Great descriptions of western Alabama, the South's hunting culture, the unusual 9-year old girl and oddly the wife of a hunter.
I recently read the first of the Ben Coes series, Breakdown. The Dummy Line was a totally different scenario, but both main characters are pulled deeper and deeper into deep, deep . . . trouble making choices I could see ME making in similar circumstances.
I'm a southerner -- he's good. He even mispronounced 'foreign' words (like pronouncing Beau Rivage as Boh RIHvidge) like some of his less educated characters would likely do.
I listened to this book while painting a bedroom. I hate painting. After I finished this book and the bedroom, I started looking for another room to paint, just so I could re-listen. (Yeah, it's been raining for a week here.)
The main character is a United States scientist/astronaut with a wicked, wicked sense of humor. I don't know that much about the real life Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, but what I do know, including his entertaining youtube channel, made me imagine HIM as the The Martian.
This is a highly entertaining look at the qualities of a human being that MAY, just MAY, save us all.
I had to force myself to finish this, just on principle and just in hopes it would improve. I'd hoped to learn something about survival since this book was touted as an apocalyptic, but there was nothing informative. Overall, this audiobook seemed like a sportscaster calling a seemingly interminable video game.
The reader was good in terms of making the different characters easy to identify, but the tone was often droney and sleepy with periodic screams and hollers that were like stabs to my ears. I often listen at night with my cell phone near my pillow. Heaven forbid the hearing damage that might be caused by using earphones.
Supernatural objects and the shape-changing antagonist were used liberally to weave together a weak story line.
I wish I'd just given up at the first holler.
Gene Engene as the narrator (perfect!). The Western style. The likeable/hateable characters. The relaxed style.
Buck discovering Chester's condition in the jail.
Buck. Esp how we came to know him via third person as well as via first person.
No. We like to hear a chapter or so, then turn it off, digest it, and discuss it. We're on our second time through the first book of this series now, then will go on to the second book.
My husband and I travel by car a great deal and are always on the search for audio books. It's a rarity to find well-written books on topics of interest to both of us that are well-narrated AND simple enough to keep up with with just our ears. Audio books with more than a dozen or so characters are often just too hard to follow. THIS is one of the best books/series we have found. A great and rare balance. FYI 'Dog Stars' by Peter Heller was equally great for our listening style although it was an entirely different subject matter, setting and style.
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".
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