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  • A Tale of Love, Loss, and Courage (Guiding Emily, Book 1)
  • By: Barbara Hinske
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
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Guiding Emily

By: Barbara Hinske
Narrated by: Fred Berman,Julia Whelan
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Summary

Sometimes the perfect partner has four paws....

Emily Main had it all: a high-powered career with a leading technology giant and a handsome fiancé bounding up the corporate ladder. Their island wedding and honeymoon were idyllic, until a tragic accident causes her retinas to detach.

Her well-ordered life is shattered as all treatments are unsuccessful and she slips into blindness. How will those around her cope with her tragedy? Can she rebuild her life in this most unwelcome new normal?

Meanwhile, a black Lab puppy named Garth fulfills his destiny to become that most esteemed of all creatures: a guide dog.

Guiding Emily is a heartwarming tale of love, loss, and courage as Garth and Emily make their way to each other.

©2020 Barbara Hinske (P)2020 Podium Audio

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great book but inaccurancies

its a fantastic book. i really did enjoy it. however being a blind person myself... certain things just didnt fit & could miss lead people.... dogs cant find all doors or places you instruct them to. it is the person that has 2 learn the skills to get the dog to be able 2 find said place. they are very very clever but there not people. nevertheless this is 1 of my new fave books.

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Magical story.

This was a fantastic story. I felt i lived emily’s journey with her. Really loved the fact that the story was told from both points of view of both Emily and Garth. I loved the two narrators and felt they were perfect for this book. As a blind person myself i felt that the blindness was very well researched. I really hope that Audible do the sequel of this book and the same narrators read it. I loved the support that emily had from Druve and Zoe specially. I really did not like Connor from the start, i understand that being newly married and your wife going blind is a big adjustment however I don’t feel he really tried, everything was all about him and what he wanted.

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brilliant book defo worth listening

loved this audio book story is inspirational and captivating u from start to end.

only downside is I felt there needs to be a second book on what happens next and the decline of the dog as dogs don't live forever

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

A lovely story

I’m always hesitant to read books with blind protagonists because, so often, the authors make the blind person an object of pity or incredibly sappy inspiration porn. This book was recommended to me by a very reputable source, and when I found out that it was a story of a woman who learns to rebuild her life with a guide dog by her side, I knew I had to try it. The story was lovely, and both narrators were absolutely incredible. I feel petty offering feedback but it is obvious the author did substantial research, and I’m hoping she will take my words into account if she continues writing about Emily and Garth. The guiding techniques described for a person walking with a sighted person are inaccurate. The blind person would grip the guide’s elbow because it offers more feedback than a person’s shoulder. At all of the Guide Dog schools throughout the United States, there’s no command “step up” to cue the dog to get onto a public bus. Most importantly, no one but the handler should ever offer a guide dog treats under any circumstances while the dog is working or, as newly matched as Garth was in this story. And my last word of critique is that a guide dog is not required to wear both.a harness and a service dog vest. The harness is all that is necessary to indicate that the dog is in fact a trained guide dog. I really enjoyed this story of loss and healing, and I deeply, deeply appreciate how the author was able to tell a story while educating us on so many aspects of blindness and the guide dog lifestyle. PS: The fake service dog chapter is incredibly relevant and one of the most realistic moments in the book.

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  • Daniel Nevarez
  • 19-12-20

Inspirational

I just finished listening to the audio book and I am currently reading it in Braille. I am visionally impaired so this story really struck a nerve and spoke to me in so many ways. I really enjoyed that there was a separate narrator for the dog’s perspective and it would Switch, chapter to chapter. Highly recommend listening to this audio book .

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  • Lynda
  • 08-12-20

you get twice the info

when you read it on your own, you put alot of your own emotions in it, but, with the 2 narrators you get twice the info and the emotions from them sets a different tone.
the author is brilliant and you can tell she put her whole heart into research n development of this novel to bring true to life with the characters.
I can't wait for another novel of hers to continue the series. we're just getting started!
Ms Barb does it again in this amazing addition to such a well loved, thoroughly researched novel that has you Feeling you have a front row seat.
This story captures your heart and I absolutely love it that she includes all frame of minds and their experiences.
Well written and leaves more dialog for these well established characters.

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  • Peri
  • 26-03-21

Inspiring

Loved the book. It was easy to visualize the scenes. The narration was done well. I won't comment on the voice changes as I have read other critiques and disagreed. I think it is all subjective. ENJOY!

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  • Debbie Adams
  • 20-01-21

An Exceptional Read!

The book plot was interesting and informative. I gained so much knowledge about blindness, guide dogs, and how they work together. The book conveys determination from what could be a “sit down and give up” situation. Definitely a “feel good” read.

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  • Lisa P
  • 01-12-22

Guiding Emily

I love this author! This was a great story and showed the strength and power to regain one’s life after tragedy!

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  • gingflynn
  • 26-11-22

A Tale of Narcissism, Challenges and Self-pity

I assume this book would have gotten better if I could have endured the characters for a bit longer. After all, many people have enjoyed it. After listening for over an hour, I found the histrionics and self-centeredness of the main characters too much to bear. Are the characters realistic and believable? Yes. We have all known people like this. Are they people I would want in my life? Not at all. Though a book about the hardships faced by Drove, the high-functioning autistic person who is the only admirable character (except for the mother of the so-called heroine of the story) might be enjoyable and enlightening. Oh, and the dog, Garth. Usually I can enjoy anything that features a dog, but even he couldn’t keep me interested in this book. I would have returned it for credit but Audible feels I am ineligible to do this because even though I have spent $137.64 this month in extra credits on top of my audible subscription price this would have been my 3rd return of an unfinished book in the same period. They consider this excessive even though I am a long time subscriber who probably hasn’t returned more than 3 books in the previous years I have been a user. So, bye-bye, Audible. Unfortunately, I’ve just had a run of bad picks, in spite of listening to the samples before ordering. You won’t see another penny from me.

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  • Author Abbie Johnson Taylor
  • 23-11-22

A Good Story but Unrealistic Portrayal

I had opportunities to hear Barbara Hinske on two separate podcasts. She described what inspired her to write Guiding Emily and how she visited a training center for the blind as part of her research for the book. I found this fascinating.

That having been said, I’m not seeing “this most unwelcome new normal.” Just about everyone Emily comes in contact with after losing her vision knows how to help a blind person, and that doesn’t always happen in the real world. I should know. I’m visually impaired.
I would have liked to see more of Emily’s struggle to re-learn mundane skills such as cooking and dressing that most of us take for granted being able to do. Having worked with adults who lost their vision, I know how difficult the adjustment can be, but the author makes Emily’s rehabilitation sound like a piece of cake when I’m sure it wouldn’t have been.

I’ve never used a guide dog, but I know plenty of people who have them and have read many true stories about such experiences. Barbara Hinske breezes through Emily’s training with her guide dog, making it sound easier than it would have been.

Despite these shortcomings, I enjoyed Emily and Garth’s story. The chapters from the dog’s point of view add a nice touch. I like the narrators of this Audible version: a male reading chapters from the dog’s point of view and a female reading chapters from other characters’ points of view.

The prologue, in which Garth describes meeting Emily for the first time, is a red herring. I thought Garth was a human and was about to figuratively toss the book aside in disgust with this character who wanted to eat a Cheeto off the floor when I realized Garth was a dog. I love it!

Guiding Emily is the first in a trilogy. Although most loose ends are tied up at the end, one still flops in the breeze. So, I plan to check out the other two books in the series plus some of Barbara Hinske’s other work.

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  • Janice E. Buckingham
  • 17-09-22

Wonderful story

Loved this story! Is this a true story? others need to know about these dogs. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-22

Love,loss and overcoming obstacles

Loved this book!! l loved the dogs perception! she is a great story teller