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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: October 2010 ISBN: 9781607886624
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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

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/24/2014

    " Not the best written book, but the story was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 1/4/2014

    " Loved, loved, loved this book!! Easy read but great story!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna | 1/2/2014

    " Heartwarming story, but definitely not written very well. I was curious about the topic - incorporating abused animals into a new, safe home - so I ignored the incessant details, but the story itself was one I'll always remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel Doud | 12/30/2013

    " I knew it would be hard to read in places but the story is actually quite sweet. Not magnificient writing but heartfelt, honest and real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathi | 12/25/2013

    " It was okay. The dramatic/traumatic part of the story happens before it begins and the author really can't say what actually occurred. THAT would have been writing about. Oogie's life with the author's family is just normal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea Jones | 12/17/2013

    " Oh what a good book I recommend this to all the animal lovers out there...I have to say this is the first book I read about a dog and it won't be my last. As a big animal lover myself I never had a dog The cover is what made me pick it up the picture of Oogy on the cover what a loving face. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sierra Faullin | 12/1/2013

    " Heartwarming!!! Also quite the tear-jerker (if you're a dog lover like me)! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/23/2013

    " In love with this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Petermeier | 9/28/2013

    " A champion of a dog, and such a loving family!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mj | 6/23/2013

    " What an amazing story of a great dog and his family - the ability of man to do evil acts and to do loving acts are both incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriella Gabriel | 3/20/2013

    " Great heartwarming book! Very quick read, but it stays with you! Anyone who loves dogs will love this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurene | 3/4/2013

    " this dog is a amazing suvivor of a bait dog!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/30/2013

    " This is a story of a family who adopted a dog who had been used for bait in a fighting ring. The dog was a Dogo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 1/28/2013

    " This is a lovely story about a horribly savaged puppy. However, I listened to it on CD in my car. I would not have been able to read this book as his writing style is not my favorite. The story is wonderful!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christinegrabowski | 11/30/2012

    " I thought I would just love this book although I knew it would be a tear jerker. It was very easy to read, but I felt poorly written. But very glad there are people like this author who have saved dogs like Oogy and given them a great life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janis | 11/9/2012

    " Heartwaring story. Revives faith in humaity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrice | 8/16/2012

    " Great story! What a dog, what a comeback. Gotta love Oogy! I do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/4/2012

    " Quick read. First chapter didn't do it for me. Chapter 7 was my favorite. This is really a book not only about the dog, but also the author's two sons. Very positive family and one happy ending for a very special dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spruce_moose | 12/30/2011

    " finished this book in one afternoon. as i myself have a rescue dog this book spoke volumes to me. if you like dogs even just a little this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phillip Welshans | 10/9/2011

    " A light and endearing read about a dog that really overcame incredible odds to live with a loving family. A very fast but uplifting read for any dog lover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jami | 9/3/2011

    " What a hearwarming story this was! I am so happy he had a happy ending story! It was nice to read a dog book where the dog is still alive at the end :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 5/23/2011

    " Great life lessons about taking the tuff stuff of life and keeping a sweet disposition inspite of it all. Not particularly well written, but worth finishing because the best of the book is towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 5/19/2011

    " Overall this was a really good book about a very well-loved dog. It is amazing to hear what Oogy went through and what he is today. It really warms my heart and makes me love my dog even more. I would reccomend this to animal and dog lovers, and people who are into rescuing/rescued animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laureen | 5/9/2011

    " oh man... books DO NOT tear my up. but this one is seriously heart wrenching. i want an oogy... really bad! esther would totally appreciate this book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie | 5/6/2011

    " Oogy was a bait dog, found in a raid and saved by a vet. He was adopted by the author and his family. Rescue dog story. Nice but dull. Maybe work better as a magazine article? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/6/2011

    " This is a good story, though the writing is only so-so. You have to take into consideration that the author is not a professional writer. This dog inspired him to write the book. With that in mind, if you are not a dog/animal lover, then this might not be up your alley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/5/2011

    " Loved this book, love Oogy! A wonderful true story about a dog treated with utter hate in the first most important months of life only to be saved and treated like a king now for the rest of his life. I'd love to met him in person or a real Dogo to see how big they really are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Notty | 5/3/2011

    " Surprisingly I enjoyed this book. Unbelievable that people actually do exist that use 'bait dogs'. The rest of the book was awesome!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 4/27/2011

    " I love to read about dogs and love between them and people. This was one of those. It was written a little simple maybe for younger readers, but I did enjoy it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy A. | 4/26/2011

    " I think this was a nice story. Good message. Mediocre writing. This is his first book and it reads like it. But I loved the bond between the dog and his family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 4/25/2011

    " What can I say? GO OOGY! Oogy, Oogy, Oogy!

    Any dog lover can appreciate this great book about an inspiring dog and his loving, self-sacrificing family. A quick read but it stays with you...

    P.S. Go Oogy, go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 4/22/2011

    " This is a story of a family who adopted a dog who had been used for bait in a fighting ring. The dog was a Dogo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibliolicious | 4/21/2011

    " Sweet story, read mostly outloud to Tim and Cadence on our journey to the Olympic Penninsula for some hiking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 caroline | 4/21/2011

    " Such a cute and inspiring story. One I would especially recommend to families who have adopted children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 4/18/2011

    " Sweet story...but really not that much story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 4/18/2011

    " This is a very good dog lover’s book. It's wonderful to read about the loving rescue (adoption) of an extraordinary dog, and it was nicely interwoven with the adoption of boys. It got a little uncomfortable for me when I realized the extent to which the dog was running the household. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 4/17/2011

    " The author talks about other people projecting themselves onto this dog. He should look at himself as well. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Levin

Larry Levin has been a lawyer for over thirty years and is now in private practice. He lives with his family in a suburb of Philadelphia and has been married to his attorney wife, Jennifer, for more than twenty-five years. They have two sons, Noah and Dan, and of course, Oogy the dog.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.