Post-apocalyptic novels are not my preferred genre. Perhaps that's what why it didn't strike a chord. Descriptions are bountiful and action, in my opinion, rather scarce. I found it long in parts. I kept waiting for something to happen.
At least by the end of the book I felt satisfied enough that something changes in the status quo of the protagonist's life and the reader's (listener) as well as the protagonist's perception shifts to give place to a deepened understanding.
Not one to say this, but perhaps a book better enjoyed when read rather than listened to. At the bookstore, I happened to flip through the book and realized that it's supposed to be read in a staccato, bits of thoughts on the protagonist's part. Doesn't have the same flow/effect when listened to.
My recommendation to a friend will depend on who the friend is. The story lacked a certain depth and at times it slipped into "romance novel" mode by adding too much detail for me. It didn't fit with the rest of the book's style. Lots of violence. Interesting to have it take place within 30 minutes of where I live. I bought the book after hearing a review on an NPR program (Colorado Matters). Liked the idea of reading a Colorado author. I wanted to finish the book but was getting a bit tired of the sameness of the story throughout.
Not a "happy, everything worked out great" ending but not unsatisfying either. It fit with the rest of the story.
His voice helped identify the characters.
Get your guns ready...
This book deals with a future that seems more possible than a lot of futuristic books. Incorporating a flu pandemic, water issues, global warming, etc. hit on topics that may actually catch up with us one day.
I don't know why I keep downloading apocalyptic fiction. None of them, including this one, gives me any reason to mourn the annihilation of mankind - particularly if he learns nothing from the near-erasure of the species.
Don't kill everyone.
No real surprises. Could've been more imaginative.
No, not movie material.
Not the best end-of-the-world story.
I listen to Audible while I work, and this audiobook kept me engaged for the entire length of it. Mark Deakins' narration was so easy to listen to and so powerful, that I was engrossed from start to finish.
Hig, the main character in the book, seems like a lost man and begins to give up after his best buddy - the dog that ties him to the world before it all but came to an end - dies. But he doesn't give up. He puts everything into one last shot at finding someone else alive out there.
Hig - although the dog was pretty cool.
A great listen, wonderful characters and brilliant narration!
I think the abridged version would be a much better listen. The first half of the book was very slow and too much attention to detail. The second half had more action and seemed to hold our attention better.
Like the ending
Too many descriptive words that you can't skim by when reading the book. The reader was very good - enjoyed his voice.
Intrigue and wondering "what if..............."
Abridge this book and it could be a best seller!!!
... like a unique plot? You've heard the story - some plague/blood disease wipes out most of humanity, the remaining survivors struggle to survive, etc... But the disturbing part is that people don't generally help one another in this tale. He paints a portrait of humanity that is a little like that in McCarthy's "The Road", only there's no dying Earth. Wild life abounds, crops grow, so why all the fighting and hostility? Heller never really addresses this question. And why does the dog have to eat human flesh?? Many questions unanswered. There is some good writing but it is crowded out by all the gaps in logic.
Then the narrator who seems to be taking unnecessary pauses in the middle of sentences, in the middle of thoughts. Why? More unanswered questions.
This is definitely not written for the female of the species. It is full of macho acts of bravery and daring with very little in the area of character development and plot. Too much blood and gore and not enough humanity for my tastes.
It kept me interested, a little more depth into the characters' past and depth to get to know them would have been great. Overall a good adventure. I am from Grand Junction, CO and grew up in Delta, CO, so the geography where much of the story is told is very familiar to me.
Always looking for twists in a story that surprise me!!!!
No, after listening to it, my reaction was disappointment. I had looked forward to it after reading summary. There was not enough action. Too much intra and retrospective thinking by story teller. Main character went back in his thoughts so often in the story that it was easy to lose track of where you were in the real time of the story. When there was action it was well written and enjoyable. Liked the relationship and contrast between the two characters who lived at the air strip. All characters were extremely well written. Story is scary in its reality.
Mentioned above more action and less going back in time to tell the story from different time periods. Some of this is fine, but to go back and back and back again was confusing. I generally love and read complex books.
Hig's return with the 2 deer in the sled and his defense against the attackers.
A movie and/or TV series would be possible with a less complex story, i.e, not so much retrospective thinking. Several interesting possiblities for Hig in movie role would be: James Franco, Matt Damon, or Will Smith. TV might be someone like: Joshua Jackson.
Would like to see a sequel to this book. With more action.