Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I liked this book but had a problem with basic premise. It is set in the future where the world is basically depopulated. The remaining people spend the entire book killing each other. Man is basically a social animal. There is no benefit to having the entire population working to eliminate each other when there are unlimited resources. The main characters are lonely but spend the entire booking shooting everyone who comes within miles of them. Where everything else seems limited they seem to have an unlimited supply of bullets but limited supply of coke. There is interwoven a theme of drought caused by global warming, but 99% of the world has been dead for a decade. So who is causing global warming?
I would listen to The Dog Stars again just to hear the beautiful descriptions of the Colorado wilderness. The main character embodies a true naturalists view of the Rockies even in a post apocalyptic world. So many books of this genre fail to show any beauty in the world when we humans mess it up.
The first person narrative can feel very narrow in a story but this author balances both story and character in a way rarely heard. Kudos to the author, I hope to read/listen to more of his work in the future.
Early in the story when the character goes into the mountains to hunt for food and reminisces about the trout that he used to catch. It set the tone for a survivor who is not totally destitute but realizes that the world will never be the same. The wistfullness of his memories felt very real.
I would just put a high profile actor, ie. Decaprio, Tatum, you get the idea on the poster. I think this story would be a beautiful role for any male actor.
i want more...
i'd have to say Hig was my favorite, probably b/c i can relate to him more. he's not a macho man, but he's secure. he's not a fighter, but protects those he cares about, and he enjoys the precious gifts life offers, like the outdoors, cooking, and a faithful dog.
nothing specific comes to mind...it was all very interesting and original
i'd take Hig to dinner. he's more of a conversationalist than the other characters, and he could teach me to fly his plane.
even though the book deals with "the end of the world as we know it", it isn't a gloom and doom kind of book. it has moments, but you get to see what good is left, even when trying to protect yourself and others, while trying to maintain what life you have left.
Yes. While I was prepared for the sparse language by all the reviews I read I actually felt like it added to the narrative rather than detracted from it. I thought when he was writing in short sentence fragments that it seemed more like a log entry or diary entry which seemed fitting considering some of the emotional terrain he was treading. And then sometimes it read like modern poetry which was also fitting since before the disaster he had been a poet.
I really liked this book and I am not a huge aficionado of post-apocaplyptic stories. I feel like the book has stayed with me longer than I expected.
I was initially hesitant to listen to this simply because it was post-apocalyptic, it's not really a genre that I seek. I admitt that I didread "The Road" and thought that I didn't really want another gratuitous repeat of the emotional anxiety from that book. BUT THIS BOOK IS DIFFERENT! Rather than the inevitable climax and demise of a father-son relationship like "The Road", this book is about the growth and maturation of human relationships with some characters at the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. The first half of the story is really between two men (with a dog in the middle) who are as unlikely allies as I have every come across. Somehow, opposites attract and they make it work (Think George S Patton and Martin Luther King, Jr.). There are some damn funny dialogues interspersed by moments of sheer terror (just remember to BREATHE). The last half of the book is about the book's protagonist Hig (i.e. MLK, jr.) risking all and willing to do whatever it takes (killing be damned) to show that love is the ultimate goal. It's a strange paradox that is captivating to listen to and ponder...what would I do in such a bizarre world.If you want to ponder this question in our own life, than I strongly suggest you listen to one of the best stories and performances I have listened to from audible in many years and covering many books. Don't be dissuaded by the post-apocalyptic time frame, this story is perfectly applicable to the human interactions of the people, cultures, and nations today.
I love a performer who can change his voice so dramatically and effortlessly when two charaters are in a dialogue. This is the true mark of a great book reader. I sure don't want to listen to "Character A said blah, blah blah, and Character B responded blah, blah, blah.VERY nice job!
No, it was too powerful. I needed to think about things in between events. It's hard to go from a death-filled scene to a love scene without a break.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A friend described it to me as The Road -- Light. But it is much more than that. Heller has a concise and beautiful writing style that I really enjoyed, and this book has become one of my favorites. With some books I listen to them for fun and can do many things while listening, such as working around the house, and it doesn't diminish the book. I might miss a few details, but it doesn't matter for a fun listen. Not the case with Dog Stars. I wasn't willing to miss a word and so found myself listening only when I could sit and enjoy, or when I was walking with my dog in the woods next to my house. Excellent narration as well. This will be a book that I buy for friends this Christmas.
I absolutely loved it! The writing and character development were stellar. The reader was wonderful and I didn't want it too end.
This story was so compelling I could not stop listening. The characters and the location were interesting and there was a good measure of humor, joy and sadness and in the end I was left with hope for the these characters if not mankind. A very good read.
I am a dog person and this book really struck a cord with me.
Jasper steals the show. He is true to what he is. A loyal devoted companion with a very important job to do.
Mark Deakins never gets in the way of the story. He lets it just flow and happen.
Always take you dog when you go for a soft drink run.
Peter Heller's a talented writer. His poeitc flow evokes colorful, creative images while navigating through tense scenes that keep you "on the edge of your seat". His characters are real and I felt attached to them, especially Jaspar the dog. Following Hig, the main character is truly being in his head and relating to all his emotions and his thoughts.
Heller is an outstanding writer that reminds me of a cross between Hemingway and Cormac McCarthy. I look forward to reading more of his fiction.
Spoiler alert... the demise of a main character left me feeling extremely sad.
Great ability to reflect the writers poetic flow.
A passionate survival