The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron | Audiobook Review

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron | Audiobook ReviewThe Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron
Narrator: David Colacci
Length: 16 Hours 58 Minutes
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on August 4th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Library, Publisher
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From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!Set against the most dramatic time in our species' history, The Dog Master tells the story of one tribe's struggle for survival and one extraordinary man's bond with a wolf-a friendship that changed mankind foreverThirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey.
No stranger to the experiences that make us human-a mother's love and a father's betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss-our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape.
Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction...but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology-domesticated wolves.
Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a solider, and a friend. The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is an evocative glimpse of prehistory, an emotional coming of age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting, imaginative story of the first dog.

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Why Did I Listen To The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron?

The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is 100% out of the ordinary for what I typically read, listen to, and review. I mean, yes, I do listen to historical fiction sometimes. However, I never ever listen to historical fiction set during the dawn of human civilization. I am blanking a bit on what the time era is called, it just does not interest me all that much. The Dog Master, however, absolutely interested me because I am just wild about dogs. Seriously, I think it is a great day when I get to pet a dog.

What’s The Story Here?

So, okay, in full disclosure, I listened to The Dog Master back in October 2016 and it is now March 2017 as I write this and so I am 100% fuzzy on details from this book. Here’s what I remember – the book opens up with a professor in class. He’s assigning his students a subject with that early humanity era. Eventually he goes out to eat in France, I think. And the subject turns to the first dog. From there, the story goes on to follow some tribes during early humanity. There’s the Kindred tribe and one called the Frightened and another called the Cohort. I think there’s a few more. Anyways, there’s a character named Mal who has a physical abnormality. His mom won’t let it be thought of as a curse and fights for him to stay with the tribe. Mal gets cast out though and ends up training these wolf puppies – including one named Dog. There’s also a whole lot of other characters and a parallel storyline going on too.

What Did I Think Of The Dog Master?

So, okay, in all fairness I do not remember literally everything about W. Bruce Cameron’s The Dog Master. I remember specifically Dog, because obviously it has to do with a dog. I remember Mal and how he really does overcome the odds. There’s also the part where intelligence triumphs over strength. There is a little bit of romance. From what I recall, I enjoyed this book. I do not have any lingering strong negative feelings. In fact, I do remember really liking this book and being a fan of the audiobook narration. However, as you can see here, procrastination claims another victim of total recall.

How’s The Narration?

So, from what I remember, the audiobook of The Dog Master is narrated by David Calucci. He’s got a voice that has gravitas. However, he does a fair job narrating different characters at different ages. You can definitely tell the difference between each person in the book based on his voicing. This audiobook is a little bit longer than what I typically listen to — it is nearly 17 hours. However, it’s worth a listen. I really enjoyed it and I have no regrets about borrowing this audiobook from the library.

Sum It Up With A GIF:

This GIF is so accurate as to how I feel about dogs and this book.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. I remember coming across this in a bookstore and being so intrigued! I loved the cover and it sounded so unique and fascinating. I haven’t seen anyone else talk about it so your review is a pleasant surprise! Sounds like it was worthwhile overall. I’ll have to try it someday 🙂