Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

Finding Gobi

THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLERLike A Streecat Named Bob before it, Finding Gobi is a truly heart-warming story for animal lovers worldwide…In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name ‘Gobi’, proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went ...

Details Finding Gobi

TitleFinding Gobi
Release DateJun 1st, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Animals, Autobiography, Memoir, Dogs, Biography

Reviews Finding Gobi

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 beautiful, determined stars to Finding Gobi! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 In 2016, Dion Leonard was participating in a race across the Gobi Desert, over 155 miles in fact, when he found a stray dog who kept up with him step for step, over 80 miles. That alone had me in tears just thinking about the determination of the dog to keep up with a human with whom she had quickly bonded. Later, it was Leonard’s determination to reunite with Gobi that mad...
  • Carol
    Gotta Love Gobi! The story begins when Dion Leonard takes a trip to China from Edinburgh to participate in a grueling 150 mile six-day seven-stage race in the excruciating heat of desert and dangerous mountain terrain....."the biggest race of his short running career." That unforgiving land is where Gobi appears out of the blue, looks Dion in the eyes and adopts him as her cool.The first half of the novel is pretty much dedicated to the...
  • Brenda
    Dion Leonard, an Australian living in Edinburgh, Scotland, was in China for the 155-mile race through the Gobi Desert when a small brown ball of fluff with big eyes attached herself to him. As he ran each leg of the race, the dog kept pace with him. At one stage they crossed a water course, and when she called to him from the bank, Dion turned and picked her up, carrying her across. When it was obvious the little dog would remain by his side, he ...
  • Kirsti
    Yep, here's another one! Most people who follow my reviews soon realize I read A LOT of animal memoir books. As soon as one becomes available, I must have it! They almost never fail to disappoint, and this one was no exception.Dion Leonard is an extreme runner, after taking up the sport because his girlfriend/wife became interested in running as a sport and encouraged him to join her. Not one to take things by halves, Dion found himself competing...
  • Julie
    It's 4am and I just finished this book. A beautiful story of doggy devotion and perseverance. Dion's determination to save his little friend and to give her a forever home is inspirational. If you love dogs you absolutely must read this.
  • ||Swaroop||
    "Finding Gobi" is a rollercoaster and thrilling ride. This book is well written and an interesting read. This is another example of how dogged determination and faith will always have a positive result and an outcome. The heartwarming story of Dion Leonard and Gobi. It represents the amazing connection between a human being and a dog and also shows how things can be achieved and accomplished when people work together, with a common goal. It does ...
  • Sean Peters
    What Can I say.... I missed this story and the internet chaos the first time around...But I am so happy with this book I know the story thankfully!This his an incredible heart warming, touching, fantastic story, with warmth, humble that touches your heart, more so if like me you are an animal lover....I understand fully how the love of an animal can touch your heart, so much and would have done exactly the same as Dion....This is not only a story...
  • Lauren Blakely
    Mad huge big extraordinary love for this story! A great book for all ages! A story of hope, love, kindness and generosity!!!! And dogs!!!!!!!!
  • Natalie Ward
    So lucky to be able to read an advance copy of this book. I've followed the story from the very start and it is not just inspirational but heartwarming to know there are people that care this much. Beautiful story.
  • Pat
    This true story was so heartwarming and a perfect antidote to the recent dark and bleak books I had read.Dion Leonard, an Australian living in Edinburgh, had only been distance running for a few years when he went to China to compete in the Gobi ultra marathon - 155 miles over seven gruelling days (it makes me feel ill just thinking about it). In the desert the daytime temperatures got up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit or even higher so its a real tes...
  • MaryG2E
    5★sEx-pat Australian Dion Leonard is an ultra marathon runner, who takes part in 5 day races staged in extreme settings. Like the Sahara, Kalahari and Gobi Deserts. Early in the 2016 event his path crosses that of a cute, skinny little terrier, who then follows him through exceptionally harsh conditions. He names the appealing little stray ‘Gobi’ after the region in which he is competing. By the end of the race, he has decided that he will ...
  • Andrea
    This book gave me a bit more than I expected. I remember when Dion and Gobi were in the news as an unlikely ultra-marathon running duo in the far west of China, but if I thought I knew the story, I was wrong! The book covers the race, a bit of Dion's backstory, and then a lot of the book is spent on what happened in between the finish of the Xinjiang race and Dion's arrival back in the UK with Gobi. Despite knowing there would be a happy ending, ...
  • Taylor B
    Having followed Dion and Gobi's story since it broke last year, when it was announced that there was going to be a book about their journey, I knew I had to read it.I will admit, I am not normally a fan of non-fiction books. However, the story was just so captivating that I had to know more. And boy, did I get it!I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book. The twists, the turns, the sadness, the triumph... All of it utterly engrossed me, f...
  • Anne ✨
    A feel-good true tale about an ultra-marathon runner (think 155 miles across the Gobi Desert) and his experience when a little stray dog starts hanging out with him throughout his desert race, and the two form a special bond. The book covers a wide timeline: from the author's troubled childhood in Australia - to becoming an ultra-marathon runner and living and training in Scotland - to his Gobi Desert race, and the adventures around the little do...
  • Sharon
    I find a book like this tough to rate, because the rating is more reflective of the subject material, which I was drawn to, rather than the actual narrative or writing. Did I love reading about little Gobi and her indomitable warrior spirit? Absolutely. The passages describing her latching on to ultra marathon runner Dion Leonard, ultimately following him 77 of the 155-mile desert run across the Gobi desert, put an ear to ear grin on my face and ...
  • Donna
    What a cute little dog, just look at that face. I love the cover. This was a sweet story about a how a dog wiggled his way into the heart of a passing by runner and then into the hearts of many across the world. I loved that part of this story. It is a feel-good, do-the-right-thing kind of story. The runner, Dion, eventually becomes Gobi's owner, after many hoops to jump through. The one thing that seemed off was that it felt 'overthought' at tim...
  • Jenny
    Finding Gobi is a true story of courage and love between a man and his furry companion. Marathon runner Dion Leonard went to China to compete in the 155-mile race across the Gobi Desert. Dion Leonard started to think about giving up in his quest to run across the Gobi Desert when he came across a little stray dog. The readers of Finding Gobi will continue to follow to see how meeting this little stray dog changed Dion Leonard life. I loved readin...
  • Shayne Bauer
    What an amazing story! I was initially intrigued by the author running a 150 mile race, but add in the detail of this adorable little canine joining him, and I was hooked!The journey (literal and figurative!) that these two took together is simply incredible. I was amazed at all that Dion Leonard had to go through to bring Gobi home. I'm so glad they found each other.This is an inspiring story that is simply written, yet it manages to adequately ...
  • Ann R
    To be trusted so much by a living creature is a powerful thing, especially when you know it could choose to leave at any time. But Gobi never showed any signs of wanting to be anywhere other than right by my side. -Dion LeonardFor dog lovers who are seeking an inspirational, feel-good type of story, well, I think this one qualifies. The story begins in China, during an ultra marathon in the Gobi desert. Not the type of conditions that usually lea...
  • Linda
    Of course this was five stars, especially with a cover like that! This little dog is simply amazing, and the sheer number of people, and strangers at that, who devoted their time to ensuring this little dog's safety was astounding. Go Gobi Go!! :)
  • Astrid Langeveld
    Dion Leonard is een Australiër en hij woont in Edinburgh, Schotland. Dion heeft niet alleen deelgenomen aan, maar ook gefinisht in een paar van de zwaarste ultramarathons ter wereld, waaronder de veeleisende Marokkaanse Sahara, de 250 kilometer door de Zuid-Afrikaanse Kalahariwoestijn (eveneens 2 x). Dions laatste race door de Gobiwoestijn in China pakte heel bijzonder uit: hij raakte verslingerd aan een zwerfhondje (dat later Gobi is gedoopt) d...
  • Stephen
    delightful book about the journey of gobi the dog from finding the author while he was running the gobi desert and her journey to the UK from china
  • Peter Derk
    In this moment, Pete learned the hard lesson about the difference between wanting to pet a dog and wanting to read a really long book about one.
  • H Svinos
    This is an incredible book.  I first heard of Gobi on social media  when Dion set out to bring her home, and followed the story through the devastation of her going missing and the jubilation of her being found.    Devastation and jubilation shared by us all who had been smitten with the story, when Gobi was found I remember the pure joy I felt a feeling that lasted for days and days.  Consequently, it is fantastic to read the behind the soc...
  • Rowan
    Confession: I couldn’t say no to the cute little face staring at me from the front cover. It seems I was drawn to Gobi in much the same way author, Dion Leonard, was drawn to becoming her owner!Dion uses a combination of flashbacks to his childhood and earlier life, while also following his ultra-marathon race in which life changed forever by meeting Gobi. Usually I don’t like such uses of flashbacks, but Dion does this effortlessly in a way ...
  • Alfred Nobile
    This was a delightful read. A book I was so happy to been given this by friend, so thanks to all. my friend, Dion Leonard and most of all Gobi.You don't have to be a runner, an animal lover to enjoy this book.You have to just believe in the wonder of chance, of love and the fact we all have a soul.Dion an Aussie now living in Edinburgh set off to China to run an ultra marathon across the Gobi dessert. On the night before the second stage of this ...
  • Peter Trebilcock
    It's not often I sit down and read a book in one day, but this was easy. It had a little bit of everything, from the drama of running ultra-endurance events in the desert, to an extremely cute dog, to possible dognapping conspiracies and intrigue. It is a very lovely story and really just shows how a small animal can have such a profound effect on someone's life. Gobi is an absolutely awesome little dog and I am glad that everything has worked ou...
  • Rishi Prakash
    I got this book in gift so big thanks to my dear friend for getting me "FIND" Gobi :-)This book is based on the true story of friendship between a man running an ultramarathon and the little "stray" dog who appeared from nowhere and "adopted" him in the beginning of the race and then kept him company mile after mile and day after day in the grueling race across the Gobi desert and then became his life time companion after the race! They stay toge...
  • Helen
    At my monthly book group, we vote in books and read the winner. This month was a tie and I had the deciding vote. I didn't fancy either but as this was shorter by half, I thought it would at least take less time. I then struggled to get into it - I don't read non-fiction.Well, it's blown me away! This tiny, plucky pup has gone through hell to stay with her chosen person, who didn't even realise he was chosen for a while but then steps up in true ...
  • Travel Writing
    "They say it takes a village to raise a child. I think it takes a lost half a planet to rescue a dog." p.212There are several stories in this tale of an ultra-marathon runner who gets chosen by a little desert stray dog during a brutal run through the Gobi desert. The story that lies just underneath the amazing feat of a small dog running 77 plus miles across the desert to stay with the gruff and focused ultra-runner, is the back story gently and...