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From Old Yeller to Marley and Me, pet owners been bombarded over the years by emotionally wrenching stories that border on melodramatic and exploitive. In Going Home, Katz strikes a unique balance, giving readers a sentimental yet remarkably grounded guide to dealing with the passing of our canine friends.

©2011 Jon Katz (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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Comforting to a recent loss of best fur-friend.

What made the experience of listening to Going Home the most enjoyable?

Good story.

What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Comforting to hear an actual voice.

What did you learn from Going Home that you would use in your daily life?

It's ok to think about having another pet without guilt.

Any additional comments?

Well written using the author's own experience from another book, in which I was very curious and cannot wait to start this new book I just purchased. My beloved dog meant so much top me for so many years. I find myself at lost and cast adrift as she was our anchor of our life. Who am I going to come home for a loving walk with the summer breeze now??

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Meh

Would you try another book from Jon Katz and/or Tom Stechschulte?

I don't know. I don't think so. The narrator I liked, just not the content.

What was most disappointing about Jon Katz’s story?

I recently lost a dog. I'm vegetarian, dog trainer and likely compassionate to a fault. I really needed to hear something about dogs and how we love and grieve dogs. This book was about that, but he also discussed how animals are different than humans, how we need to prioritize human relationships, how dogs are not people and we shouldn't grieve them the same. I am in the middle of grief for my 12 year old dog, and this message just doesn't jive with my heart and ethics. You may enjoy this book much more than I. I don't think everyone needs to have the same perspective I do. For me, my dogs are their own person. I don't see them as human, but I don't value them differently than a human. He discussed shooting a little lamb with a 22 caliber gun, and although I recognize the lamb may have been suffering, I struggle with his method of euthanasia. If you are like me, I don't know if you'll enjoy this book. If you are a farmer and have a different perspective, you'll likely get a lot more out of it. I wanted to like it. I needed to like it, but I just couldn't. Its one of the few books I stopped listening too.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes,

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

His discussion on grieving his dog.

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  • R. Taylor
  • Hamilton, OH United States
  • 07-30-12

Wonderful Listen

Would you listen to Going Home again? Why?

Sure a really good true life story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr.Katz.I like the way he thinks

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Do not be afraid to start a new life

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  • Carolyn
  • jackson, WY, United States
  • 02-21-12

Comforting

I downloaded this book the day after my dog died. I would like to say it fixed my pain and sorrow, but it made me cry harder. So I would say not to read this the day after your dog dies. There are many comforting words. The downside is that he talks a lot about his dogs. That's O.K. but I think I wanted a bit more in regards to a Deepak Chopra type of outlook.

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  • Ronald
  • santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 12-19-13

Awesome book!

What made the experience of listening to Going Home the most enjoyable?

This book could not have come at a better time. We just lost our beloved dog Dakota. We were in so much pain and sorrow and Jon Katz helped us navigate this difficult time with love, compassion and truth for our family. He validated our feelings and understands the grieving process. I am buying several copies of this books so my vet can give them out to his animals owners as they say good bye to their loving dogs, cats and horses. Ron

What did you like best about this story?

The similarity with regards to pain, and the grieving process.

Which scene was your favorite?

The entire book. Not just one. We savored every word.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Going Home?

It's not good bye but until we meet again.

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A new perspective to allow for forward movement

This book provides examples and new ways of thinking about relationships with pets and their loss. It is very helpful to think of new perspectives and find the ability to let go. Moving on is a crucial part of grieving and this book will help you get there.

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Total waste of my money

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is for someone who likes animals, not someone who loves them and counts them as part of the family.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Katz again?

Never

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Stechschulte?

The narrator was fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and anger...as a vet tech I would never want this so called animal lover to bring an animal to my clinic.

Any additional comments?

Total waste of my $

0 of 2 people found this review helpful