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Summary

From the number one Sunday Times best-selling author.

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children, Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost).

Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - Prince's responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him, and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact and take desperate action to save his Family.

©2005 Matt Haig (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd

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Amazing but sad

Such a sad story but an excellent tail (pun intended)
Gripping, fast paced, but sad.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant!

Loved it all, and will listen to it again and again.
Highly recommend all of Matt Haig’s work but this is a shining example

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Dog lovers will hate this book!

I bought this book because I have a much-loved and cherished black labrador. I sincerely wish I hadn't bothered buying it. The story is bleak and sad particularly in the latter half. The hero is badly let down by the end of the story where various events are contrived to make it seem like the only choice available.

The author must be a complete misery to have come up with this story. There are so many other interesting directions that he could have taken this plot. It seems as though he had some axes to grind about social injustices and chose to air them using this book.

Almost all of the human characters are completely annoying and none of them deserve the wonderful dogs they own. The saving grace - and I had to think really hard to come up with one - is the voices that the narrator uses for various breeds of dog. He didn't get more stars for performance because of his whiny human voices which grated on the ear.

If I had a time machine I'd go back to before I bought this and get something else instead!

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expected more

I usually enjoy this sort of book and absolutely love dogs I however found some parts hard to follow and stay focused

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Imaginative story-telling but over-long

The trials and tribulations of a family’s life told from the perspective of their Labrador dog is certainly a new way to tell a story but, especially for the first half of the book, I felt it was more worthy of a short story than a novel as the edicts of the ‘Labrador Pact” were repeatedly told and the story was a bit repetitive. However, the second half of the book becomes much more action-packed. Dog-lovers will find the ending sad.

Overall I enjoyed the book and found it a good company when out walking.

The narrator is good.

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  • Mrs O
  • Melksham, United Kingdom
  • 24-05-18

Seriously!

I was sooooo disappointed by the end of this story. I loved the premise and the narration from the point of view of the dog. The culture and morals that the author created for the different breeds of dog were thought provoking, wryly funny and great for any dog lover. The story of the family who own Prince was also well crafted - I just felt the end was unnecessary and put me off the whole thing. A real disappointment as I usually love Matt Haig books.

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A story of what s hidden in families

Matt Haig is one of my faviourite authors and I do love the way his novels are so insightful about the human condition. Personally therefore, I did take a lot from this book (one of his earlier ones) however, there are some very difficult themes explored here and I think it might have been better to have been warned more about that before I listened to it - luckily I do usually listen on my own but this certainly isn't one to have on when children are around.

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An interesting premise but v distressing in parts

I really enjoy Haig’s books. However I didn’t realise this would be so violent, and the ending was so depressing, I found it quite disturbing. The narrator was fantastic tho.

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  • Dawn
  • Warwickshire
  • 05-05-18

Too Sad

I couldn’t get past the first chapter, I knew the story was just going to be too sad. I’m sure it’s a good book, that’s why I’ve given it a good star rating, as I love all Matt Haig’s work but this book is not for me (and I’m a cat person really).

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Brilliant

Being a dog lover i can imagine rhe dogs behaviour. Amusing with plot twists. A thoroughly good listen