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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (812 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: June 2007 ISBN: 9781436126090
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The host of National Public Radio's Dog Talk gives us a dog's-eye view of life at Bedlam Farm in upstate New York. From a country-western loving donkey and a tame steer, to sheep and a herd of quirky dogs, these tales will delight even those with on Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anyone who has ever loved an animal, who owns a farm or even dreams of it, will read Dog Days with appreciation and a cathartic lump in his or her throat.”

    Washington Post

  • “A sweet, funny memoir about the chaos on his animal-friendly farm in upstate New York.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Anyone who loves animals or country life, but maybe can’t have a pet or actually live in the country, will find Katz a perfect armchair companion.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Dog Days invites listeners to put aside urban cacophony for hard-won rural harmony. One can’t imagine a better narrator for the stories of life on Katz’s farm in upstate New York than Stechschulte. His down-home gravelly voice enfolds listeners in a genial embrace.”

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  • “Katz…honestly and humbly confesses what he has learned from these animals and the local people who have become a part of his life and have shaped his emerging self. A vivid…beautiful tale, poetically told.”

    Library Journal

  • “An appealing text showing off an author who’s found his perfect genre. Readers can only how these appealing and thoughtful dispatches will continue.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani Moore | 2/11/2014

    " Lovely book about farm & Dogs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/8/2014

    " I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The dogs were awesome, and the pictures were great, but this guy is no James Herriott. His writing was repetitive and just not all that interesting in a lot of places. I want to read about your kick-ass dogs, not the Grunt-and-Grumble-whatever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Balog | 2/1/2014

    " If you love animals, dogs especially, you'll find this book a JOY to read. Have some tissues on hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teeni | 1/30/2014

    " I've read 2 of Katz's other book, and it has been good reading about his growth as a human because of his animals. This book focuses less on the dogs, and more on his animals in general. The theme of the book is "do right by the animal." I read this book at a great time, after giving away my "lifetime" horse because I wasn't doing right by her. This book emphasized that my wants, wishes and dreams are not more important than those of the animal. This is a great book for animal lovers . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/14/2014

    " Jon Katz has written several books about his dogs and their lives together. All are highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cassie | 1/12/2014

    " great for animal lovers & if you dream of quitting your corporate job & moving to the country, like me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanna | 1/12/2014

    " A nice happy read about a man trying to do right by his dogs, and admitting he's not perfect. Humorous anectedotes about sheep, cows, dogs and people. I read this book when I want to feel better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 1/9/2014

    " So far this book has made me realize that deep down I'd rather be outside all day working with the animals than sitting at a desk... even if I only live vicariously through this writer. Great book for those who wish the same... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/4/2014

    " Yes, I bought two books and am reading the second. It grows on you but I may not read more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 12/27/2013

    " Not laugh-out-loud funny like Katz' A Dog Year, but still an amusing, insightful picture of life on Bedlam farm and what it's like to live with various dogs, roosters, cats, cows, sheep, etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adair | 12/8/2013

    " Fun book for animal lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 12/7/2013

    " Great story about modern and somewhat yuppified farming in eastern US. I learned a lot about dog herding behavior, donkeys, cows and sheep. I love border collies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Carter mattick | 11/27/2013

    " I am an animal lover and really enjoyed the author's journey through day to day life on his farm in upstate New York! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 11/27/2013

    " The jacket of this book calls Katz a modern day James Herriot. I wouldn't say that. Doesn't quite have Herriot's gift of storytelling. It was a nice book altogether but he went on (and on) about his 4 dogs a bit much for me. I guess I should have known that from the title of the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 11/24/2013

    " the new James Herriot. I laughed; I cried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 9/16/2013

    " I've read all of Jon Katz's book about his crazy Bedlam Farm. If you like dogs, sheep, farm animals in general this is a choice book to fall into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skigirl | 1/29/2013

    " A sweet memoir of dogs and days on a working farm by Jon Katz. A must for dog lovers and anyone needing a good, quiet read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 12/9/2012

    " I really likeds jon katz righting and this book gave a quite a few smiles "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Luckenbihl | 9/25/2012

    " it's never too late in life to learn new tricks "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Evers | 8/17/2012

    " I want to move to a farm. I do not think that would have been true before reading this book, but this story of a New York city man who moved to a farm convinced me that life on a farm in New England would be just grand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/4/2012

    " Very sweet and an honest look at time on his farm, his relationships, and himself. I very much enjoyed his relationships with his animals and how he grew because of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 3/25/2012

    " I've been a fan of Katz's for years -- for his columns on Slate -- so I'm not sure why it took me so long to buy one of his books. I enjoyed this mellow visit to Bedlam Farm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 11/18/2011

    " Cute narrative by the guy who writes about his dogs and various animals. Non-fiction, if you have harbored a hidden desire to run off and live on a farm this may be the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/9/2011

    " Not as much fun as "The Dogs of Bedlam Farm." Too often circular and repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 8/26/2011

    " A nice read. But have to admit that I didn't like this one as much as A Good Dog. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/26/2011

    " This was a simple read about a man who farms not because he has to, but because he wants to. I always thought I'd like to do that, but maybe reading about it is enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 4/18/2011

    " Love Jon Katz's writing. this was a nice book to read on a rainy, gloomy day and no animals die during the writing of this book!! (Although he does give a dog away sort of) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amara | 4/5/2011

    " entertaining, kind of Garrison Keillor-esh without as much sentimentality and dogs and donkeys instead of people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 7/31/2010

    " Lovely book about farm & Dogs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 7/26/2010

    " Interesting, enjoyable. Made me want to check out some of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 6/13/2010

    " Entertaining collection of stories of life on a farm with a mix mix of animals and characters. There are sad moments but no crying :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunny | 6/10/2010

    " Good book overall. It was intersting but nothing too exciting. The author seems to repeat himself sometimes. It was a good lazy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/1/2010

    " I ran across this book while looking at gardening books, and took it home because of the picture on the cover. I liked this book for a relaxing easy read - really just stories from the farm...about the animals and the neighbors and of course the dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 5/27/2010

    " A story about a life, actually the last in a series about a man who moves from NYC to a farm in Vermont. He shares his experiences about iving on a farm and how he copes with his assortment of animals. I enjoyed reading a book written by an animal lover and a kind person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/10/2010

    " This book seems to be more of the same from Jon about the farm; not so much new in this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Moira | 3/26/2010

    " If you like animals, you'll like this account of the various residents of Katz's farm and their individual personalities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanna | 2/19/2010

    " A nice happy read about a man trying to do right by his dogs, and admitting he's not perfect. Humorous anectedotes about sheep, cows, dogs and people. I read this book when I want to feel better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/23/2010

    " Not laugh-out-loud funny like Katz' A Dog Year, but still an amusing, insightful picture of life on Bedlam farm and what it's like to live with various dogs, roosters, cats, cows, sheep, etc. "

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About the Author

Jon Katz is a journalist and author who has written works in a variety of genres, including numerous nonfiction books on dogs. His book Dog Days was a New York Times bestseller, and his book A Dog Year was made into a movie starring Jeff Bridges. Along with his nonfiction work, he has also written the Kit DeLeeuw mystery series and is a frequent contributor to the online magazine HotWired. Before writing books, he worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. His articles have also appeared in publications such as Wired, GQ, and the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen 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.