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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,093 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 2008 ISBN: 9781436185103
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In his previous books, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz introduced us to the delightful menagerie at Bedlam Farm, including Izzy, the unforgettable border collie rescue. Now, in Izzy & Lenore, Katz delves deeper into his connection with the beautiful, once-abandoned dog, learning yet again about the unexpected places animals can take us. Affectionate and intuitive, Izzy is unlike any dog Katz has encountered, and the two undertake a journey Katz could not have imagined without the arrival of a new companion: a spirited, bright-eyed black Labrador puppy named Lenore.

As trained hospice volunteers visiting homes and nursing facilities in upstate New York, Katz and Izzy bring comfort and canine companionship to people who most need it. An eighty-year-old Alzheimer’s patient smiles for the first time in months when she feels Izzy’s soft fur. A retired logger joyfully remembers his own beloved dog when he sees Izzy. As Izzy bonds with patients and Katz focuses on their families, the author begins to come to terms with his own life, discovering dark realities he has never confronted. Meanwhile, Lenore—quickly dubbed the Hound of Love—arrives at Bedlam. Her genial personality and boundless capacity for affection steer Katz out of the shadows, rekindle his love of working with dogs, and restore his connection to the farm and the animals and people around him.

Humorous and deeply moving, Izzy & Lenore is a story of a man confronting his past, embracing the blessings of his current life, and rediscovering the meaning of friendship, family, and faith. Katz shares an uplifting tale of love, compassion, and the rich and complex relationships between dogs and their humans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With wisdom and grace, [Katz] unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”

    John Grogan, author of Marley & Me

  • “Katz’s world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”

    Boston Globe

  • “What could be better than man’s best friend? Two of them, of course.”

    New York Post

  • “One of our most talented and perceptive canine chroniclers.”

    AKC Gazette

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Frances | 2/12/2014

    " Non of Katz's books have ever risen to the level of his wonderful A Dog Year, but I always enjoy reading them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geo Forman | 2/2/2014

    " what can be said about a hearwarming book about dogs? Good dog "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Meissner | 2/1/2014

    " Jon Katz has two therapy dogs in this book. The stories were very moving. "

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

    " Another absolute must for the dog lover that you love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hassinger | 1/25/2014

    " Izzy and Lenore is a schizophrenic work, alternating between touching and strangely egotistical. The stories within the pages of this book are heart-wrenching and inspirational, but they are not well-written. There is no apparent structure or organization; the chapters are haphazard constructions with little flow between or within them, leaving the message of the work muddled. The writing is riddled with broad, sweeping conclusions that often feel out of place. In fact, the majority of Katz's writing feels oddly conclusory, even throughout the book's introduction and the beginning of each new story. It seems that, at least in this particular case, Katz was simply trying too hard to be a deep, philosophical writer. In the attempt, he instead came out sounding amateurish and a bit arrogant. This issue is exacerbated by the fact that Katz often interrupts his stories to go on lengthy tangents with the purpose of describing his depression and suffering or of repeatedly detailing the specific ways in which he feels his personal life has been changed by various experiences. These trains of thought do not mesh well with the surrounding tales of hospice work and the power of animals to soothe and heal. The switch from "this is a story about dogs and people and the amazing interactions between them" to "this is a story about me and my problems and epiphanies" will give the attentive reader whiplash. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reggi | 1/23/2014

    " Another dog book. Compelling so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hulananni | 1/17/2014

    " Marvelous, inspiring book. Thanks, Denise, for telling me about it. I read it in one sitting and recommend it to anyone who has ever loved....animal, human, nature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/13/2014

    " It's a quickie read...makes me want a dog:) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry | 12/7/2013

    " I listened to this one on CD. Izzy the border collie and Lenore the Lab are two of the world's great dogs. Everyone should have a dog that's a good a companion as either of these special buddies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Egbert | 12/2/2013

    " Good doggie book with lots of social workie themes too. And non fiction. I plan on reading more of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlys | 10/21/2013

    " This book made me laugh...& cry! Mostly about Izzy (although that's Lenore on the front cover), it describes his work as a hospice therapy dog, and about how he & Lenore helped the author (Jon Katz) through a dark period in his life. Very good, quick read -- dog lovers, unite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody Shepson | 9/17/2013

    " Another great book by one of my favorite authors. This one is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/21/2013

    " I read this on my friend Patti's recommendation and am so glad I did. It's amazing how much of a difference animals can make in the lives of humans. This is such a touching story. Dawn, Sandrine, Cherie, Tammy and Mark, I think you'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/19/2013

    " Very nice book about therapy dogs. No, none of the animals die in the book, which is good. Gives insight on how perceptive animals are to the needs of humans, especially the sick and elderly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 1/11/2013

    " Katz's personal struggle with depression is chronicled in this story. His two dogs, Izzy and Lenore, help him through as they visit hospice patients. An interesting story written by a very, very good writer. I wouldn't have picked this up without a recommendation, but I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Enquist | 9/6/2012

    " probably one of my fvorite john katz books although rose in a storm is still my favorite. I was inspired to start training for therapy dog work! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 7/3/2012

    " A great book about the amazing capacity dogs have to touch people and actually help heal them. It also reveals the depth of talents some Border Collies have, not just intelligence but also an intuitive sense of what is needed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/2/2012

    " I love reading Jon Katz's books on dogs - he's incredibly connected to them, yet clear-sighted about them. I don't think this is his best book (it jumped around a little bit too much for my taste)but still worth the read to see how his and his dogs' stories are evolving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greer Thomas | 11/13/2011

    " As usual, I really enjoyed Jon Katz's look at his life...physical and emotional. There's just something about his writing that sucks me in and holds on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Lindbergh | 10/30/2011

    " A wonderful true story by a dog lover for dog lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellenh | 8/10/2011

    " Jon Katz' story of his rescued dogs, Bedlam farm, & his struggle with depression was heartwarming. checked out his website and loved the photography too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jody | 3/26/2011

    " I enjoyed the way the author related to his animals and loved hearing his stories about them. Animals have such unique personalities and he brought that out in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaDawn | 2/28/2011

    " Animals never fail to amaze me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/8/2011

    " One wishes we were more like dogs, who have such pure souls. I thought Jon Katz was a bit repetitive in this book, but I read it straight through nonetheless, and now I'm steeling myself to read the Katz book where the dog dies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 10/27/2010

    " I thought that some parts were not explained as much as the author should have. I liked how he captured his dog's emotions and what they did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lugene | 10/8/2010

    " This is an inspirational and uplifting book about the power and insight of our furry friends. Made me feel good and appreciate those who take on important and necessary volunteer work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayelet | 9/13/2010

    " No dogs die in this book... but bascially everyone else does. They become hospice volunteers so you end up crying anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/6/2010

    " ok this one is a tear jerker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/2/2010

    " I am a dog lover and that is why I picked up this book. It is heart warming and will bring tears to your eyes. It reminds me that dogs have a special relationship with people that we cannot explain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grandma | 7/12/2010

    " Wonderful dogs who make our lives better. "

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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.