I heard this audiobook before I looked at the book (a sample from Kindle). I decided to go back and listen to the book again rather than read it. The style seemed fit an audio presentation better than the written word, or maybe the narrator was just particularly well chosen for a first person narrative by a man whose world fell apart.
The story evolves slowly, with the man's thoughts looping back and forth in time. It's a bit philosophical, but not too much. It's a bit poetic, but not too much. It really did come across as a man, with way too much downtime, trying to make sense of the world. Despite the meanderings, the plot is easy to follow since there are so few characters and the man is so darn believable. Also, I was hesitant about ordering this audio book because of the "dog" aspects, fearing the common anthropomorphic portrayals in many "dog books". The Dog Stars is not one of those books. It's the story of a real, believable man with his real, believable dog. And very little else.
I would recommend this book to thinking people who are already along their paths or at least ready to begin their paths toward coming to terms with an environment like the one presented in this book. There are no zombies in this book, no miraculous psychic capabilities, no heavenly intervention. Just food for thought via a darn good story.
Although there is no dog in "Alas, Babylon" by Pat Frank, both books are apocalyptic classics and share the same still, real, deep sense of the humanity of the characters. In both books, everything has been stripped away from the main characters but the deepest, simplest, best of their human-ness.
Up in the mountains, the dog telling the man, in the way only a dog can, when it was "time to go".
It is absolutely a sad day when a book this well written and so masterly performed has to end. Today was that day. To Peter Heller and Mark Deakins, thank you a new addition to my permanent library.
Never did I regret so much the lack of the master of the english language as now, since i'd like to pour all the feelings and sensations this wonderful book provoke in me!
So let me tell you a few things: At the beginning I felt as if i was in a cozy place listening to a man tell a story. His story and the story of humanity at the same time. Haltingly at first, in a short kind of staccato sentences. As if he was tired. And some time later I was absolutely enchanted ! The story as many of this genre is riveting, but... the difference is that this one is poetic.
This time the summary, the critics and the reviews are absolutely right!
One more thing: The narrator is GREAT. He brings the character to life just right. Amazing performance!
Do yourself a favor: LISTEN TO THIS BOOK! (note that i said LISTEN )
A fantastic listen that made me laugh, cry, think, imagine and dream. I wish that this was one in a series.
I'm a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genera and I work in the aviation industry. The characters fit well into the story and acted like you would expect. The drama was great and the situations were beliveable and exciting. But, what I found most pleasing was that the author is obviously an aviator. All to often aviation is used in a story by someone without all of (or many of the wrong) facts and it kills the book for me. The aviation details in this book are, for the most part, spot on. That might not mean much to most people, but it made the book all the more fun for me.
Amazing book and story about the "what if the world as we knew it was gone." A beautiful story about loss, love, survival and change. You will laugh and cry while thinking about the changing world and how you will choose to survive. Thank you dad for sharing this read with me. LOVE IT!
The loss of his dog.
Great reader and so believable!
I've enjoyed this audiobook the most so far.
Higg. With all the saddness and loss he encountered he still tried to keep his humor. He held on to his humanity by visiting the "families" that had the blood sickness and risked his life for human contact.
Not knowing when he was going to say something, and waiting to hear what was next without being able to skim ahead.
I would not rename it, the name fits the story.
The reminiscing and sole searching that he went through after he lost Jasper was inspiring.
Could have listened straight through if time would have permitted.
I like the different way to present the "end of the world as we know it" scenario. He starts with the story in the present and you left trying to figure out what happened to change things so much. You gradually get small bits of information until the end when all is explained.
I am not really sure what attracted me to this novel. I am not really a post-apocolypse fan. However, I am glad that I had it read to me. Very strong story and performance. Perhaps my favorite of the year, so far.
I know that an apocalyptic story will turn some readers away, but I am so glad I listened to this book. It is poetic and stays with you. It makes you think and that is almost always a good thing. I'm going to listen to it again and so far I haven't done that with any audiobook.