this is one of those books that I could not wait to get into the car and listen to. This is one that seems genderless. As a female I could relate to his, the main characters, more compassionate and artistic side. Any man who enjoys Sam acho narration would enjoy all the guns and battles for survival and who would not love Bangla? there was humor in this story you will shed some tears as well. If you are a dog lover you most certainly better grab a box of Kleenex. But at the same time it gives a fantastic perspective and a sense of hope. I would gladly read a sequel if they have one. as for the narrator, he did a wonderful job. He nailed what I envisioned dangly sounding like as well as Pops. That was really good.
I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired.
I loved this story, and while it is post apocalyptic, it ends on a note of the reality that we all face. Well done.
The book was good overall, the way it was written was captivating and there were plenty of good similies and analogies to keep you entertained in any moment. The romance went a little far otherwise I may have given it 5 stars, but it was very interesting. The narrator did good, at first I thought the voice was too monotone and slow but eventually it started to feel natural and how it should be, maybe I just got used to it. I do not necessarily recommend it but if you want something written different it will make you stay till the end at least.
Moving story of survival and the human spirit. It pulled me in with believable characters that I found myself actually caring about. It is written in such a way that I believe it could have a sequel some day... That would be wonderful to see what could happen next.
The story is quite interesting, and the narration is like a radio performance with background music, etc. The characters go from whispering and speaking softly to screams and loud noises and mood music. This makes it nearly impossible, or at least quite unpleasant, for one to listen to with headphones.
I'd prefer a traditional narration to the screaming and loud mood music.
I'm not sure why post-apocalyptic novels are interesting to me - and a lot of other people. I don't follow the Zombie craze and frankly don't understand the fascination with it. I like stories of survival and the psychology of societal breakdown and rebuild. Heller's book chronicles the path of Hig, a survivor of a population-thinning flu pandemic who gets around in a 1956 Cessna single engine prop airplane and lives, for much of the novel, at Erie airport in Colorado. Erie's one of the airports I practice landings at, and the stuff he sees out the window of the Cessna are the same things I see flying here today. There is no gore, little violence, just some soul-searching by a man who has lost nearly everything dear to him. He still has flying, and that saves him in ways a pilot can relate to.
The Dog Stars is my favorite kind of book. The kind randomly picked up or recommended that turns out to speak to who you are. I don’t know you or what you do, but if you like this book, then there’s at least a kinship of thought that I can salute. A knowing nod that says “Carry on and good luck.” This is the kind of book that when I get done and recommend to someone else, they look at me funny after a few chapters in. I think it worries my wife a little.
I’m an avid reader of survival stories, both real and fictional. Something about the call to overcome the difficulty that life presents – as if reading about it will make it so for me. I find it unsettling, even in the little parts of life, when I find people resigned to their troubles. I’m not saying I’m better, but there is something in me that says, “I want more. I will not stop. I will overcome this too.”
This story follows Hig – a survivor of the plague that has wiped the world free of all but a few people. He and his misanthropic friend Bangley work to protect their little corner of Colorado. Hig’s dog Jasper is his closest friend and constant companion. This threesome try to live and overcome the challenges of foraging for food, fending off other marauding survivors, and finding meaning in an apocalyptic world that has few answers.
Peter Heller expertly guides you through the inner currents of Hig’s psyche as he deals with the lot life has cast. You root for Hig as he grasps for a hold to control an unwieldy loneliness. His solitary plight is recognizable to many even in our connected age. You wish for him because it’s a wish for yourself. There is plenty of humor, wit, fear, and wisdom – and maybe something like finding love.
Earlier this year I read On The Beach by Nevil Shute. The world is ending and the story follows some normal people through the last oppressive days. While tinged in sorrow, the book is hopeful. The Dog Stars likewise is a search for hope. These are the stories I like best. “and hope does not disappoint…”
Audible Listeners: Mark Deakins did a fabulous job. His voice carries you forcefully through the story.
8.5 stars out of 10
This story is alright. I've certainly read worse... and certainly read better. The characters are likable. It's cleverly descriptive. The story moves along at an alright pace.
Dude, learn pronunciations. More than a handful of times I caught myself ripped from a scene because of a mispronunciation.
If you are a fan of apocalyptic fiction, this one is alright. It's a nice story with a rare happy (ish) ending. Author could have pulled at heart strings a little more... all the elements were there to do so!
The Dog Stars is a beautifully written novel. Heller's style is lyrical, sparse, poetic. It is introspective and reflective. It is missing something on purpose, which gives the story much of its beauty and defines Hig as a character.
Mark Deakins does a truly outstanding job with the narration. He makes Heller's stylistically broken sentence structure seem as natural as one's own thoughts (that's the idea, after all). The few characters in the book have subtly unique, nuanced voices. I couldn't imagine a better pick for narrator.
What story there is is a reflection on loss and interdependence in a bleak, ruined world, where the weary acceptance of death exists alongside an animal fear of it. There's little plot to go on; the plot of The Dog Stars plays out in a very small slice of the world, and effects very little apart from the lives of its characters. Still, it feels like an important story to tell.
It wasn't quite all brilliance. For me, Heller lost his way a little around the two-thirds mark when Hig arrives in the canyon. The events there seemed out of sync with the rest of the story, and the new relationships felt forced and slightly contrived. Despite the mature, uncensored language in the story as a whole, the explicit sexual encounter was unwelcome and a weird decision by Heller. Fortunately, the story and characters fell back into place once the canyon was left behind.
I'm willing to overlook the mid-story midsteps, and they are forgettable when looking at the novel as a whole. It is an artfully written and expertly narrated tale of beauty in loss.