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A Loyal Companion

Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

Spoiled and ungoverned, Fitz was not suitable companion for a lady of fashion...

And certainly no proper chaperon. Fitz begged to disagree--after all, a dog was a true incomparable as far as friendship, loyalty, and protection - and soon lovely Miss Sonia was plucked by her rusticated roots and packed off, dog and all, to London. Perhaps there she would find a husband to tame her free-spirited ways - and keep her out of trouble.

Sonia, however, always had a soft spot for the underdog, and Darius Conover was such a fellow. Scorned by society for a scandalous deed, Conover was not redeemed even by his heroics in battle. Until he met Sonia and Fitz, two passionate souls undaunted by even the most odious circumstances - and decidedly determined to undo the shackles binding his heart.

©2012 Barbara Metzger (P)2014 Untreed Reads Publishing

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well written story

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where in alternate chapters fitz gives his thoughts on humans, other animals reasoning, and a bit of history.
lovely story where Sonia likes to get her way and charms the people in London on the party rounds.
stevie Zimmerman performed the story well. the soundtrack let it down a bit.

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  • E. Didi
  • 29-05-14

A Cute, Light Read; But Not Stupid

Would you listen to A Loyal Companion again? Why?

Yes, it's a nice kind of relaxing book that's very good for a car trip or pool-side.

What did you like best about this story?

That it was pleasant without being stupid. It's hard to find a book that's light and funny, but also well written.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

I liked her voices very much, I just wish the audio quality had been better. It varied, but was generally of sub-par quality. It also skipped a little here and there.

Any additional comments?

Lovely, funny little book. It's also quite clean, so I'd feel comfortable giving it to a precocious child or more conservative older person. I hope Audible picks up more from the author and voice actress. I just wish the audio quality was better.

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  • Liz Hart
  • 09-05-14

A light, fun read

What did you like best about this story?

I am very fond of books where a dogs take part in the narration. They make me look at my dog differently. I am sure my behavior exasperates him at times.

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  • Marcheta
  • 28-04-14

Loved Fitz the dog's point of view

Would you consider the audio edition of A Loyal Companion to be better than the print version?

I read the book years ago and was very happy to see this book on audible. The audio just enhances the book. I have the book, audio, and Kindle versions - if I really like a story, I buy it in all the forms in which it is available.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fitz the dog!!! I loved the comments from Fitz. For example, when Darius is looking for a kidnapped character, he comments to Fitz, "They have a good lead on us. Do you think you can find [the] coach in this mess, huh, Fitz?" And Fitz thinks to himself, "Of course I can. I peed on it [the wheel], didn't I?"

Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

They were all good. I liked the way she used a lower class accent for Fitz.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I also listened to it with my sister whenever we were in the car.

Any additional comments?

I love Barbara Metzger's earlier books, like this one. I'd like to see her earlier books in audio form.

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  • Cam
  • 12-06-18

Somewhat entertains just not quite grabbing

Story was not one that drew me to my phone at every waking moment as some others have in the past. No mystery and both were willing parties and submitting to the love. I need mysteries in my books that draw me in. Not knowing how the story would turn or one resisting the love etc. something to keep it interesting or the fizz disappears.

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  • 🌿🌸Susynne🌸🌿
  • 04-02-17

Such a unique point of view!

This didn't feel like the Barbara Metzger novels I had 'read' so far... and it took a while to get into it. However it was just as enjoyable and just as much fun... And so unique too.
As usual Stevie Zimmerman gives a stellar performance!

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  • Sonia Larry
  • 09-12-19

Very Sweet

An entertaining old fashioned story. I enjoyed the dog addressing the listener. It is a clean story without being prudish.

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  • Karen
  • 27-11-19

Cute story, awful reader

Unfortunately this book was read by another reader & being returned. After suffering thru a third of the book, I couldn't take the narration any longer so I skipped to the last few chapters.

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  • amtmcm
  • 10-11-19

A favorite for dog lovers

I tremendously enjoyed this story and even made my husband listen along when we were in the car because I wanted to keep listening. I was a bit leary of a romance narrated by a dog, but that's not completely accurate. Each chapter starts with a commentary by Fitz, the dog, and then he launches the story forward to the point where the rest of the characters take over until the next chapter. It works seamlessly and showcases Metzger's talent.

And she always does an outstanding job of portraying animals in a natural and humorous way, capturing the comical behavior we've seen in our own pets. The first book I read by Metzger was "Ace of Hearts" and it has the funniest scenes with a protective goose. My mom has told me stories of a goose she had as a child and Metzger's depiction was enjoyably similar.

Sunny and Darius are both lively, good-looking and good-hearted characters you will want to root for. And the narration by Stevie Zimmerman is excellent! She differentiates the voices of the characters and her pacing and expression are spot on. I thoroughly enjoy this audiobook and have listened to it several times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-07-19

Adorable and Fun!

This is a great clean romance that is funny, witty and absolutely adorable. Most certainly worth a credit and the narrator does a marvelous job.

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  • P. Stewart
  • 15-08-18

Wonderful tale

This book has earned a place on my list of books to take to that desert island.