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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Katz Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781470323806
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With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz shares sixteen stories about one of life’s most unique relationships: In the title story, a housekeeper loses her job, but discovers her four-legged “children” have some toe-tapping talents that just may get the whole family back on its feet. In “Puppy Commando,” a shy grade-school outcast forges an instant connection with a beagle puppy she meets at a shelter—and risks everything to keep him. “Gracie’s Last Walk” features a woman who must find a way to say goodbye to her beloved golden retriever—but ends up saying hello to someone unexpected. “The Dog Who Kept Men Away” shows that not all humans pass the “sniff” test when it comes to canines, who possess an excellent judge of character. And in “Guardian Angel,” a widower going through a painful transition finds the greatest comfort in the unlikeliest of sources—a funny-looking pug named Gus.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny, keenly observed short stories illuminating the bond between man and his best friend.”

    People 

  • “For fans of man’s best friend, a collection of insightful, moving and often unforgiving stories about dogs, cats and their people…A tissue-box-worthy collection of animal tales.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • “Katz’s stories, sometimes warm and sometimes funny, are smooth, light reads that are easy to pick up and enjoy and will appeal to dog lovers everywhere.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 2/7/2014

    " A collection of stories about dogs that was overly simplistic, overly repetitive and way way too corny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MJ | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoy Jon Katz' books. This one is a collection of short stories, you'll be familiar with some as they reflect his other works on his dogs. My dad would have approved of this book...it's up to human beings to care and provide for the needs (including work!!!) of their pets. Out pets are NOT human beings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/19/2014

    " I am a big fan of Jon Katz' dog memoirs, and I was curious whether his short stories would read as well. They do; actually in some ways I think that these stories allow Katz to show off his talents as a writer in a way not possible with non-fiction. Here, the narrator is not restricted to Katz himself - in one story the narrator is an old farmer, in another a middle aged woman clerking in a big box store, and in another a dog, home alone and far from bored. The characters in Katz' stories are not only individualized in terms of gender, age, and even species, they are also believable. Katz loves dogs, his characters love dogs, his dogs sometimes loves cats, and his cats even befriend roosters. In Katz' stories, across all variation, a deep love for the animals who share our lives is manifest. And his sympathy for humans, despite many of our obvious limitations, is apparent throughout as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/17/2014

    " Short stories ... some better than others, especially the first story! However, I prefer Katz's non-fiction books about his dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/14/2014

    " I'm not a big fan of short stories, but these were fantastic! However, please be advised that some of them pack a powerful emotional punch. Several stories made me cry (quite hard), most made me think and a few were just great entertainment. One of the more lighthearted stories had a surprise ending that made me laugh out loud at its ingenuity. Highly recommended if you have the fortitude to ponder some difficult topics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/12/2014

    " Really interesting collection of short stories by Jon Katz. Touching, humorous, surprising. Enjoyable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcy Graybill | 1/4/2014

    " I've enjoyed many of Katz's books, but some of these stories seemed repetitive. I also realize they're fiction, but as Tom Clancy once said, "The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." Not all of the stories are realistic, and some are very depressing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 12/28/2013

    " A nice collection of stories about dogs and their people. My favorite was 'Lucky's Day,' which answers the question of every dog person: "what do they do when we leave them at home?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Zavada | 12/28/2013

    " Once again, Jon Katz stirs your heart! The stories in this book are heartfelt happiness, sadness, compassion and so much more. I highly recommend it. You can tell he connects with the animals on his farm in Bedlam! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this collection of short stories. Many of them had me laughing out loud as I could relate my experiences with dogs that have passed through my life. And I shed a few tears, too. I recommend this to anyone who loves dogs as much as I do! I received this as an Advanced Reader's Edition! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 12/22/2013

    " Loved it! These short stories were great. Well written. I will have to read some of this author's other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 12/17/2013

    " 3.5 what's not to like, if you like dogs. Needed to read something life-affirming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 12/8/2013

    " This was an odd assortment of animal stories. Just so-so. Surprising, as Katz is a favorite author of mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/2/2013

    " For dog lovers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christopher | 9/23/2013

    " As much as I enjoyed some of the stories, a few were a little too heart-wrenching than I had expected. Had to stop reading at times, and a few others almost felt like filler. Not bad overall, just not at all what I was expecting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 9/23/2013

    " Enjoyed most stories but the collection became repetitive mid way through all of the stories were engaging and or touching for the most part "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vangie Anderson | 7/10/2013

    " even though DANCING DOGS had a few sad parts in it, it was definitely an awesome read and worth every tear!! I loved it & I would recommed it to anyone who loves dogs!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 6/9/2013

    " This was better than expected. Most did what short stories are supposed to do. Only one of the stories, "Guardian Angel," has one problem. Most had something of merit and a couple, "Gracie's Last Walk" and "Old Dogs," are brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda Freeman | 5/28/2013

    " Uneven. Some stories were great and others left something to be desired. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Hart | 4/13/2013

    " Highly recommend for anyone who loves dogs. A wonderful collection of heartwarming, quickly read dog stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/25/2013

    " A mix of stories about dogs. And one about a cat, to break things up. Many stories told from the POV of the dog. Not your fruffy, fluffy, feel-good animal stories. But, for those of us who love our canine family, it is great to read stories that were written by someone who feels the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonah | 1/18/2013

    " This book was a series of unrelated short stories with dogs in them, usually prominently. Some of them I liked a lot and had twists or just kind of out there ideas; but one I just didn't like, and one had what was meant to be a surprise ending that I guessed too early. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 12/6/2012

    " It had a few good stories. Alot of them weren't very deep - seemed kind of juvenile, like a kids book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 10/9/2012

    " These stories made me cry but also celebrated the self-lessness and love between a dog and its human. "

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About the Author

Jon Katz has written over twenty books, including Talking to Animals, Soul of a Dog, Izzy & Lenore, Dog Days, A Good Dog, and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, Wired, and the AKC Gazette. He has worked for CBS News, the Boston Globe, Washington Post, and Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also a photographer and the author of a children’s book, Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.