• Second Chances

  • Finding Redemption in Maine
  • By: Craig Grossi
  • Narrated by: Craig Grossi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The author of the heartwarming Craig and Fred tells the deeply emotional and inspiring story of the next phase of their lives together: working closely with prison inmates in Maine who raise and train puppies to become service dogs.

Former US Marine Craig Grossi and his dog Fred appeared on the Today Show and Rachael Ray and in schools, bookstores, and military bases across America as they told the uplifting story of how Craig found Fred, a stray, while serving in Afghanistan - and brought him home. During their travels, Craig was invited to speak at Maine State Prison - the penitentiary that inspired Stephen King’s famous Shawshank. While there, he met a group of very special inmates, participants in a program run by the nonprofit America’s Vet Dogs.

Craig discovered that many of the prisoners are veterans - former soldiers serving their country in an entirely different way: by transforming purebred Labrador Retrievers from floppy puppies into indispensable companions for disabled vets. These service dogs literally and figuratively open doors for men and women, offering hope and a renewed sense of freedom. 

Yet these disabled vets are not the only lives changed by these dogs. The inmates who train them “are given a purpose, they’re given experience, and most importantly they’re given a sense of self-worth,” Craig explains. “The men at Maine State are given a second chance - something that I believe everyone deserves.” For Craig, the visit had a profound impact. “There was something special going on inside its walls and it was calling out to me. I quickly realized that the program and its men had something to show the world.”

In this emotionally powerful book, he introduces these men and challenges us to look deeper, to see them as human beings deserving of a new shot at life. “We’re quick to give second chances to celebrities, politicians, and famous athletes when they screw up,” Craig reminds us, “but when it comes to those who’ve been convicted for their mistakes, we too often dismiss them as forever lost.” Second Chances poignantly shows that no life is irredeemable and that each of us can make a difference if given the opportunity.

©2021 Craig Grossi (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Excellent, touching, important

I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and heart of Craig's second book. Although it doesn't focus on his dog Fred as much as the first one, it still highlights the powerful lessons that dogs and our relationship with them can teach us through the eyes of a dog training program done by inmates. this book is so very human and spiritual, and it continues the message of the importance of vulnerability and stubborn positivity. It's a beautiful read. The last few chapters especially hold such gold. Thank you Craig for being a vessel of love and transformation through your writing and through your service to others.

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Second Chances

This is a fanominal book. I enjoyed every second of it. The author reading it was a big bonus. I will definitely be relistening to this audio book again. love, love, love it.

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PAWSITIVITY!!

I love love love this author, his story and his narration. I listened to this sequel right after reading his first book: Craig&Fred. if you love dogs and have a compassionate heart, you will love this story. If you can, read his first book first, but it's not necessary.This book stands by itself quite well. I have a new understanding of how Veterans can struggle upon their return to society and how dogs can be of tremendous help to them. ❤

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A fantastic audible read!

Mr. Grossi outdid himself. This book was inspiring, teachable and heartwarming. Can’t wait for his next book.

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Excellent narration. Very thoughtful provoking.


Loved it. Did not want it to end.. Looking forward to more! Bravo Craig and Freddie!

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What a great story!

Both of Craig’s books are such a joy. His narration really brings you in. You feel like he is sitting by your side, telling you his story.

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Redemption!

I loved hearing each man’s story over the course of this book. I am reminded again and again that every person‘s life is worth celebrating. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with shame and guilt because of their past. I also recommend this book to people or who are helping others navigate the rough waters of life.