Finding Gobi - Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi

By Dion Leonard

  • Release Date: 2017-06-13
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Book: Finding Gobi
Finding Gobi book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 104 Ratings)

Finding Gobi Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Finding Gobi is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

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“Leonard and Gobi’s story represents the power of people working together and the profound depth of feeling possible between a man and his dog.”--Publishers Weekly

A man, a dog, and the lengths to which love will go to sacrifice for its companion.

Finding Gobi is the miraculous tale of Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner who crosses paths with a stray dog while competing in a 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert in China. The lovable pup, who would later earn the name Gobi, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the Tian Shan Mountains, across massive sand dunes, through yurt villages and the black sands of the Gobi Desert, keeping pace with him for 77 miles.

As Dion witnessed the incredible determination and heart of this small animal, he found his own heart undergoing a change as well.  Whereas in the past these races were all about winning and being the best, his goal now was to make sure he and Gobi’s friendship continued well after the finish line.  He found himself letting Gobi sleep in his tent at night, giving her food and water out of his own limited supply, and carrying her across numerous rivers, even when he knew it would mean putting him behind in the race, or worse, prevent him from finishing at all. 

Although Dion did not cross the finish line first, he felt he had won something even greater – a new outlook on life and a new friend that he planned on bringing home as soon as arrangements were made.  However, before he could take her home, Gobi went missing in the sprawling Chinese city where she was being kept. Dion, with the help of strangers and a viral outpouring of assistance on the internet, set out to track her down, and reunite forever with the amazing animal that changed his life and proved to him and the world that miracles are possible. 

User reviews about the book

  • Finding Gobi

    5
    By BookWorm1220
    I usually look for harder and more advanced books but this story is so heartwarming!
  • King of dog books!

    5
    By WeeBeastieGamer
    Animal stories don’t get much better than this!!! Dion may not be an experienced writer, but he made this an amazing read!!
  • Heartwarming

    5
    By JandA07
    I couldn't think of something more clever to say than heartwarming, but this book made me feel good. You don't have to be on the edge of your seat to be completely engaged in this story. I loved reading something happy.
  • Great Read!

    5
    By Still laughin'
    This book is so motivational and inspiring. A lot of good people in the world. Great book!
  • Gobi

    5
    By rmkreader
    Heartwarming story of the changes a small dog can make in a persons life.
  • Unconditional Love

    5
    By JerryB43
    What a wonderful story of how one’s life can change unexpectedly. The bond created between you and Gobi reaffirms the belief that animals play such an important part in our lives without a spoken word. Great story!
  • Story of Gobi a must read!

    5
    By mgklem
    Wonderful, heartwarming story of one man’s journey of love and healing! His own salvation woven into saving this little dog. A must read!
  • Wonderful story!

    5
    By Rozebramay
    As an animal lover, it’s difficult for me to read any book about the drama that plays out on the pages of such book, and then think critically to review it. And I do read lots of them! But I am happy to say that this book covers many journeys at once: addressing the world of ultra marathons, the political and cultural tensions inside China, the international human dynamics made possible by the internet, the precious nature of human beings sharing their culture with an outsider, and the intricacies of the human/animal bond. Love, generosity, longing, learning, the deepening of self-knowledge and understanding are tempered with the experience of fear, suspicions, cultural taboos and tensions, communications gaps, heartache, pain and loss. It is true to life, and to the great adventure that life can be!
  • Humanity still exists

    5
    By USStrongman
    Being the lucky owner of three rescues, this pulled me in from the moment I read the description on Amazon. As my dogs do for our family so to do I hope they will for their family. Gobi is amazing.
  • Good read

    4
    By Adventures_With_Austin
    I was captured by this book with the adventure in the Gobi Desert. However I had a hard time finishing the book as it seemed to become a little dull nearing the end. Overall it was a good book and I recommend it to anyone.

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