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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 13 June 2018
I have given this book five stars, not because it is a brilliant literary achievement, but because it is an amazing love story. Every review I have read focuses on the racing, the difficulties Dion had getting Gobi out of China. This book is about courage and surviving against all odds for someone you love, in this case Gobi. Dion has so many self-doubts left off from his terrible childhood he has to constantly face down his demons. Whether it is while he is pushing himself in ultra marathons or trying to achieve the impossible task of taking a little dog out of China, he is constantly battling against himself. The background story of this young man gets lost in the adrenaline rush of rescuing Gobi, but it is just as amazing as the dog's story. This guy had a terrible childhood; it is just wonderful that he found such a caring, supportive wife. As for all the people who help him achieve his goals, they are amazing too. It is obvious this young man is very special indeed if he can win the hearts of so many others. An inspiring read even if the style is not on the same level. Well done Dion.
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on 17 December 2017
When a marathon runner, competing in a gruelling ultra marathon across the Gobi dessert in China is chosen by a little brown dog to be its partner for life, his faith in succeeding is tested. His hope of saving his new little friend & the charity of the Chinese people volunteering their help plus the charity of people worldwide who raised funds to make it possible to bring "Gobi home ", leaves me with admiration & gratitude. I want to cuddle that amazing little dog & hug her best friend.
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on 3 August 2017
Couldn't wait to read this story as I'd been following Gobi's ups and downs online since around the time of her race with Mr Leonard in the Gobi Desert! The book didn't disappoint as it includes quite a bit of behind the scenes information not divulged at the time. And Gobi and Dion's mutual story has so many twists and turns, whilst simultaneously throwing a light on other interesting characters and cultures that pop up along the way, that it was almost as delightful to read it again in book form as it was to follow it in regular and social media over the past year and more. The book is nicely written and would be very accessable, I think, to the average Aussie reader, not just those who have a particular interest in running or dogs or what it's like for a westerner in China these days - but certainy for those special groups too.
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on 7 October 2017
I started it and really liked it then got a bit 'over' all the people trying to exhaust themselves to 'death' on the marathons...then the story twisted a bit and I got into it again. Remarkable story but a bit too 'puffed/drawn out'....smaller book would have done it....
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on 13 February 2018
A good story but a bit frustrating as the author creates stress over his constant doubts. He wa s inclined to dwell on the negative as he saw the worst scenarios. I could almost feel him sweating as he thought about might happen. He needs a lesson in faith and positive thinking. I like happy everlasting stories but it took a bit too long getting there.
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on 13 February 2018
Thoroughly enjoyable read. Such a heartwarming story. When I had finished I wanted to read more so searched on internet and found lots more videos and articles about Gobi and his new home.
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on 11 October 2017
This is an amazing story of one man's determination & journey to bring this incredible little dog home from China to the UK, in itself an ultra marathon. But the incredible strength & determination to compete in, & complete, these ultra marathon desert races is also truly unforgettable. This life changing reltionship between dog & man is beautifully related. Tissues required!!
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on 5 June 2017
This is an amazing encouraging heartwarming story of pure dedication and stubborness that is mixed with love for a little fluffball that just happens to be a cutey
Thank you Dion for sharing this with us
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on 12 September 2017
Amazing story , makes you realise there is still some good in this world , although some of it reads a fictional babble of men in black cars and dark sunglasses , almost ready to leave it at that point but was intreagued as what become of Cobi
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on 9 July 2018
A delightful and very quick read that was about overcoming a difficult adolescence, then growing and maturing into a caring and insightful adult through the relationships that Dion entered into.
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