A much better version of The Road by Cormac McCarthy...not to knock CM....I loved some of his other novels.
When Hig is walking into the perimeter with the villians on his tail, and Bangley uses the radio to get him through.
Yes. It made me pay more attention to my dog, Sonny. It made me realize how much I appreciate him as a real companion.
Not a plot driven book...but really...Such great writing and narration.
audio book junkie
This book has such great reviews I worry that there was something I missed. The good: This is a quiet story, a simple story. I really like that. There are some great characters in the book that are flawed yet lovable and draw you into this world. But for me there were a number of things lacking. There is very little dialogue in this book. I love dialogue and I kept finding myself, hours into the auidobook, thinking, "OK, when is the story going to begin?" When there actually was conversation between the characters, it created the best, most memorable parts of the book, for me there just wasn't enough of it. Also, without giving away any spoilers, the end of this book is too perfect for me. Peter Heller tied up an apocalyptic story and put a bow on it.
This book was my first by Peter Heller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well-written, with good a good plot. I did not see how, from the book summary, I would stay alert as I listen while commuting but I did not want to shut off my ipod. Kept me involved from beginning to end.
The significant scene when he goes out with his dog up the mountain.
I enjoyed the entire book.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
...which is unfortunately pretty boring. The author does a really good job making you feel the isolation and despair and the joy in the really small, everyday things. The narration is also really slow, which probably aids in the feel that this book was going for? But I had to listen to it at 2x speed. Parts of this books were amazing, but for the most part the action felt cursory, the shocking grotesque scenes felt out of place, and the interesting authorial style seemed to dissipate as the story progressed. All told, though, it's an interesting story of the apocalypse that focuses not on fending off zombies or fighting the elements but just on living. I recommend this if you like pastoral novels or don't appreciate the fast-paced hollywood-style of story-telling.
Peter Heller writes such sweet, lyrical prose that it almost takes you out of the horror his characters are living. I loved that Hig, the story's teller, was still able to see so much natural beauty all around him even though the world had ended and been replaced with a nightmare. He also finds loveliness and a familial connection in the people he happens to meet who decide not to kill him just be cause he might be a threat to them, but wait to see if he might be worth trusting, worth saving, worth forming a bond with. He remains positive in a dark world and he finds light where it still exists, even when it might be hiding. Mark Deakins' narration was perfect. I look forward to more from this author and this narrator.
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Never heard of Peter Heller, I never saw this book before, and if I had seen this book I would have passed on it purely because of the title. "The Dog Stars" title is a reference made by the main character near the end of the story that has very little outward importance to the contents of the book. It is the kind of title that shows the author's propensity for the 'subtle or poetic' in his writing.
I enjoy reading PA Stories when they have a modicum of good writing surrounding a plausible storyline. "The Dog Stars" is what "Survivors: A Novel" wanted to be, but wasn't.
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Apocalyptic stories are not really my style ( I asked for a refund real quickly for xxxxx), but this story was wonderful . I have to admit that there is a real dog central to the story, for which I am often a sucker for. Anyhow, it is done well. Other reviewers are more articulate about writing style (sparse, but great) and plot development. I was swept away.
A little sad in parts, but mostly up beat for a post apocalyptic book. I really enjoyed the book. It was very easy to listen to, and is very believable, I guess, if you think much about life after our civilization.
thoughtful, poetic, well written
This is as sad as " The Road" but leaves more room for hope.
I got this title due to an interview with Peter Heller that I heard on the radio. I've always had a soft spot for "End of the World as We know it" stories. I read "Earth Abides many years ago and many times since and love it. "Dahlgren" by Delaney, while freaky as all get out, kept me riveted even though I didn't understand half of it. And of course, there's "The Change" series by S.M. Stirling. If you're looking for something along any of these stories lines, forget it. The plot is pretty basic but it's the presentation of the characters and setting the I found remarkable. Heller's love for poetry saturates his writing. It's like he can't help it. The book reads like one big poem with lots of stream of consciousness thrown in. Don't let that turn you off though. Mark Deakins, the reader, goes through this book so smoothly that it took me a while to realize exactly what Heller was trying, and succeeding, to do. The book is entirely written in the first person from the viewpoint of the main character named Higg. Heller conveys Higg's thoughts, feelings, emotions and motivations beautifully without being overly verbose. Like poetry, it is language stripped down to it's barest essentials but with full meaning. No small feat.
It may be that this could be a difficult book to read. I'm glad that I listened to it on an audio book.