Kept looking for the profound ending that never came. Interesting characters and reasonably fun to listen to but overall a bit disappointing.
What becomes of humanity years after a killer plague ravishes the world? This is a compelling story of what could happen in a kill or be killed world that felt all too possible (though if a sign saying you've got a killer blood disease keeps others from preying on you, you'd think more people would post that sign! ). This book has glimpses of the best of humanity when the worst has become the norm. I enjoyed it, if one can use such a word for dark apocalyptic fare.
The narration made the book really come to life, so yes.
This was a first time with Mr. Deakins. I will definitely look for him again.
Bangly was well written. I had a very clear sense of him and where he stood, although it was not clear just in the words.
Good concept and well told but with very annoying quirks of the author. Too often the author leaves out the pronouns which grated more than anything. I persevered and did enjoy it enough to get the author's next book. But I doubt I'll get anything else he writes. I just don't like his style enough. Based on other reviews I expected this to be visually stunning but the stunted narration style and the funky sentence structure didn't work for me. What I did like was that every detail of how the world "ended" wasn't spelled out.
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.