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Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion Audiobook, by Jon Katz Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Jon Katz Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781490628172
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When Jon Katz got a call from an animal control officer about Simon, a neglected donkey who had been found on a failing farm in upstate New York, he wasn't expecting to add another animal to his already full life. But when he made the trek out to meet him, he couldn't help falling in love with the skinny, mangy donkey who had already suffered so much, and he ended up taking him into his home. It was Simon who listened in the fields as Jon read to him and discussed philosophy. And it was Simon who forced Jon to confront the most difficult parts of life. And ultimately, it was Simon who brought Jon to a new understanding about mercy and compassion. In this heartwarming and heartrending memoir, Jon Katz plumbs the depths of the human-animal bond with his trademark grace, strength and skill. Jon Katz has written twenty-six books, including works of nonfiction, novels, short stories, and books for children. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Rolling Stone, and the AKC Gazette, and has worked for CBS News, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer; he is also a photographer. He lives on Bedlam Farm, in upstate New York, with his wife, the artist Maria Wulf, and their dogs, donkeys, barn cats, sheep, and chickens. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Heartwarming…a touching tale.”

    USA Today

  • “The message of this true story will linger with the reader long after the book has been placed on the shelf.”


  • “Highly recommended…an enjoyable and thoughtful work.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[An] uplifting and insightful memoir…Katz’s account of this emotionally wrought journey is rooted in self-awareness; by caring for Simon, Katz comes to terms with other relationships in his life including a falling out with his now deceased mother. Katz’s fans and animal lovers of all kinds will no doubt be delighted by Simon’s heartwarming story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Full of reflections on the interactions, both physical and emotional, between animals and humans, Katz’s story revolves around Simon and includes the moments when old dogs die, the arrival of a new border collie, and the slow integration of a blind pony into life at Bedlam Farm. More introspective than previous stories, perhaps reflecting his desire for a slower pace in life, this book handles the emotional highs and lows of living with animals with empathy and thoughtfulness, forcing readers to re-examine their own meanings of compassion and mercy. A heartwarming tale of rescue and redemption.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tom Stechshulte narrates in such a natural and expressive style that listening to this memoir is like taking a walk with Simon himself. Verdict: This sweet memoir will be of interest to animal lovers, fans of the author, and those interested in small-scale agriculture.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Narrator Tom Stechschulte’s folksy style captures the affection Katz has for Simon’s trusting nature and gentleness. Listeners hear these traits echoed in the friendship between a border collie and a blind pony, a story as fascinating as Simon’s. Stechschulte’s narration brings listeners into the world of Katz’s upstate New York farm.”


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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 many 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. He was featured on one of the most famous episodes of The Incredible Hulk ever, September 1979’s “Blind Rage.”