I didn't read the print version but as "The Dog Stars" reads almost like an Epic poem at points I can't image it not being read aloud.
The poetic and lyrical quality of the story. The most beautifully written post apocalyptic story I have read.
Mark Deakin's really painted a picture with his narration, I could absolutely see what he was reading.
Point of no Return
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i loved this book.. didnt want it to end.. i wish the dog was longer lived.. i search for stories like this.. the part about him and the mirror was humbling.. to think of seeing your face after so long.. great story.. guy lit?
Heller clearly is a poet and he brings a dreamy, verse-like style to this book, which I'd describe as a mashup of "The Art of Racing in the Rain" with "The Stand." It hit all my buttons: airplanes, dogs, apocalyptic survival, a sap-free romance and middle age. Best thing I've read all year.Also worth noting: I have a hard copy of this book and the physical writing style as it's laid out on the page is a bit jarring. Sort of like looking at e.e. cummings' work for the first time. In this audio format, the book finds it's perfect home. Mark Deakins really is main character Higg.
Probably Pops. I won't say much about him in order to avoid spoilers.
Higg, the main character.
"I, Aviator" or "The Omega Pilot" (Not really. It's perfectly named, as is.)
I loved The Dog Stars. I have a soft spot for post-apocalyptic tales, and this hit the sweet spot. Peter Heller did an incredible job of using some of the most eloquent ways to describe the end of the world.
I did however find the first half of the book to be far better than the second. I thought the author took some interesting turns from the typical survival mentality of a post-apocalyptic book and made it feel far more human. However the second half of the book lost its way a bit and the ending sort of left me scratching my head.
However I could not imagine not reading this book without the brilliant narration of Mark Deakins. Mark took the role head on and deserves some sincere accolades for his performance. One of the best performances I have heard in 2012.
I loved The Dog Stars. I would highly recommend it especially if like me you enjoy a good post-apocalyptic tale.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend because it was they type of story that is sometimes intense, sometimes thoughtful but always interesting and moved along at a nice pace.
When the main character went into the woods with his dog.
Just the right inflections to make him believable as the main character.
The main character's relationship with his dog, like when they slept at night.
This is not the kind of book I listen to. It is melancholy (yet happy) and even tempo-ed and has a grand total of 5 characters, including a dog. Yet, I raced through the entire 10 plus hours in about 3 days, riveted and eager to learn what happens next. A character study written in a poetic style about a couple of survivors many years after a flu wipes out nearly everybody left on the planet. Sole searching and introspective and still able to pull off a fascinating story arc. One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.
Lovers of dogs, flying, Colorado and all introverts should read/listen to this story.
The relationship between Hig and Bangley
The poetic prose style of writing
The scene at the Grandjunction airport
When Hig's dog died
Didn't care for the end. Specifically the insinuation that some middle eastern country destroyed America.
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!
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I hope this writer does a second book . The words was like poetry. It is a great listen and left me wanting more. Worth while buying BIG TIME. I can't wait to listen to it again in the near future.
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!!!