Nose Down, Eyes Up

Nose Down, Eyes Up

by Merrill Markoe
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Nose Down, Eyes Up by Merrill Markoe

At forty-seven, Gil is the world's oldest twenty-two-year-old man. He lives rent-free as a handyman in the L.A. summer house of a couple of rich retirees who only come out for vacations. Gruff, shrewdly observant, but perplexed and beleaguered by women since his nasty divorce, Gil has been dating Sara, an animal communicator, long enough to converse freely with all four of his dogs (especially Jimmy, the alpha). When Jimmy learns Gil isn't his biological father, he demands to meet his birth mother, a dog owned by Gil's sexy ex-wife, Eden, now remarried to a much wealthier man. Then Gil's employers take their vacation, forcing him to relocate and setting in motion an odyssey that ultimately shines a light on the root of Gil's problems with women and adulthood by forcing him to move in with his mother. Filled with the sharp social and sexual insight-and an uncanny understanding of the thought processes of dogs-that have become Merrill Markoe's trademarks, Nose Down, Eyes Up is a howlingly funny story of love, sex, and the meaning of family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400161478
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 03/02/2009
Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Merrill Markoe has won a number of Emmy Awards for her comedy writing on Late Night with David Letterman, and she is the author of It's My F—ing Birthday and What the Dogs Have Taught Me.

David Drummond has narrated over seventy audiobooks for Tantor, in genres ranging from current political commentary to historical nonfiction, from fantasy to military, and from thrillers to humor. He has garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award nomination. Visit him at drummondvoice.com.

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Nose down, Eyes Up 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Laurann More than 1 year ago
I have started seeking out fiction books about animals, and I had high hopes for this one after reading the cover. But this book was a big disappointment to me. The tone is too casual and (I think) childish. The characters are flat, unbelievable, and boring. The book invoked absolutely no emotion for me. If you want to read a book about thinking or talking dogs, I'd recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein or The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst. Both of these are much more worth your time, in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Merrill Markoe does it again: creating a wonderfully delightful dog story that is nothing less than pure fun. Another thoroughly enjoyable book in a long line of great reads! If you like this one, definitely check out Walking In Circles Before Lying Down.
DogloverOH More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of hers I have read and while I enjoyed Walking in Circles Before Lying down much more than this book, I still enjoy the author's writing style. She gets to the point and develops her characters very well. Where the story may get a little lost in places, her characters make the books worth reading.
Hates-TV More than 1 year ago
Fast read and funny at times.
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A little crass, although there were a few parts where I laughed aloud. Still looking forward to sampling other works by this author...
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daisysmamu More than 1 year ago
I kinda liked this book. I have 3 4-legged kids, so I could identify. The main character is a total jerk, and the best parts of the book are when he's interacting with the dogs.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Forty something Gil works as a handyman at an elderly couples' vacation home where he also resides for free. His girlfriend Sara works as an animal communication expert, which has enabled Gil to understand what his four dogs want. He is taken aback when he realizes the top canine in his pack Jimmy the alpha is providing lessons and lectures to the neighborhood dogs on a variety of surviving with human topics. Jimmy teaches the other dogs how to properly beg especially for treats and the merits of indoor vs. outside peeing in nasty weather. When Gil meets up with his former wife, she offers him work remodeling her guesthouse. He accepts, but Jimmy persuades him to take him with him. As he ignores Jimmy for time with his remarried former wife, Gil makes it clear to his four legged BFF that he is not his companion's biological father. Upset to know he is adopted Jimmy seeks out his biological parents especially his mother; not realizing how nearby she is. This is a terrific pooch lit parable that focuses on what makes a family without being overly too cute. Jimmy and Gil are a wonderful pairing as Jimmy assumes the man who raised him is his daddy until he learns the shattering truth. His observations on family, love, and loyalty will obviously provide dog lovers with a charmer, but other readers will appreciate the wisdom of Jimmy's teachings starting with the title. Harriet Klausner
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