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Lily and the Octopus Audiobook

Lily and the Octopus

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Publisher's Summary

Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Remember the last book you told someone they had to listen to? Lily and the Octopus is the next one.

©2016 Steven Rowley (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Michael Urie narrates with a heartfelt passion that makes one giggle and laugh, nod in understanding and sob with sorrow. Urie's authentic emotion comes out in every character, whether it's Lily the dog's excitement, Ted the human's frustration, or the nameless octopus's apathy." (AudioFile)

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  • Franca
    King City, ON, Canada
    15/06/16
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    "Dog sighs...."

    This book is amazing. Maybe because I am a singleton and doggy parent - but this book made me FEEL. I had some laugh out loud moments and some sobbing - but I will definitely be putting this in my top 10 Audible books!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    14/06/16
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    "Be prepared for tears"
    Any additional comments?

    As a person with an eleven year old dachshund I found this store extremely difficult to listen to, yet I could not stop. I totally understand the love and devotion Ted had for his dear Lily. Letting go is so painful. One of at the cruelest things is in life is the fact that a dog’s life is just way to short.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jean the Urban Walker
    Queens, New York
    29/06/16
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    "My heart ached... filled to overflow with love"
    What did you love best about Lily and the Octopus?

    I loved Ted's metaphoric journey through Lilly's last days. I just lost my own loving pet a few months ago {when Lilly told Ted '30 days is enough' I had to sob aloud because I'm still grieving months beyond that}. I can commiserate with his battle to save her, and loved that he had a protagonist in the octopus to fight against... I had no such villian in my own story. But I had no less heartache even when my girl left on her own before I was forced to 'help' her on to a better path than the one she was struggling upon


    What other book might you compare Lily and the Octopus to and why?

    I think this one stands alone; I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started listening to the story & as it was developing, I think I really BELIEVED that Ted's battle was real


    What about Michael Urie’s performance did you like?

    I believed he was Ted... and Lily. And feeling the love and the ache from both sides of the story. He was beautiful.


    Who was the most memorable character of Lily and the Octopus and why?

    The cantankerous octopus & his non-nonchalance attitude while taking Lily's live away in thin slices. I think it gave Ted hope to personify death in an effort to save Lily. It gave him something to attempt to fend off, something to direct his fear towards. The sea battle was amazing; I actually had to stop walking and re-wind so as not to miss a beat: the more Ted's hopes tried to push away his fears, the more Lily tried to reel him back to reality. She wanted/needed to be released by Ted. And for her to 're-appear' in the form of Ted's blind date was just a marvelous circle of love.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has ever loved and lost a four footed son/daughter/brother/sister needs to listen to this to understand you are not strange in what you feel. They are not just pets, they are our better souls.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Giventime
    13/06/16
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    "Tenderly creative, provacative"

    amazing performance by narrator. a loving, lovely story of love and loss. I'll be recommending for a support group I facilitate. looking at cancer through this author's eyes may help others to accept the journey.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Missa
    New York, NY
    26/06/16
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    "Wonderful and emotional book"

    If you are a dog owner this will absolutely pull at your heartstrings. It's an easy to listen book that you won't want to finish. I loved the narrator's interpretation of Lily's voice and found myself spontaneously smiling and laughing as I listened to the story. A great summer book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly
    13/06/16
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    "Still pondering it three days later"

    Such a touching story on so many levels. Anyone who has lost a loved one to death or a break up will be moved by this wonderful tale of the strength of love and our battles to keep it alive.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    1/08/16
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    "A aweet story of pure love."

    The narration was prefect for the story. The story reminds us to enjoy the time we have with our beloved pets.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • darmstro
    Calgary, Alberta Canada
    21/07/16
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    "Don't miss this book!"

    If you love a dog, or have ever loved a dog, you must read this book. I laughed, cried, laughed some more and shed much eye rain. Now I need to go hug my dog and never let her go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • billienye
    14/07/16
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    "Beautiful"

    Heartwarming and funny. Made me laugh and cry. This is a story of a love so pure between a man and his dog. A must-read for dog lovers everywhere.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suzan
    USA
    8/07/16
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    "Wonderful!"
    What did you love best about Lily and the Octopus?

    This was so well written, so well narrated, fantastic book! I have had my heart broken many times from the loss of a dog!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lily, if life were fair dogs would have the exact same longevity as their humans!


    Which scene was your favorite?

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    If you could rename Lily and the Octopus, what would you call it?

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    Any additional comments?

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Amazon Customer
    26/11/16
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    "sweet story"

    3 stars because too much about the octopus, dog and man were sufficient by themselves

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    6/09/16
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    "To die will be an awfully big adventure."

    J.M. Barrie

    I loved this book, it felt personal and real, made of true love for someone that is not consider a someone but an it, it expressed the love some of us have for our pets and how much they affect our lives with theirs.
    Beautifully written this was a real find that made me happy and sad but left me a big lump of love.
    An awfully big adventure.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Katie Hobson
    27/07/16
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    "Lily and the Octopus"

    This book is strange but enjoyable. It tells the story of Ted, a gay guy from Los Angeles and his one true love, his dog, Lily!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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