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.
This is lovely story in spite of the fact that it is a rather sad, post apocalyptic tale It is filled with beautifully descriptive words from the mind and mouth of the protagonist whom I learned to care for a lot. The reader's voice is melodic and warm and was a perfect choice to deliver these words.
I loved this book and everything about it, the performance, the nature, the love. Ah. I'll listen again. And again.
the poetry of the author
Hig and Bangly are tied, then Jasper, then Pops and Cima
if I had had time, yes
would love to hear a sequel
No. Boorrrrrinng. Nothing happens, just endless descriptions of nothing
I wish I could return this terrible boring book.
Enjoyed, but barely. The author really belabors Hig's life to a point of repetitiveness. Pretty interesting though in its overall scope.