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Judy, a beautiful liver and white English pointer, and the only animal POW of WWII, truly was a dog in a million. Whether she was dragging men to safety from the wreckage of a torpedoed ship, scavenging food to help feed the starving inmates of a hellish Japanese POW camp, or by her presence alone bringing inspiration and hope to men living through the 20th century's darkest days, she was cherished and adored by the British, Australian, American and other Allied servicemen who fought to survive alongside her.

Viewed largely as human by those who shared her extraordinary life, Judy's uncanny ability to sense danger, matched with her quick-thinking and impossible daring saved countless lives. She was a close companion to men who became like a family to her, sharing in both the tragedies and joys they faced. It was in recognition of the extraordinary friendship and protection she offered amidst the unforgiving and savage environment of a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia that she gained her formal status as a POW.

Judy's unique combination of courage, kindness and fun repaid that honour a thousand times over and her incredible story is one of the most heartwarming and inspiring tales you will ever read.

©2014 Damien Lewis (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The dog of war whose sixth sense saved hundreds of British lives." ( Mail on Sunday)
"One of the most famous animals of the Second World War" ( Daily Express)

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A captivating story

What made the experience of listening to Judy: A Dog in a Million the most enjoyable?

A captivating story, superbly narrated

Who was your favorite character and why?

Judy, of course. She always seemed to master the situation and saved the day so many times.

Have you listened to any of Ben Addis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't. The narration was great, regardless.

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

Definitely.

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A truly entertaining book, worth a listen.

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A Story in a Million

Loved it great story can hardly believe this did what she did wish one of own dogs were as clever

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What a dog!

A heartening story of the most incredible dog which gave a very interesting perspective on the events of the 2nd world war and the horror of the Japanese prisoner of war camps. Nicely narrated too!

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must read

This story is truly amazing and a must read for any animal lover. I have listened to this audiobook 3 times now and I'm still amazed every listen.

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Judy a dog in a million

An excellently written account of a beautiful English Pointer called Judy. Damien Lewis takes the listener into a terrible war, the Japanese were ruthless, it was hard not to hate the Japanese. The lengths the officers and soldiers would go to not to lose face was horrendous. One has to remember this was a time of war, America stopped the Japanese war with nuclear bombs. In this part of the book the listener can only feel sorrow for the innocent Japanese people. I enjoyed the book, it takes your emotions wrings them out, then uplifts the listener. Judy kept the POWs going, her presents uplifted their spirits, gave them hope. Judy’s life ended in Kenya, an old lady, tired and in pain it was right to give her freedom to cross the Rainbow Bridge. She’d achieved more than most dogs in terrible conditions, starving, cruelly beaten by the Japanese, her indomitable spirit would not be broken. I felt sad when Judy died, it was like losing an old friend.

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Superb.

Excellent book, very well written and superb narration too. Couldn't stop listening to it. Great.

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Dog lovers everywhere need to read to this!

What a truly gripping and fantastic story of determination in the face of danger, real spirit shown by all .... and what more can you say about such an amazing dog.