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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,937 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Levin Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bring home the New York Times bestselling story of a puppy brought back from the brink of death, and the family he adopted.

In 2002, Larry Levin and his twin sons, Dan and Noah, took their terminally ill cat to the Ardmore Animal Hospital outside Philadelphia to have the beloved pet put to sleep. What would begin as a terrible day suddenly got brighter as the ugliest dog they had ever seen—one who was missing an ear and had half his face covered in scar tissue—ran up to them and captured their hearts. The dog had been used as bait for fighting dogs when he was just a few months old. He had been thrown in a cage and left to die until the police rescued him and the staff at Ardmore Animal Hospital saved his life. The Levins, whose sons are themselves adopted, were unable to resist Oogy’s charms.

Heartwarming and redemptive, Oogy is the story of the people who were determined to rescue this dog against all odds and of the family who took him home, named him “Oogy” (an affectionate derivative of ugly), and made him one of their own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • As remarkable in spirit as he is distinctive in appearance, the extraordinary Oogy receives a hero's biography from adoring Levin.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Oogy's story confirms what Dewey taught me years ago...that even a wounded animal tossed aside is capable of amazing joy if given love and respect by the human chosen to share life with them.”

    Vicki Myron, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the Worl

  • “The inspiring story of how Oogy not only survived grotesque brutality…but kept his gentle, trusting nature.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • Selected for the November 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brandy Tabor | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book! It is a wonderful representation of how forgiving animals can be. It just goes to prove that despite the environment he was born into, there was still a wonderful dog underneath it all. This book shows the extremely close bond that Mr. Levin has with his furry friend. Definitely recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Schrillo | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It is amazing the capacity of dogs to forgive. The only thing I did not appreciate was the authors approach to parents who did not want their children around this powerful dog, even thought his admits he was rough with new people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marsha Nelson | 2/3/2014

    " Oogy is the story of a dog who is rescued from a horrific act. Oogy is saved by many events and people. It is also the story of his "adopted" family who has adopted twins. I enjoyed the book and recommend it as easy reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caren | 1/30/2014

    " This is the first book I've written anything about - I'm very lazy about that. I generally read only fiction and struggle with even the most wonderful non-fiction books but this amazing story captivated me from the first word to the last. The writing is clear and concise, never sappy (difficult with animal stories), and truly uplifting and inspirational. I would not have changed one letter, not one word. I'm grateful that Larry Levin wrote it, and grateful for the story. Blessings on him and his family and this amazing creature, oogy. A gift and a miracle. "

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