who have been loved by a dog. The Grogans may not have been the best dog trainers in the world, and they may have made a common mistake of buying their dog from a backyard breeder, but what they did right was they loved their dog, and stayed devoted to him through his whole life, from puppyhood to old age. In this throwaway society, where many people consider pets to be "disposable", to be dumped at the pound when they are no longer a cute puppy, or w...more
Matt
You have to read books your grandma gives your for Christmas. Having said that, Marley's antics were mildly amusing (I guess), but I couldn't see past the fact that the owners were simply moronic. Example: they know their dog goes bananas and tries to claw its way to perceived safety anytime thunderstorms hit, tearing the house to shreds in the process. So what do they do to prevent it from ripping apart the house in the event of a thunderstorm in their absence? They put it in a little dog crate...more
Donna Bolton
Sep 06, 2007 Donna Bolton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who has a love and passion for their "horrible" dog.
I loved this book. My now husband bought it for me last year for my birthday. When we had started dating, we found and loved a little mutt named Stella. When she was killed, our world was rocked. We felt foolish for being so upset over a dog. Neither one of us could stop crying for weeks. We didn't even have her a year when she died. This book made us both feel so good becuase it reminded us why we were so devistated. It was not only because Stella was a PERFECT dog. It was that she was there wh...more
Oceana2602
Feb 01, 2009 Oceana2602 rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog owners
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Dixie
"A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A water-logged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his."

I never 'dog-ear' pages in the books I read. I like my books to remain looking as new as possible and I enjoy perfectly pressed paper with no...more
Ryan Marquardt
OK, I'm a complete sucker for this book. Yes, some of the anecdotes are things that every pet owners experiences, and are not really that compelling as a result. And some parts of it are more about life with a dog than the life of a dog. It was well written though, and really funny at times. Marley sounds like he was a complete love.

And that is why it was so tough to read the end. Yes, you know how it ends. But Grogan's description of the canine aging process is really accurate. Dogs do live in...more
Stephanie
Okay, I read two dog books in a row because my book club decided to do this for our February meeting. That said this book made me laugh so hard I cried and then, of course, I cried at the end as one must with all dog books if one loves dogs. I am the former owner of four Marley's--a black Lab, a yellow Lab (pure breed AKC registered and probably Marley's first cousin), a chocolate Lab, and a Lab/Husky/ Wolf mix. They all cost me thousands of dollars in vet bills, household and yard improvements...more
Glenna
I was fully prepared to give this book 3 stars before I started reading it. (based on seeing the movie) but the book really touched my heart. I laughed and yes I cried. (listening on CD might not be a good idea because driving home from work with your eyes full of tears makes staying in the lines hard)

Because each book we read is affected by the experiences in our lives that we bring to the reading, I'm not sure if someone who has never loved something furry would love this book. It would be int...more
Book'd
Oct 19, 2012 Book'd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog-lovers, dog-haters, dog-owners and everyone else
Recommended to Book'd by: Goodreads
“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.

Just like Marley, my Golden-Retriever, Alfey is a classic example of the above mentioned fact. All dogs are! One just needs to see.

A Great piec...more
Beth
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M
I hate dogs. Always have, always will. I cannot at all understand the time, energy and devotion that people so willingly dish out to a furry monster who will wreck their home and treat the greater world as one big public bathroom and not even grow to be a contributing member to society and take in their owners in their old age which would at least justify it.
So in that sense I may not be the best person to review this book. I certianly wasn't interested in the premise, which is, couple gets psyc...more
Mark
Jul 18, 2007 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers, humor fans
I'm a dog person. I see them as basically goofy entertainment accessories most of the time, and every so often a dog will do something to win your heart. However, this is usually a difficult thing to describe completely and honestly to someone unfamiliar with dog ownership. John Grogan has managed to capture in a relatively brief 300 pages all the joy (and sadness) owning a dog can bring to a life, and to a family.

If, like me, you've shared part of your life and living space with a dog, then th...more
Nipun Sohanlal
those who have had the pleasure of having a Labrador in their family will instantaneously connect with this book. You'll be amazed with Marleys antics and at some level they will seem so familiar that you will find yourself smiling as you flip through the pages. The book is well written and John Gorgan ensures that the book sticks to the theme of his life with Marley. He could have succumbed to the fallacy of playing to the gallery with more details on Marley or resist the temptation of not shar...more
Becci
May 12, 2008 Becci rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves dogs.
Recommended to Becci by: I have been waiting for this book to come to soft back since it
I really, really didn't want this book to finish! Marley is so close to our female mutt named Sunny Dew Rose that I can't help but cherish her more because of this book.
It is like my heart is already mourning her before she is gone so I am able to cherish each moment with her while she is still with us.
Sunny is still a puppy of two years and will still be a child at the age of 10, she refuses to grow up.
After reading about 'Marley'. I am able to certain every moment with her while most would t...more
Jeri
I truly loved this book. It is a perfect book for why I love reading. I laughed, I was entertained, and I actually cried my eyes out. I know, but seriously, who doesn't go crazy over their pets?? I thought it was well written, and I was sad that it was over. Anyway, good book. You should read it. :-)
Miguel
Sou uma pessoa pouco experimentada e entendida no que concerne aos animais de estimação. Há largos tempos, tive um peixe cujo destino foi traçado pela minha dedicação demasiada… No entanto, não deixo de me enternecer por eles e de idear futuros promissores e alegres na sua companhia!

Marley e Eu foi uma leitura feita no tempo certo. Estava realmente a necessitar de um livro manso, despretensioso, bem-humorado, carinhoso e meigo… A comporta das emoções foi facilmente destruída pelo galhofeiro cã...more
Eva Leger
I read this years ago and had rated it on here without saying anything. I actually came to the listing because I wanted to note something and noticed I'd said nothing about the story.
This is the dog book of all dog books right? The one that "started" it all.....
This is a beautiful story and even though we have to wade through the "bad" dog books to get to the great ones these days I think dog lovers everywhere have to thank Grogan for sharing Marley with the world.
I'd urge any dog lover to read...more
Claire Grasse
Anyone who has ever been subjected to a badly behaved dog (say, belonging to a relative) will not find this book as endearing as the rest of the population did. I tried to love this book, but it just evoked unpleasant memories of dogs from my past wreaking havoc on the properties and persons around them while their owners looked on in fond amusement. I actually felt my blood pressure rising at a couple of the scenes that hit a bit too close to memory. It was like watching a badly behaved kid in...more
Peacegal
Well, that was quick. I took this book discussion selection downstairs on my lunch hour, and forty-five minutes in, I knew I wouldn’t read another page. I’m adding this one to my paltry “Books So Bad I Couldn’t Finish” list.

Marley & Me is one of those books that people knowingly chuckle about when they’ve hear you have a puppy of the retriever persuasion. And, as a first-time dog guardian with more than an inkling of knowledge about the behavior of the canine in this book, I myself was hesi...more
Mónica Silva
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Esta é uma estória verídica, narrada na primeira pessoa por um jornalista americano que resolveu admitir na sua vida um pequeno ser de quatro patas, que se viria a tornar no seu melhor amigo e fiel companheiro durante treze anos. Num conjunto de crónicas que acompanham esta jornada atribulada, o autor revela as mais importantes lições de vida que aprendeu, todas elas através do seu cão, Marley.

Marley é provavelmente a representação fidedign...more
Tanish
so far, a good, relaxed read with some every funny bits- especially if you've ever owned a dog-from-hell...:)

stayed true throughout- not high end literature for those who want it, but a very enjoyable summer read. it made me think of patches and her regular antics: dragging 10 ft of technicolor pooh across the yard after eating a decorative rope thingy; biting even the off-duty mailman; dragging me along on our "walks" and then being dragged home once she was tired out and over it; barking for 1...more
Paul
First, I am a sap for a good dog story, so the book would have to tank to get less than three stars from me. This book resonates with me because it speaks to those of us who owned dogs that weren't Rin Tin Tinnish or Lassie-like. It was real and humane in its approach. Everyone thinking to get a puppy for the first time would do well to read this book first to determine if they are up for the experience. In case you were wondering... I cried unabashedly through the last two chapters. The situati...more
Teresa Medeiros
The one moral to this story is that you should always listen to Connie Brockway. (As much as it pains me to admit it!) She warned me that if I read this book, I would be crying for WEEKS. Then my Uncle Buddy, a 6' 2" bastion of male machismo confessed that he had bawled like a baby when reading the end of the book. But I thought, "Hey, I watch ER every week! I'm tough! I can handle this!"

So I picked up the book and started crying during the PREFACE. Okay, I'm lying, I actually started sniveling...more
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John Grogan's first book, Marley & Me, is a number one international bestseller soon to be released as a major motion picture. His second book is The Longest Trip Home. John lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Jenny, and their three children.
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“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” 660 likes
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
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