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Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley (AUDIOBOOK)

Barb - AV July 15, 2016

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Lily and the Octopus - written by Steven Rowley, narrated by Michael Urie

I wasn’t sure what this book was about other than a dog that had an octopus on its head, but the title was so intriguing that I couldn’t resist listening to it.   The story that unfolded was an insightful look at life through the eyes of a devoted pet owner, Ted, and his elderly dog, Lily.  A bit of whimsy is included as the dog speaks English and so does the octopus. Ted, Lily’s owner, must grapple with the difficult decisions that come with an aging pet.  As he makes these decisions about Lily, Ted also examines the difficulties in his own relationships with humans.  Once the options for Lily become clear, so do some of the solutions for Ted’s personal dilemmas.  Life decisions are difficult and, for anyone who has owned a beloved pet, this book with its unique title will suck you in and remind you why people love and fight to hold onto those they don’t want to lose.  While the narration was a bit lacking in variation between characters, and at first I did not like the voice of Lily, by the middle of the book the narration was much improved.   I enjoyed listening to this debut novel and would read the next available book by this author.   For digital resource users, this title is available through 3M Cloud and Overdrive as e-audio and e-books.

Overall Rating:  A

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