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Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog

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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  463 ratings  ·  113 reviews
The story that became a global sensation: Sophie, the Australian cattle dog who was lost at sea and swam six miles through shark-infested waters to a remote island where she survived in the wild for five months. It was just another day in paradise as Jan and Dave Griffith, along with their blue cattle dog, Sophie, motored out of Mackay Marina for a gorgeous weekend at sea. ...more
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Published January 24th 2012 by Oasis Audio (first published 2011)
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Fiona
If I could, I'd give five stars for the dog and one star for the book itself.

The good: The story and setting are interesting, and Sophie is undoubtedly an amazing dog.
The author clearly did a lot of interviews and put a lot of work into giving the most complete account of Sophie's story possible (though this is both good and bad as the book tended towards the over-detailed in areas); as the author says time and again, it's impossible to know exactly what Sophie got up to in her time on the isla
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Jamampoline
This was a present, and as I have a cattle dog, I was excited to read blue heeler propaganda - the story is really quite nuts.
On the actual book, though, I don't know what to say about the writing. Given the author's bylines, I have to assume she can write, but the text was head-smackingly simple and grammatically odd. The details were at times mind-numbing, especially the amount of speculation ("while no one knows how long sophie spent on that island, she could have bathed in the sun and maybe
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Suzy
I followed this story in the media when it happened, so I was very excited when the book came out. A true story about an Australian cattle dog named Sophie, who is knocked overboard in rough seas and survives for months on her own on a deserted island. The story is fabulous, but this book let it down.

The entire thing read as if it were a long-winded newspaper article, and I was not at all surprised when I read the acknowledgements to find that Emma Pearse is actually a journalist. The font size
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Sabrina
I'd love to give Sophie herself five stars, but the book? Not so much. It was filled with redundant details and the writing was sub-par at best. I also really got tired of reading about how Sophie's people kept their dogs outside and how they treated their dogs "like dogs." While I don't exactly blame them for Sophie going overboard (accidents do happen), they certainly weren't very likable otherwise, either.
Brenda
Oct 26, 2011 Brenda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
Bridget was just 16 years old when she first saw Sophie and fell in love! She had been begging her Mum, Jan, and Dad, Dave for a dog of her own for a long time. While working two jobs during the holidays, she'd nip down to the pet shop in her lunch break to gaze into the window at the litter of cattle dog puppies. Sophie was a sleepy girl, whilst her siblings were much more boistrous and energetic. When the litter was reduced to two puppies in the window, Bridget knew she needed to act quickly. ...more
Jessica
This truly is an incredible story, just as the title promises. Sophie the dog is separated from her family, and somehow survives against all odds for five months until they are reunited. With that being said, I think the story was so exciting that it had the potential of a much better book than this one.

Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog really needed another edit. The book was just overly detailed, to the point that it became boring. It was tedious to read chapters upon chap
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Marleah
Mar 20, 2012 Marleah marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I got around halfway in this book and just didn't feel like reading it anymore. I knew that the dog was going to survive, and it's not like the dog can tell us what she was up to the whole time on that island. I agree with other reviewers - the details in the writing just were unnecessary and I would skim through several pages without really reading anything.

I rarely say this (I usually say the opposite) - but I actually think this story would make a better movie than a book. Think "Marley &
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Lindsay Foster
As a dog lover, and a huge fan of cattle dogs, the story of Sophie was heartwarming and a joy to read. I shed tears of joy when Sophie was reunited with her owners after months lost at sea. It's amazing to me that any dog conquered what Sophie did and survived.
Julie G
I was excited about receiving this book, although I don't remember hearing about Sophie when all of this happened. The idea that she could have swum as far as she did and survived for 5 months in the wild seemed almost impossible to believe.

How did Sophie get stranded on the island? How did she survive? And how did she get rescued - and manage to get back home to her family?

It's an amazing story.

This book follows Sophie's life from newly-adopted puppy through her first boat excursion. To the day
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Almira
Dave and Jan took their blue cattle dog out on their boat, Sophie disappears in a matter of moments to their disbelief, naturally, they search for her, but due to the weather they finally must give up. Torn apart with grief, they return home devastated. But even in this day and age, miracles DO happen, somehow Sophie not only manages to survive in the shark infested waters, but she comes ashore on an island about 5 nautical miles from where she went overboard. No one will ever know how Sophie ma ...more
Kristin
We have an Australian Cattle Dog mix in our family (as pictured in my current avatar), so Sophie's picture on the cover is what drew me in, as it very much looked like my dog lounging somewhere. Her story tells the perseverance of the breed, as she somehow falls from her family's boat in the seas off the coast of Australia and is presumed drowned when the boat canvasses the area where they believe she fell and there is no sign of her. For 5 months she lives on islands, miles from where she fell ...more
Jessica
This story is so incredible, but this book just wasn't that well written. The story follows the Griffith family and their dog Sophie. When the last of their children goes off to college, it's just Jan, Dave, and Sophie. One beautiful day they are out on their boat sailing to visit friends when the weather changes and Sophie somehow falls off the boat. Sophie is an avid swimmer and they search for hours, but there is no trace of her so they assume because of the rough seas she must have hit her h ...more
Sarah
I heard about this story from my mother. My parents owned an Australian Cattle Dog for years and couldn't help but perk up anytime they heard about another one. Sophie's story is amazing - she fell overboard while boating with her family one day and then survived for five months on the isolated islands off the Australian coast before being reunited with her family. While the story is gripping, I didn't find this book as good as I hoped because Pearse's writing is very elementary and not at all e ...more
Kathy
This is a wonderful story of an incredible dog, a theme that is always a crowd pleaser. The writing is a bit amateurish (her first book), but very readable. For a while, I never thought we would get to the story. Granted, knowing Sophie before her journey, was important--how she was raised, how loved she was, etc. But it began to seem like a proud dog owner gushing about their special dog when it took up the first half of the book. But, being a proud dog owner myself, I sort of understand; it's ...more
Mary
I was thoroughly disappointed with this book. The writing was overrun with way too many ridiculous details and speculations. It would have made a great 75-100 page story, not a 300 page book. Emma Pearse just went on and on in excruciating detail and repetition for way too much of the text. The story itself was amazing--Sophie went overboard and was picked up on St. Bees five months later, and once home, still acted like the loyal, loving companion she had been before (minus scarfing down bones ...more
Pam Fullem
I am always drawn to remarkable dog stories. A member of my family has always had Australian Cattle dogs (blue heelers) so I was very curious. It is a remarkable story of the dog's will and ingenuity to survive. I do feel there was too much unnecessary detail concerning the lives of the family that had little to do with real story of this amazing dog. I found myself thinking, get on with the story already! I got very impatient. Maybe an edit is in order. Amazing dog.
Beth
I agree with nearly all of the other reviews of this books: the dog herself gets 5 stars, but the writing/book gets 3.

The story of Sophie is incredible and hard to believe (yet, obviously true - as much as can be verified, at least). The author obviously did some research, and the first-hand accounts from residents of the islands credibly filled in the gaps to make the story more rounded. Along with Sophie's miraculous tale (tail? ha), I enjoyed reading about these protected islands and their fl
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Elizabeth
A very interesting tale, but the account of Sophie would have made for a better short story than a book. I felt as though the author was stretching for material in some places. The first 100 pages are concerned with describing the dog's first two years with her family. The story is cute, but no different from the stories one hears from all dog owners; the author fills space with antidotes about how the dog followed her owners around, how she played, or how she snuggled on the couch. I found myse ...more
Beth
The story and the dog are adorable. The writing is horrifically bad. It is so bad that I didn't want to even finish the book, which almost never happens. I love dogs and enjoy stories like this in general, but this book was absolutely terrible. I couldn't recommend it.
Marie
I have given up on this one for a few days, not sure if I'll pick it up again. Writing style is grating on my nerves.... "Jan and Bridget went for a swim...Sophie enjoyed it". I think whoever wrote this was a novice writer with their eyes on a film script....
Luminea
I have to agree with many others who reviewed this story--5 stars for the dog, Sophie, and 2 stars for the book. The writing style had all the hype and upbeat tone of a newspaper article but was inappropriate for a book, especially one that dragged on this long. The story digressed into way too many unnecessary details (do we really need to know or care that the two youngest Griffith children were not planned pregnancies?).

The most important thing that the reader wants to learn--how did Sophie
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Ginny
Being an animal lover, I find it hard to resist a book like this as I pass by it on the library shelves - despite knowing that more often than not, the best part of the story could be told in a magazine article. This book proved no different. Though Sophie's story is moving and almost miraculous, there just wasn't enough here for a book. I'm glad the author set the story straight about Sophie and her owners - who were maligned in social media because of hyperbole and outright lies, but this woul ...more
Mmfniteowl
With many others, I thought the dog aspect was good, but the details were over the top. Who cares if Dave, the father, put a lemon in his Corona.
Tessa
Sophie: Dog Overboard is a truly heartwarming story, full of love, hope and inspiration. When the Griffith family were guilted into getting an Australian Cattle dog by their daughter, they had absolutely no idea how much it would change their lives. They named her Sophie, and she went and did everything with them. They used to be a strict household when it came to dog, ie. not having them inside, they must sleep outside, but that all changed with Sophie. Sophie was not only allowed inside whenev ...more
Alyson
The book was okay- a really remarkable story, but wayyyyy too much useless detail about the family and their routine and life. I got it... Jan gets seasick and needs Diet Coke. The Dad likes lemon in his Corona. No need to tell me 500 times throughout the book. Geezus.

And full disclosure: I REALLY dislike the owners...dogs living outside their entire lives in the hot cold and rain, making a friend bring their "beloved" family dog to the vet to get put down because they couldn't deal with it, th
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Jami
I give the writing a 3, as I felt certain parts could have been shorter, some could have been longer, and there were parts that seemed to drag; however, I give Sophie a 5 - therefore, my rating averages out to a 4. Sophie's story is amazing, and she demonstrated such a sense of loyalty to her family!! She refused human companionship during her ordeal as if she was waiting for her own family to find her, which is so heartwarming. I think the eventual reunion between family and dog could have been ...more
Karen
"Sophie" by Emma Pearse tells the true story of Sophie, a dog who was lost at sea but managed to survive for over two months on her own! I almost lost my dog so I could really identify with what the owners were going through. This is a heartwarming, feel good story for sure!
(Gerard's review)

Sophie—the Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog by Emma Pearse is an amazing true story about a cattle dog, Sophie, who fell overboard and survived for five months on her own living on remote islands. Th
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Janet
This book seriously disturbed me in several ways. I don't usually make a long litany of things I don't like, but I will here because I'm hoping to understand more.
Dave expresses his continuing concern for his on-board passengers, even before Sophie was lost. Yet, there is no mention of lifejackets anywhere in this book. Is this is simply an oversight of the author or is this an Aussie thing. Surely, Australia has the same safety boat rule as America; a life jacket on board for every person. Am I
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Roberta
Jan e Dave Griffith sono una coppia di mezz'età che vive con il loro fedele cattle dog, Sophie. Per Jan e Dave Sophie è come figlia, ed è proprio per questo che dividono tutto con lei: anche le loro amate gite in barca.
È proprio durante una di queste gite che Sophie scompare. Jan e Dave sono terrorizzati, la cercano per giorni, ma senza risultati.
Senza più speranze di ritrovare la loro amata cagnolina, i Griffith si rassegnano.
Ma, cinque mesi dopo, comincia a correre voce che, in un'isola vicin
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Kate
It’s a story that became a worldwide sensation.

Australian cattle dog Sophie fell off her family’s yacht in 2009 in the Whitsunday Passage and was feared lost forever in shark-infested waters.

Five months later, she was found on a remote island off the coast of Queensland and reunited with her beloved humans.

Sophie is the first book for Australian journalist Emma Pearse but I’d like to suggest she stick with magazine writing.

The first lot of chapters focus on Sophie and family life with the Grif
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Emma is an Australian living in NYC, writing about travel, pop culture and feminism... and slowly at work on her second book. Her first is a biography and travel book about one heroic blue heeler-—an iconic Australian farm dog—-who survived a harrowing adventure in far north Queensland, Australia in 2010. Sophie was published worldwide by Hodder Stoughton and Perseus Books in the US. It's on books ...more
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