I loved this book. I haven't loved a book this much since listening to/reading Skippy Dies.
I was reading a New York Times book review last week about Peter Heller's latest novel, The Painter. I never read anything by this author. The reviewer said that they like his first novel The Dog Stars better. So I decided to give it a try.
Heller's writing style is very different. I think it's very artistic, beautifully written.
His characters are wonderful especially Hig the protagonist. I love his sensitive description of this man and his dog.
I don't like fishing but I love art. He made fishing feel like art.
This story is believable.
I am now reading/listening to The Painter, Peter Heller's second novel. I'm hoping to love it as much.
Just a great story!
The main character, I could relate to him.
Meeting the woman
MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE!!
The Dog Stars was the best book I have read in a long time. A story of loss, rebirth, and growth set in a post apocalyptic world. The author made me feel it all. The loss was painful, the rebirth was confusing and scary, and the growth was sweet and heart warming. I admired the hero who was vulnerable yet strong and innocent yet wise. I was sad to say goodbye to this character at the end of the story.
I lived inside this story for days, relishing every word, character and image. It was a shock when the voice went silent. And for once, I felt like saying: Yes, thank you, Audible - I did enjoy this program.
If you enjoy excellent writing and the post-apocalyptic genre, this is a must. I didn't have terribly high expectations, but if I did, this book would have exceeded them. The best book I've listened to since Cutting for Stone, and I listen to a LOT of books (I have to do the "buy 3 credits now" before my credits come in each month) . The prose, with absolutely excellent narration, felt to my ears like melted butter on homemade muffins feels to my mouth. I devoured it. I adore being read to sleep, but this book could cure narcolepsy. I listened though sleep, while driving and was completely distracted from work.
Told as a single narrative, The Dog Stars is an intriguing story which grabs and pulls you in. A great story, expertly told.
but still well worth a listen. What would the world be like after a pandemic? What would you miss? How would your values change? Even though this book is set in a depressing scenario, it is not necessarily depressing. It looks at how one man copes over the long haul. Worth the credit.
On a very rare occasion a book and the perfect reader connect. This is one of those books.
A quiet and powerful story about survival, isolation, memories,and new relationships. This novel is both subtle, as well as violent, gripping, and suspenseful. There is a slice of life within the book that details the connection between a man and his dog that is very well done. This novel is not one that I would usually choose, but I trusted the reader reviews, and it paid off.
This book has it all - outstanding writing, deep character development, a story that grabs you, great narration. While some elements of the story are a little over the top, this didn't bother me given the great writing and characters, it is fiction after all.
Big Hig (and Jasper of course). Big Hig is the person I would hope to be in a post-apocalyptic world. Savvy enough to survive but still with morals the ability to care for another living being with a fragile hope that things will get better. And Jasper, as his faithful, loving companion. As a dog lover, I appreciated the way that Peter Heller described the bond we have with our dogs and their importance in our lives.
I've listed to 100+ audiobooks and I have never heard a narrator so perfectly reflect a character as Mark Deakins as Big Hig. He IS Big Hig. For the written version, I've read some criticisms of the book's "stilted" language. This is not the case with the audiobook as this format helps convey his emotional landscape - that of a man who has lost everything, trying to take solace in the fact that he is still alive while slowly and painfully trying to move forward. I can't imagine enjoying the book as much in written form. The audio version brings such dimension to Big Hig's character and his broken world.
Big Hig's experience of grief. I made the mistake of listening to this while shopping and had to run to the ladies room before I seemingly cried for no reason in the middle of a Target. I have never have a heard such a perfect description of the experience. While the loss of the character saddened me immensely, it perfectly conveyed what each of us feels during these times - the joyful memories, tragic reality of loss and comfort that although they are gone, in spirit they are always with you.
Best Audible book of the year - BY FAR. You won't be disappointed. While listening, I was able to clean out 2 closets - a task I had been avoiding all year. I think that says it all!