Lad: A Dog
Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks
Date: January 2006
Duration: 8 hours 31 minutes
Lad: A Dog is a novelized version of twelve short stories about a fantastic collie named Lad. Lad is a noble creature, risking life and limb in defense of the vulnerable.
Many people believe Lad: A Dog was the basis for the highly popular ""Lassie"" series which gripped the imagination of children and adults alike, as has this book for generations past.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 01: His Mate
Chapter 02: ""Quiet!""
Chapter 03: A Miracle of Two
Chapter 04: His Little Son
Chapter 05: For a Bit of Ribbon
Chapter 06: Lost!
Chapter 07: The Throwback
Chapter 08: The Gold Hat
Chapter 09: Speaking of Utility
Chapter 10: The Killer
Chapter 11: Wolf
Chapter 12: In the Day of Battle
Albert Payson Terhune (1872 - 1942) was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of two writers, his Father also a prominent minister. Terhune had great success in two endeavors, writing and dog breeding.
Originally a journalist, Terhune turned his family's summer home into a successful Collie breeding Kennel and devoted himself to writing fiction, mostly dog-themed.
Reviews for Alcazar AudioWorks' production of Lad: A Dog
I remember how in long-gone golden days, on visits to my grandmother's, I would curl up in my late grandfather's broad leather chair and immerse myself in the leather-bound treasures to be found in his library. Lad: A Dog was one of my favorites, with its tales of a brave, gallant, and intelligent collie. Lad's adventures have become a favorite among our children in turn.
Now we are having the fun of listening together to Alcazar Audioworks' unabridged reading by Bobbie Frohman. We have by turns laughed, cried, been indignant, and nodded in satisfaction at Lad's vindication after false accusation. This is a wonderful story, although my most sensitive listeners have clung to me in terror or tears at various points, and only because I know how it all comes out, have I been able to allow them to listen.
A word or two of caution: The author likens the dogs' relationship to their master in terms of worship of a god. Some of the scenes are intense, and the author is not one to mince words. (For example, the description of a fierce and vicious dog fight, and another where the dog was bitten by a poisonous snake, were too much for our youngest to bear.) As a matter of personal taste, with this being the story of a male dog, and with much of the dialogue attributed to male characters, I would have preferred a male reader; though Bobbie Frohman is a fine reader in her own right. However, as long as we're talking about the reading itself, I must say that we noted several apparent mispronunciations. Since I know I mispronounce words myself, when we ran across words that sounded wrong, we looked them up in the dictionary. It was a good exercise. Still, be aware of the potential for a problem, and don't be afraid to look up unfamiliar words for vocabulary exercise. Correct pronunciation is important!
Even with these cautions, I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who is a dog-lover and appreciator of vivid writing.
Reviewed By: Virginia Jones - EHO Eclectic Homeschool Online
I read this book when I was in elementary school, and when I found it on Audible, I just had to get it. I am so glad I did. It is a wonderful book and I have really enjoyed listening to it. It brought back wonderful memories.
If you have ever loved a dog, you will love this book.
Listener Review - Audible.com