The majority of the Earth's population has been wiped out by a flu apademic and for those who remain life is brutal and unforgiving. Only the strongest survive and it is a case of kill or be killed.
The story tells how one man tries to cling on to his humanity in a society where any weakness can be fatal.
This is at times a stark and brutal story. The short staccato sentences conveys this very well.
Having said that, there are some very touching moments and the overall sentiment of the book as that regardless of how bad things are and irrespective of how unlikely it might be, humanity and its need for love and friendship will win through.
The prose exhibits both the harshness of Cormac McCarthy while at the same time using the sort of lyrical prose found in books by John Steinbeck such as Of Mice And Men.
At times the story can become a little maudlin and the introspection can drag on a bit. Also, the romance plot line near the end seems a bit over the top and sentimental for my tastes.
Still, a good read and reasonable narration.
Overall, I did enjoy this audiobook. I've decided to be a little tough with my star ratings only because there's a lot of great competition to listen to.
The Dog Stars is well written with good and developed characters. The story is pretty slow and descriptive. Similar to Edward Abby, but not quite as successful. The tone is dreary, in a kind of post-apocalyptic setting. There are some excellent highlights. And the writer really paints a good picture. It took a while for the story to grab me. But the reader does a job. I'd say it's definitely a guy's book. If you like survivalist and strategic stuff, with guns and realistic fight scenes. This would be a good book for you.
The writer was very descriptive which drew you into the story. I enjoyed the story but craved more action. His attachment to his dog was something I could relate to. The chapter
on his sexual desires for a women was too long for my taste and almost caused me to be bored. But overall worth my free point and I listened to the whole thing in 3 days.
Hike and Paddle Guide
Great plot and character development - the attention to detail the author gave to his characters made this a standout book that will be worth a second listen.
This book compares to the writing style to George Steward and his book Earth Abides with a pinch of Lucifer's Hammer and Farley Mowat thrown in. The book was well thought out and the character development was excellent - this provided a very cohesive and solid book that kept me listening straight through to the end.
and worth reading even if you are not a fan of typical dystopian fiction. It is really a love story- well about how human love can survive in the cruel conditions. Even though the plot centers around the struggle for survival in a world gone to pot- the struggle of the characters to retain some humanity is what makes this work.
There is a plot twist at the end- but it is about redemption and the surprising and unexpected resiliency of human kindness in the face of a world that requires cruelty to survive.
A compelling world has been created and populated, however sparsely, with three dimensional characters. Well narrated.
I love audio books. As I spend hours a day driving they keeps me going. Thank you great performers and delightful writers.
Could you do what must be done to survive?
When the worst happens could you keep moving forward...where is safe?
I chose to listen to the Dog Stars after Audible suggested it on its preferred list.
The narration is difficult at first. The narrator speaks in a manner like Keanu Reeves; halting, abrupt, at times monotonous, but over the course of the book the poetic imagery associates itself with this voice and you begin to think of Hig as a character who is halting and monotonous in his manner.
This is a book that will appeal to the fly fisherman, the hunter, the pilot and certainly the student of poetic and limited prose. The author chooses his words well and they paint a very vivid visual image.
It is not a happy book. It is a story that takes place in a post apocalyptic America and one whose end leaves some uncertainty, but it is a book that very much causes one to consider the now. The characters are wrestling with the desire to preserve the beautiful and the civilized in the midst of a world that demands calculated savagery and violence.
I would encourage any listener to hear it through to the end. It touched me as a person who loves the english language, flying and the noble in life. It is a book for those who appreciate the solid friendship and certainly for those of us who count among those friends the ones with four legs and wagging tails.
I would recommend this book for anyone who meets the criteria above and certainly for those who just want to hear a unique perspective on a common theme.