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

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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
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published 2008 by Hodder and Stoughton Ltd. (first published 2005)
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Kayla Yes,he was named after Bob Marley.And labs are just one of the breeds that have a lot of medical problems.
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Dave
Sep 20, 2007 Dave rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Kristine
Sep 13, 2007 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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James
Jan 25, 2010 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel
Dec 15, 2008 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie
Apr 05, 2008 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Dixie Diamond
Dec 29, 2008 Dixie Diamond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: biography, dogs
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
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Valerie
Aug 23, 2008 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 03, 2009 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog-books
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
Donna Bolton
Sep 06, 2007 Donna Bolton rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Matt
Jul 21, 2007 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dixie
Jan 05, 2009 Dixie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Oceana2602
Feb 01, 2009 Oceana2602 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog owners
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Jake Doyle
May 30, 2016 Jake Doyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Flor
Mar 11, 2016 Flor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El mejor amigo del hombre tuvo una muy buena adaptación en el 2008, y con la lectura (por fin) del libro que inspiró la película completamos este círculo que se cierra en mi vida: ocho años queriendo leerlo y por fin, después de la muerte de dos de mis compañeros de vida, pude hacerlo. Todo llega cuando tiene que llegar, y agradezco seguir creciendo con lecturas como esta y con mis amigos de cuatro patas.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)
'In a world of bosses, you are your own master.'

I rarely ever give 5/5 ratings on a book. Let alone on a memoir. But if I have to be honest, Marley & Me deserves it all. Hell, if I could rate this more than 5 stars I bloody damn would.

This is the first non fiction book that I truly ever find delightful. It was such a joyride. I laughed out loud, snickered, made strangled *squeeeeeee* noises, and even shed a tear or two at the near ending. I'm the most dramatic, soppy reader ever and th
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Ryan Marquardt
Oct 17, 2007 Ryan Marquardt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Stephanie
Jan 26, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2009 Glenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Asha
Oct 19, 2012 Asha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog-lovers, dog-haters, dog-owners and everyone else
Recommended to Asha 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 pie
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The Lady Inquisitor
Dec 08, 2014 The Lady Inquisitor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog Lovers
Recommended to The Lady Inquisitor by: The Movie
Quick and adorable reading. I loved the way John Grogan pictured every moment of Marley in his life and the lives of his family: with a lot of emotion and the right amount of snark. (I actually read this book 4 times).

I was reading the other reviews of this book (i should never do this) and i'm seriously baffled. Have you guys really read the book? John was an amazing owner. He was patient to a shocking point. He tried to get Marley a trainer,but the dog only managed to learn at his own pace,and
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Jenny
Aug 31, 2015 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This guy has a pretty bad case of Precious Snowflake Syndrome. He's the kind of guy who appears to have a pretty average life with a pretty average wife and kids. Lives in an average house. Makes an average wage. But that's all too boring so instead he has to act like he has the Craziest Dog in the World! His dog (and everyone else in his life) is a precious snowflake more beautiful and unique than anything else in the universe.

His dog's digestive tract cleans gold better than any chemical! His
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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
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Beth
Feb 19, 2008 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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M
Nov 30, 2008 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mark
Jul 18, 2007 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Merty
May 17, 2010 Merty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book should have been titled "World's Worst Dog Owners". This book just make me plain mad. Poor Marley was just abused. Left alone in a garage without AC for 10 to 12 hours. Left alone with his fear of thunderstorms. At one point, the callous female owner doesn't want him anymore. What the heck. This book was awful. It just makes me think of all those unwanted dogs left to fend for themselves because owners don't want to deal with them anymore. Don't understand how this book became so popul ...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
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Nipun Sohanlal
Dec 11, 2008 Nipun Sohanlal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
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Jeri
Jul 07, 2008 Jeri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. :-)
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John Grogan has spent more than 25 years as a newspaper journalist. Previously he worked as a reporter, bureau chief, and columnist at newspaper in Michigan and Florida. He is also the former editor on chief of Rodale's Organic Gardening magazine. His work has won numerous awards, including the National Press Club's Consumer Journalism Award. His first book, Marley & Me, is a number one inte ...more
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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.” 769 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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