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Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World | [Vicki Myron, Bret Witter]

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer....
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Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer with his enthusiasm, warmth, humility (for a cat), and, above all, his sixth sense about who needed him most.

©2008 Vicki Myron (P)2010 Hachette Audio

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    Nancy 02-01-12
    Nancy 02-01-12
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    Where does Dewey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dewey?

    The death scene when Dewey's eyes faded


    Which character – as performed by Susan McInerny – was your favorite?

    Dewey


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

    I liked the Dewey shoulder carry and also the extreme loss experienced when he died


    Any additional comments?

    I lost a red long haired cat many years ago, like Dewey he waited for me before he died, his name was Red and he was only 5 pounds full grown and his place was on my left shoulder to avoid our-racing adopted ex greyhounds who viewed him as prey. One day I came home from work and found Red frozen on the floor mat in front of the kitchen sink. His rear end was balded. Our black greyhound, Charlie, had pulled all of Red's hair from his rear and Red never moved. After that we kept Charlie away from Red. Red purred loudly continually and slept on top of me every night. Even though it has been years since death I still can imagine him purring in my ear and the little warm lump sleeping on my waist at night. I loved that cat. The death scene with Dewey was so real to me. I cried for about an hour. No book has ever had that effect on my emotions. This is the best book ever. An addendum to Dewey is the life of the librarian who loved him. The town of Spencer is portrayed from the eyes of long time residents so I came away from the book with the feel of how it must have felt to have lived there for thirty years. BEST READ EVER

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 12-03-11
    Thomas 12-03-11 Member Since 2007

    IT Consultant and PLC/Automation Software Developer.

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    Besides our beloved Orange Mackerel Tabby domesticated house cat that could easily pass as a direct descendant of the "Dew", The Dew has become our most loved pet that was never known. Definitely a "tail" for any cat-lover. Vicki quite quickly and with enough detail to make you think you were living in the moment with her sets up the scenes and provides effective background, surrounding and necessary details without overly decorative language or minutiae while keeping pace of the story well maintained with the reader wanting more and more. Being as much about Dew as possible, Vicki could not help but to spill her life into the leaves of the story; however, it was more that Dew taught her about living and being satisfied in self than not and trying to attain status inconsequential to need. Easily one of my favorite non-fiction reads as the personal stories, the socio-political settings and happenings, and the triumphs, tribulations, and losses all resound in the soul with the yearning to just do the right thing, to take care of this world if even all that amounts to is taking care of one frozen kitten.

    Susan McInerny will be on my watch list of narrators as she brought this story to life in a way that I have not had the previous pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Halifax, MA, United States 02-23-11
    Sally Halifax, MA, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Delightful,Loved every minute .Wonderful narration"

    Just didn't want this title to end. I was so delighted to hear about Vicki Myron's new book " Dewey's Nine Lives" . Loved the story interweaved between Dewey and life in Iowa.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 07-20-13
    Reader 07-20-13

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    "I'm not even a cat person!"

    I LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried, and I liked a CAT. I'm not a cat person, but Dewey is more than a cat . . . he's a person in cat fur. The story is about an entire town and I fell in love with not only the town, but its inhabitants. A beautiful, simple story of how an animal can galvanize people and make a difference in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudine ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 04-23-13
    Claudine ESCONDIDO, CA, United States 04-23-13
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    "Dewey will forever live in your heart!"

    The story of Dewey's life will captivate you and warm your heart. It is amazing how this little fluffy orange kitten changed people's lives and a town's heart. The story lavishes the reader with irresistible tales of Dewey's antics and brings you from laughter to tears. The author also takes time to give you some background information about the town, it's history and it's destination. The only fault i give to this book is the somewhat indulgent time spent in the local and familial histories. Some of the information is important to understand the role Dewey played - but the rest of it could have been left out without damaging the story. More Dewey stories could have taken up that time. But all in all I really enjoyed my time with Dewey and his family. He will always live in my heart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shontel DENHAM SPRINGS, LA, United States 03-04-13
    Shontel DENHAM SPRINGS, LA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Dewey in three words, what would they be?

    Very Cute Story. A little too detailed but over all good plot.


    What other book might you compare Dewey to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Susan McInerny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, First one


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Too many minute details. A little dragging.

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    Christy 05-22-12
    Christy 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Any animal lover will enjoy this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a sweet, heartwarming story. I'm not a cat lover, but I did enjoy this book.


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    Christina Harkins 03-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Sweet Story"
    If you could sum up Dewey in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, Loving, petlover


    What other book might you compare Dewey to and why?

    art of racing in the rain


    What does Susan McInerny bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    she has a comforting voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed andI cried. I am a pet owner. I had animals that are special needs and have had to put animals down. But every moment I had with them was worth it.


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