• Oogy

  • The Dog Only a Family Could Love
  • By: Larry Levin
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)

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Oogy

By: Larry Levin
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of Rescuing Sprite comes the 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, and decided to take him home.

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.

©2010 Larry Levin (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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Oogy: The dog everyone will love

This is a sweet story full of antropomorphisms but if you're a dog lover you probably won't care about that, I didn't! I listened to this book in two sessions. I like Joe Barrett's voice it is kind and gentle and I felt fitted the story well.

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Lovely story

I love dog books. This book was written by a friend of mine (full disclosure) and I was eager to download it. The story is wonderful--Oogy is a remarkable dog, and the family that adopts him is special as well. The author tells the whole story very well, but the narrator bothered me the whole book long. His voice was just wrong for me. That may not be so for others, so please don't let that stop you from listening to a heart-warming dog tale.

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Loved, loved the book!

Would you listen to Oogy again? Why?

I'm a Pit Bull lover, actually I love all dogs. OOGY was the underdog and needed someone to try to understand him and his actions. He got just that from Larry, even if it did take him a bit to figure it out. Enjoyed the way Larry wrote the story out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oogy?

When he was able to break through his torment and Larry understood.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

OOGY

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When things fell into place for OOGY and his partner.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend to dog lovers of any type.

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Not Enough Oogy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

There are many sweet moments in the daily life of Oogy's family, but not enough story about Oogy and his impact on the family or his community. I wanted to know Oogy, not about the philosophy, preparation, and cooking of bacon in Oogy's home.

Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Levin again?

Not sure...I would be hesitant.

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Amazing

Oogy is an inspirational story. My whole life I have wanted to save a dog’s life as Larry Levin has. This story makes me appreciate the people who are willing to put their own lives to the side to help another life. I just wish everyone was like this, willing to help,save, and give. If you listen to this book your heart will melt. Oogy and Larry are both soooo inspiring and kind that you will want to do what they did, love and rescue. No matter what breed, or what everyone says about a certain type of dog, all of them need a second chance. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone you know. It has changed the way I look at dogs. People hurt and kill them just to make money. I am so sad that it is over. I want a part 2!🐶 Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely, for that one dog the world will change forever.

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Amazing story of a rescue dog.

An absolute wonderful story. Thank you to the great people who rescued Oogy. He is definitely a special dog. If you love dogs you’ll love this book.

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Heartwarming story

A story of triumph from tragedy. I felt I connected to the writer as well as Oogy. Any dog lover will appreciate this story.

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A beautiful love story

So heartwarming! I wish I could have met Oogy. This is how owning a dog should be.

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beautiful book

I loved the book!! What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing! I strongly recommend this book to any animal lover. The narrator is fantastic!

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This is a fantastic book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't put it down. I absolutely fell in love with Oogy! Listening to it is THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's my "go to" Christmas gift this year!!!!!!!!!