Friday, December 10, 2010

Audiobook: Marley: A Dog Like No Other

Grogan, J. (Author), & Harris, N.P. (Narrator). (2007). Marley: A dog like no other. [Audiobook on CD]. New York, NY: HarperChildren's Audio.

Genre: Animals, Humor

Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12

Similar Titles: Marley: A Dog Like No Other

Plot: Neil Patrick Harris brings even more hilarity to John Grogan's story of his rambunctious yellow Labrador retriever, Marley. Harris reads with a clear strong voice, which takes Marley's antics and brings them to life. From Marley's obsessive chewing, and his refusal to listen to his master, to the more tender moments spent with Grogan's children, all are made even more exiting with the charismatic voice of Neil Patrick Harris. Marley is clearly a challenging dog to deal with, and yet John Grogan and his wife Jenny manage to train him and despite his many foibles - Marley becomes a great family dog. 

Personal Thoughts: The audiobook version of the book by the same title is unabridged; children can choose to listen and read along silently, or try their hand at reading at reading aloud following Harris' example. I thought Neil Patrick Harris did a great job reading… it makes me want to get any audiobooks read by him… After seeing the movie and reading the book (adult version) I thought this was a very nice version of the story for kids.

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