• by Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
  • Narrated by Susan McInerny
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Heart touching story

Where does Dewey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


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?


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

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- Nancy


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.
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- Darkon IV

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-07-2010
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio