• Marley and Me

  • Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
  • By: John Grogan
  • Narrated by: John Grogan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,416 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wriggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, 97-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good, Marley was expelled.

And yet his heart was pure. Just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. A dog like no other, Marley remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

©2005 John Grogan (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

  • 2006 Quill Award Winner

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

What listeners say about Marley and Me

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    1 out of 5 stars

reporter attempting to be writer and failing

This book is terribly written - it is so bland, so lifeless, so lacking in nuance and emotion it is truly painful to listen to. Add to that the author's monotone and it made even the shortest drive to the market seem like a cross country haul. The subject matter is sweet, and being a dog lover and owner I have read MANY dog stories. But this one lacks all but the facts. I think the author should stick to reporting the news and not his personal life. If you want to read an amazing dog book try: A Dog Year, Colter, A Rough Shooting Dog, A Pack of Two or 50 Acres and a Poodle. These all have the same 'time spent with dog and trevails resulting from such' theme, but are written with passion and life, This book feels like a chew toy that lost its squeak.

29 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Tears - laughter and saddness

This book was so well written to the true dog owner, that you can see Marley and his antics. Once I started listening, I just could not stop, and ended up with a box of tissue for the tears of both the laughter and sorrow that this dog's person spoke. I have recommended this book to many people this week, and could not say enough. One has to remember, it is not a story of fiction, but one of the author's memories of his beloved family pet. My mother was listening in the car for just 25 minutes with me last weekend and she is now wanting to borrow my book, which I may have to listen to again. It is well worth the time and money spent for a good, honest read (listen).

11 people found this helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Read this one!

The story is great. Like everyone else says, if you are a dog lover, you can't miss this one. I'm not sure how the "behind the scenes" thing works for picking the right narrator, but it can literally make or break a book. Had the actual writing not been so enjoyable, I would never have made it through. What a poor idea it was for the author to narrate his own book. The only 2 books that (for me) were an exception to that were Eat Pray Love and The Kite Runner.

I would have enjoyed this book much more if I had read it instead of listening to it.

8 people found this helpful

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Amazing Book

I was skeptical about this book at first...but after 2 minutes of listening, I was hooked. My wife and I listened to this book during a recent road trip and loved the story of the trials and tribulations of Marley and his owner. After listening, we were ready to go get our own "marley" :)

7 people found this helpful

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One of the worst

After Marley dies, John Grogen (a newspaper columnist) states "I wanted to write a farewell column to Marley, but I was afraid that all of my emotion would pour out in a gushy, maudlin piece of self-indulgence that would only humiliate me". So instead he decides to dedicate a whole book to it? This is not a book about Marley or the trials, tribulations and benefits of dog ownership, it is Grogen's autobiography for the 13 years he happened to own a dog.

It is not insightful, it is painful. I know far more than I care to about the Grogan family. I really don't care that you waited in the car while Jenny bought the home pregnancy kit because "there are some things guys just aren't meant to shop for". Grow up!

I have never been so let down by a book. I expected a story that made me consider how pet ownership might give me a new outlook on everyday problems. I got a story about about a very average man's life.

The only thing worse than reading this, is listening to Grogen's whiney, pitchy voice.

6 people found this helpful

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Stiff Read

I purchased this book because I have a dog and love him unconditionally. Perhaps if I had read the book, I would have thought it "cute." Listening to the author read his own work made me very uncomfortable. I think the publisher should have gotten someone else to read it for audio. VERY stiff and very disappointing.

6 people found this helpful

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Good read

I love this book! I laughed deeply; I cried deeply. Anyone who has raised a puppy to adulthood will appreciate this book. The only negative is the narrator.

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Good, but not great

In the great cats vs. dogs debate, I am most definitely a 'dog person' - and so couldn't resist Marley and Me when it first came out. It's a sweet story (and yes, I cried), but it suffers from Grogan's narration, which tends to drone on.

3 people found this helpful

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Entertaining

Have a new dog, so this is TOO real !
Funny.
Book and movie both have their merits.
Movie focused too much on the latter years of Marley's life, in my opinion.
Listening to the AUDIBLE book was difficult ... this is the only book that I have "listened" to that I would rather have read (or seen the movie).

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Painful listen

The author should have hired a professional reader. Listening to the reader of this book was painful. Overall, a terrible experience.

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