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One Good Dog

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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  7,337 ratings  ·  1,135 reviews
Acclaimed author Susan Wilson brings us a touching yet unblinkingly authentic tale of loss and rediscovery, of true friendship and learning what’s truly important in life.

One note. Three words. And Adam March’s well-ordered life and well-laid plans are shattered.

The very definition of a hard-nosed businessman, Adam March has no room in his life for anything but the cold d
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 2nd 2010)
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Liberty Abbott-Sylvester
Aug 26, 2010 Liberty Abbott-Sylvester rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Liberty by: Diane D.
All I can say is One Good Dog is One Good Book!
Have the Kleenex handy because you're going to need them!
Fantastic!!!!!
Sharon
The most important day of Adam March's career was not off to a great beginning. Firstly, his alarm didn't go off on time, which meant there was no time for his morning run, which left him with very "me time" which he was going to need with such a hectic day ahead of him. Only once he arrived at work, Adam's day went from bad to worse within minutes. After getting a message from his secretary, Adam loses control and lashes out at her with slapping her across the face. He was on the brink of becom ...more
Tara Chevrestt
As a blue collar, middle class woman, I have absolutely nothing in common with Adam, the main character of this novel so it really is no wonder that I had a hard time relating to him. However, he is just plain unlikable nevertheless. He is rich, snobby, and looks down on people that are a little more "down on their luck." Yes, he comes from a rough childhood but that doesn't mean it is ok to judge others. I felt little pity for him as he has a nervous breakdown and loses his high paying job, his ...more
Betsy
Anyone who has ever loved a dog, or anyone who just likes dogs, or cares about other living creatures, or appreciates a good love story, should read this book. And I defy anyone to read it without sobbing.

And, not incidentally, Michael Vick, the dogfighting football player, is the lowest form of scum on earth.

Just saying.
Rachel
On the day that Adam March's corporation is to launch a hostile takeover of another company and elevate him to the CEO chair, an errant phone message causes him to lose it and slap his secretary in the face. As a result, the wealthy, Harvard-educated March is fired, his wife divorces him, and he's charged with and convicted of assault and sentenced to a year of community service serving meals to men at a homeless shelter. While trying to do a begrudging favor for one of the men from the shelter, ...more
Jo
I love dogs and have read a lot of dog books, but none that kept me glued to the book and at the end, I was sobbing.
Adam March is in the higher echelons of a company in line to be CEO and then he slaps his secretary. He loses his job and his family and most of his money. He is sentenced to serve a year's community service at a men't homeless shelter.
A pit bull is trained to be a fighter until he is injured too badly to fight. He escapes as the men try to take him away. Out on the streets, he fen
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Jo Anne B
"But when I felt those tremors, heard his raspy voice, I realized that I was still needed, maybe as much as ever. I had chosen this one and I owed it to him to see him through this new pain. It's my job; I'm a pet."

I am an animal lover. They give true unconditional love. They don't judge you and are always there for you. I believe they can heal emotional wounds. That is what happened to Adam in this book.

Of course this was a predictable book. A spoiled rich guy had to learn humility and what bet
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Kathleen
Note: Audio contents perhaps not suited for a family road trip. Grim scenes of dog abuse (most of it occurs off camera). Some swearing and religious cussing. One sex scene, but it fades to black immediately.

3.5 stars, bumped up to 4 for the excellent narration. I have a few quibbles with the book (listed further below), but none with the superb performance by Fred Berman and Christina Delaine. I appreciated hearing two distinct voices, clearly differentiating the characters. I liked the way the
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Theresa
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Laysee
Anyone who has ever had a pet dog he or she loves will find Susan Wilson’s “One Good Dog” a heartwarming read. The story is alternately told from the perspective of two narrators: man versus dog. The first is a third-person account by Adam March, a top executive whose life spun out of control in one rash act and he was sentenced to community service in a homeless shelter. The second is a first-person account by Chance, a scarred, beleaguered, pit bull that escaped a dog ring. Rarely does one hea ...more
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. An angry man changes his life to one with less anger. The dog has a supporting role, not the main part.

I have complaints, but it’s a thoughtful book and above average.

I’ve read a number of books in the women’s fiction genre, but almost none in men’s fiction. This is the latter. It’s about a man with anger and abandonment issues. He is extremely successful in the corporate world and then loses it all due to an angry action. He loses his job, his wife, and his money. He’s now living alo
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Kristi Vitale
Clever and intelligent. Great words to describe this novel filled with a satisfying mixture of dog and human narration. I really enjoyed this book as it creatively illustrates the unbreakable spirit and bond between a man and his dog and, with the most perfect words, showcases their unspoken communication. One Good Dog reveals life in full circle, in a way. This is a story of salvation and liberation, the freedom of one's soul; a rebirth of two, I think, deserving friends.
Lynne
This book is well worth reading. Some of the reviews by readers were very critical but most really like the book. Maybe it isn't the very best writing or maybe there are some cliches, or other things mentioned. One reviewer said it should be marketed for young readers, which I disagree with. Regardless of all of the criticism, the underlying message of how Adam is healed emotionally with the help of the dog is excellent. When bad things happen to us in life, even if we have brought it on ourselv ...more
Paul Pessolano
Adam March receives a message from his personal assistant, "Your sister called". This causes Adam to do something that will ultimately change a life that had him on top of the corporate ladder and a part of high society.

The message should have read, "Your sister-in-law called".

Adams actions caused him to lose his high paying job, his wife and daughter, his several homes, and many of life's luxuries. His actions hae also caused him to be part of a law suit that leaves him doing community service
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Debbie Mcgee
I loved this book. It began about a man who had it all.....perfect family, perfect home, perfect job, perfect social life......His life was just say, for the sake of argument, P-E_R_F_E_C_T. Perfect's fine for awhile. But comes a time when you can only suck it up until the last day, when there's no more room to suck anything up. And the empire you have so eloquently spent years building, comes falling right down yon your head. His job is instantly taken away, his perfect wife and perfect daughte ...more
Helen
Have you ever had one of those moments when you needed all of your willpower not to smack someone upside the head? One Good Dog is the story of what happens when one man’s willpower fails and someone does get smacked.

The most important day in Adam March’s life begins with a failed alarm clock, only gets worse, and culminates with a furious slap to his secretary. Predictably, his career and personal life immediately unravel during the ensuing legal battles. Left with nothing, Adam rents a run-dow
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Nola
This is the first review I have written. I don't normally write reviews because I"m not a good writer myself and always have trouble putting my feelings into words. But, I felt I needed to say something about this book. I am a world-class dog lover, and will read pretty much anything that has to do with a dog. But I also love well-written books. I abandoned this book before finishing it, so some may say it is unfair of me to judge it, having not seen the story through to the end. But I could see ...more
Wendy
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Ms.pegasus
Characters whose affiliations deplete and destroy instead of nurturing them – ONE GOOD DOG by Susan Wilson provides two such characters, and only one of them is a dog. Adam March draws the reader's sympathy as his past is slowly revealed in brief snatches of recollection. Abandoned to foster homes as a child, he has almost completely erased his past, filling it with his ambition for social status and material success. These are his answer to the impotence he felt as a child. Adam is completely o ...more
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Jackie says:

This is a marvelous tale of redemption, salvation and reinvention. Two tough fighters--one a man, one a dog--stumble upon each other at a very critical juncture in both of their lives. The human, Adam, has just lost his high powered and status driven life, including his family. The dog, eventually named Chance, is on his last chance at the animal shelter. Narrated half by Adam and half by Chance, this is an utterly engrossing tale of recreating yourself with more than one love story
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Jan
Having shared my life with a pit bull that I rescued from a kill shelter, and who was the sweetest dog in the world, I have a hard time reading stories about how they are bred and used for dog fighting and then thrown out like trash once they've served their purpose as a bait dog or are no longer a money maker. It made the story in this book difficult to read at times. My heart ached reading about Chance's life and mistreatment before he and Adam found each other. I know what kind of life a dog ...more
Nikoleta
Ένα βιβλίο απολύτως ανθρώπινο, στα πλαίσια της πραγματικότητας οπου οι άνθρωποι, όπως ο ήρωας μας, μπορεί να είναι σνομπ, παράξενοι, εργασιομανείς με δόσεις υστερίας και ταυτόχρονα να είναι καλοί άνθρωποι, διότι η ζωή δεν είναι μόνο μαύρο και άσπρο. Το ωραίο στην ανθρώπινη ιστορία του είναι ότι δεν τον έπιασε ή καλοσύνη επειδή τον επισκέφτηκαν τρία φαντάσματα, δεν είδε άγγελο ούτε ένα θαύμα, αυτό που του συνέβη είναι και πάλι η ζωή με τα πάνω και τα κάτω της, κάτι που τον έκανε να ανακαλύψει τα ...more
Connie N.
This is one of those books that I have no idea how it ended up on my TBR, but I'm so glad it did. I don't think I would have read it otherwise--I'm not usually a fan of animal stories, but this book is so much more than that. It's so well written, and I was fascinated by the way the author wrote it from 2 different first-person points of view. First we meet Adam March, a hard-nosed, self-made executive who has built his success on fear and intimidation, even though he doesn't realize it. He has ...more
Valerie
Loved it. Occasionally I could put it down but I could have picked it up again at any time and kept reading. I'm not sure why I pulled it from the library shelf but I'm glad I did. The prologue convinced me that the writer was no novice. As I approached the ending and saw a few clues of what lay ahead, I wondered what she was going to do and how she was going to pull it off, but she did just fine. A lovely book, from beginning to end.

You can read about it on Amazon. Adam March is a "self-made" m
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Kathleen
As a dog lover, I knew that this book was going to be one of my favorite books that I have read this summer, and I wasn't disappointed! Susan Wilson provides the reader with a storyline about Adam March and Chance, a mixed breed pit bull, who both have to overcome the ups-and-downs that life threw their way. While trying to rebuild what is left of their lives, a "chance" meeting leads to their lives intertwining, and they both learn the most important lesson there is .. that they need each other ...more
Sheila DeChantal
Adam March is a married well to do man. He has a wife who loves her who likes the comforts of having money and a teenage daughter who wants for nothing. On the brink of becoming CEO of the company he has worked hard in for years, a lapse in judgement, a snap decision, causes Adam to lose everything. My the mighty have fallen when Adam loses his job, his, home, his wife, his daughter, and his dignity. Now working off a community service sentence at a local soup kitchen Adam needs to find out wher ...more
Thisgurl
When i first picked up this title i thought it was gonna be something similar to Marly & Me. Instead i fell in love with a pit bull named Chance! I was hooked from there.

Adam, the human, is a total ass-bag and trainwreck waiting to happen. i was actually happy to see him brought down and his life trashed. Sure that may be petty of me but he did sort of deserve it. When someone is that selfish and self absorbed, how can they ever hope to empathize with another human, much less with a dog they
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
This book was a solid four/four and a half. I enjoyed it immensely.

Adam is a really easy character to dislike. Wilson did an excellent job of drawing his character and bringing us on the journey to growth and change. I really enjoyed the other main character, Chance.

Part of the charm of this book for me was that it was an audio book. The narration from the dog's point of view and the man's point of view was done by different actors so the listener could easily feel when they were inside each c
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Jackie
This is a marvelous tale of redemption, salvation and reinvention. Two tough fighters--one a man, one a dog--stumble upon each other at a very critical juncture in both of their lives. The human, Adam, has just lost his high powered and status driven life, including his family. The dog, eventually named Chance, is on his last chance at the animal shelter. Narrated half by Adam and half by Chance, this is an utterly engrossing tale of recreating yourself with more than one love story woven into i ...more
Taylor Willcock
This book was a story of a man and a dog, both with no place to go. Throughout this story, Adam March and a former dog-fighting pit bull, Chance, start to give each other the hope that neither of them thought they needed. I liked the way it puts you into the mind of the dog, and how Adam's personality is slowly revealed through things that happened in his childhood. At the beginning of the book, Chance was living to fight, and Adam was a cold-hearted business man who only cared about success, an ...more
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Born in Providence, RI, raised in Middlefield (Rockfall) Connecticut. Post High School Education, Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT and Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT.
Married, two grown daughters and a granddaughter and grandson.
Lives in Oak Bluffs, MA, on Martha's Vineyard.

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