• Max the Miracle Dog

  • The Heart-warming Tale of a Life-saving Friendship
  • By: Kerry Irving
  • Narrated by: Marston York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Max the Miracle Dog

By: Kerry Irving
Narrated by: Marston York
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Publisher's Summary

Are you ready, Max? If anyone's going to help me do this, it's you.

The heart-warming tale of a life-saving friendship.

In 2006, a traumatic car accident changed Kerry Irving's life forever.

Suffering from severe neck and back injuries, Kerry was unemployed and housebound, struggling with depression and even thoughts of suicide. He went from cycling over 600 miles a month to becoming a prisoner in his own home.

With hope all but lost, Kerry's wife encouraged him to go on a short walk to the local shop. In the face of unbearable pain and overwhelming panic, he persevered and, along the way, met an adorable yard dog named Max. As the Spaniel peered up through the railings, Kerry found comfort and encouragement in his soulful brown eyes. This chance encounter marked a turning point in both their lives.

In Max, Kerry found comfort and motivation, and in Kerry, Max found someone to care for him. This is their remarkable, inspiring story.

©2020 Kerry Irving (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Slow beginning

The beginning is a little slow but then you learn about Max for the first time and your hooked. I had to read (hear) the book on breaks, at dinner table (after getting the family caught up) and then right before bed. I was in those fields, playing in the water and meeting all the people with Max. One of the best stories ever. But best of all, I had my black and white springer spaniel right by my side. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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Man's best friend

A delightful book for everyone. Tough childhood and hard young life but then the accident that almost ruined a life.Saved by a chance meeting with a dog named Max and the rest is history. Wonderful tale of a special dog but even more the affirmation that dogs are a true gift to humans.

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Love Springer Spaniels

Kerry is quite candid about his struggles and that helps everyone.
We have a Springer who we adore and this tells a story of how very sweet this breed is. Although ours is definitely not as calm as Max.

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A lovely ending to sad beginnings

The story was moving, compelling and vital until the dog become integrated into the author's life, after which most content was filler. The chapters about life with disability were however excellent, as was the point that speaking openly about genuine emotions provides an opening we all desperately yearn for.

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Could've Been Good with an Editor

I hate to say this, but here goes: This story could've . . . should've been a great story, and I am sure the author had a horrendous childhood. BUT this is not the way to tell it. I could not muster much empathy for him as it droned on and on, repeating the sad tale of how he wanted to be with his brothers, but felt like he was abandoning his mother. Some people seem to wallow in their pain, and others climb on out of it, and begin to look for solutions. In telling a story like this, I think less is MORE. Focusing on the victories and how Max helped to heal him would have kept me listening.

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Love this book!

For anyone who ever found a dog to save your life. Great story about overcoming fear and anxiety.

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What a story!

Max really was the miracle dog. I started following his journey on Facebook about 2 years ago with my Mum who had been an avid follower for a long time prior. This book shares some great behind the scenes stories of life with max and Kerry’s journey too. It was a wonderful book.

I started listening to this a few days after Max had crossed the rainbow bridge… so a few tears were shed too.

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outstanding

just love the storyline and the love that Max gave to everybody I just love dog stories and thank you for writing this it was outstanding just wish it was longer.

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Max the Miracle Dog

What a wonderful book, so happy to have found it! Hope you take the time to read/listen to the book.

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  • Valerie
  • 12-03-20

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this is the best audiobook I have ever listened to and can highly recommend it

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  • Mrs S W of Dumfries
  • 03-10-20

Mrs S of Dumfries

This is a beautiful read. As a fellow dog lover who lost her mate 10 years ago but now at nearly 84 cannot have another accompanying i just love hearing from others who still have theirs.thank you for giving me a few hours of such pleasure

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  • User 000
  • 12-27-20

Have the tissues at hand!

I've followed the Max Facebook page for a couple of years, Kerry, Angela and their furry family are a favourite with many tens of thousands. What I had no idea about was the start of the story, Kerry's formative years and his depression. The story is a must listen, it resonates with me and will surely touch the hearts of all those who listen to it. The narration is excellent from Marston York and having heard Kerry read some of the book the similarity in voices is uncanny. I listened to this book during several hundreds of mile motorway journeys and it eats up the miles, but be warned it does make a grown man cry!

A cannot turn it off listen!

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  • Matt jones
  • 09-19-20

Brilliant

Great book with a warm honest story about a dog who saved a man life

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  • La Cazalla
  • 03-25-20

The perfect listen for the Coronavirus lockdown

I’ve been a Max fan for several years, hardly surprising considering we have three wonderful springers of our own, but I hadn’t expected Kerry and Max’s story to be so moving, heartwarming and uplifting. Highly recommended for anyone looking for the light at the end of the tunnel or who needs convincing that having a dog by your side will brighten any dark day.

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  • AMYJ
  • 02-07-21

Inspirational, a must-read!

Loved every second of this book. Wonderful inspiring story and beautifully narrated in an accent close to the author’s I suspect. Didn’t want it to end.

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  • Emma Pink
  • 01-21-21

Could not stop listening

Love the way kerry and his dogs have helped so many lives and talking which is what it's all about

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  • Waggy From Derby
  • 10-24-20

the power of canine love - heartwarming

a joyous book, laugh, cry with joy, an amazing must listen book. as a dog lover myself I know the power of love. they offer, life is not worth living without one

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  • Elle77
  • 10-15-20

Inspirational

What an inspiration Kerry and his boys are. I really enjoyed this book and Kerry’s honesty. My Springer helped me through a difficult time. They are the best dogs!

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  • 10-07-20

Brilliant

Brilliant book loved it I laughed and I cried
very emotional I love Springer Spaniels

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  • 08-13-21

absolutely delightful!!

This book is right up there with my favourite books of all time. I just loved it. I have had Springer spaniels all my life and this made it extra special, but even without that connection this is a wonderful story. I loved every minute and I know I will listen to it again and again. The narrator did a fantastic job too.