• Izzy and Lenore

  • By: Jon Katz
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (519 ratings)

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Izzy and Lenore

By: Jon Katz
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
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Publisher's Summary

Jon Katz is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous nonfiction tales of man's best friend. Here he presents the story of two dogs that profoundly affected his life and work. Skittish border collie Izzy pushes him into rewarding work with Hospice. And black lab Lenore's gentle spirit helps remind him why he wanted to work with animals in the first place.
©2008 Jon Katz (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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excellent

This book begins with a disclaimer: no dog dies in this book. That's true, but it was still a tear jerker in places. Excellent story, a must read for all dog lovers.

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Amazing Book..

I am not normally one to write reviews about audio books I listen to, and this is the first one I have written in my 2 years with audible...

This book moved me so much, helping me to think about some of the amazing work people and dogs can do to help people -- and even making me cry at several points throughout the book.

I have listened to Jon's other books such as The New Work of Dogs - and they are great, but pale in comparison to this one.

Its ironic because in The New Work of Dogs he was talking about the various different and unique things other people are doing with thier dogs and now he is writting about the new work that Izzy (an amazingly insightful border collie) and Jon are doing with Hospice...

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Another Great Jon Katz book!

"Izzy and Lenore" is another great, fun book about Katz's dogs. The book left me convinced again that the benefit of having a dog in your life is an indescribable pleasure, and for both dog and owner, an opportunity to grow and learn.

Katz writes about his dogs without making them saints or nightmares. He has a very honest appreciation for the relationship between dogs and owners, and the parts both play in that pairing.

Katz's books about dogs can't appear often enough for me. First captivated by Orson, the wonderful/devildog border collie that Katz owned and trained, "My First Dog" was a lovely tribute to a dog that was a handful!

A must-read for dog owners!

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Loved this book.

I wanted to read this book because a good friend was in the ICU for five weeks and I was interested in the part of the book about hospice care. I'm also considering getting a dog this year, as I'll be moving to the country.

I really loved the parts of this book about the dogs and essentially the redemption of both the man and dog through their relationship (Izzy). The fact that he then turns into a therapy dog with amazing healing abilities is a part of the boook I have told many friends about.

His farm and relationship with his variety of animals keeps you reading the book too. Read it.

This is my first Jon Katz book and I immediately went to the library and read another in two days: Dog Year.

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Izzy & Lenore

This was the best downloaded book so far!! As an RN, I've encountered some of these same situations & wish I had Izzy by my side! It was written & narrated so well that I could lose myself in it! I would love more like this!

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Another Great book by Katz

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Katz has a way of capturing and describing the scenes on his farm with his friends, visitors, family and beloved animals like no one else. I am mezmorized by every book, sad when they are done... And ready for the next.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything

What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

He makes you forget that you are not listening to the author reading his own work!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All of Katz's books make you laugh, cry and everything else... They are just so real!

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Loved It!!

What did you love best about Izzy and Lenore?

I particularly liked the stories about Jon and Izzy's visits to the hospice patients. What a wonderful service the two of them are providing to these deserving people. Izzy is so amazing in his ability to read the patients and he seems to know exactly what each one needs from him and so does Jon.

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

To me, Tom Stechschulte is Jon Katz.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It will bring joy to your heart and tears to your eyes!

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Laughter and Tears...

This is my second Katz novel and I love them all! This one touches your heart as you get to experience the job of a therapy dog. I am not sure that many people realize how dogs and other animals can give so much to us. Therapy dogs are wondrous souls and Izzy is amazing! I love visiting the farm with each of his novels and learning about life along the way. Great narrator also.

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  • 09-18-14

No way to go wrong in story about dogs and hospice

As a dog lover and supporter of the incredible work performed by hospice folks I knew this book was a no-risk listen. Didn't think it was particularly well written and I never really connected with Jon. Thank goodness for Izzy and Lenore. Izzy went from rags to riches in spirit and was almost too good to be true. Lenore was a lovable Lab who proved near the end of the listen that she possessed more than simple puppy love. The book provides some insights into hospice care and was well worth the listen.

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Mench

Would you consider the audio edition of Izzy and Lenore to be better than the print version?

no they are about the same

What did you like best about this story?

I love that Jon puts his heart in his stories.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Laughter through the tears.

Any additional comments?

Jon comes alive in his stories, I feel like I know him and the transformation of his life.

4 people found this helpful