Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey. No stranger to the experiences that make us human - a mother's love and a father's betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss - our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape.
Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction, but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology: domesticated wolves. Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a soldier, and a friend.
W. Bruce Cameron's The Dog Master is an evocative glimpse of prehistory, an emotional coming-of-age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting, imaginative story of the first dog.
©2015 W. Bruce Cameron (P)2015 Tantor
"Interesting speculative history with a satisfying conclusion...." (Kirkus)
"Guiding listeners through three time periods and multiple early tribes of humans and wolf packs, narrator David Colacci keeps the momentum of the plot swift, the characters distinct, and the atmosphere rich." (AudioFile)
I am a dog lover so am biased but I loved this more than the 20+ audiobooks I have listened to so far. It is an artfully woven tale full of marvelous surprises.
I sometimes had a little trouble keeping up with the rapid scene changes from one tribe to the next, etc, especially when my own pack of 7 dogs were noisy. However with rewind I could reorient myself. Loved the book!
While I enjoyed the plot, the actual writing was not up to the talk of the imagination of the author. He needs a good and harsh editor, as well more practice realizing his dreams in the written word.
If I hadn't liked the theme I would not have finished this book.
The story got a bit mangled. The author moves around in time and tells the story from multiple perpectives. Great for a long car ride. Hard to follow if you only have 1 hour at a time.
If you love animals you will love this book.
Yes, tears and laughter!!
It might be a little unfair, but Jean Auel wrote around 4000 pages on a similar story. Having read and loved 3 Camerons before, I felt he might have a new take. After the first half, I was wondering if I should send it back. It improved, and it was helpful to have the stories of several tribes (and the wolf family) unfolding at once. It's a great book if you haven't read Clan of the Cave Bear, decent if you have.
He's a terrific narrator, who doesn't overact the book.
One of the top books I've read - and I love books and I love reading, or in this case, listening.
It was such a great story told (by the author and the narrator) in a way that you were consumed by and into the story. I couldn't stop listening and was obsessed with it. I was becoming sad toward the last chapters that I my experience was going to come to an end and I would miss hearing about my friends whom I'd grown to absolutely love. I hope they make this book into a movie. It's more a story about the Kindred, Wolfen etc. tribes and how they lived, which I found wonderful to be among st them (so to speak) and how a wolf named Dog worked her way into the life of a human, which is how I always experience it with every one of my fury family members. I love W. Bruce Cameron for writing this book and for how he writes - complete captivation and enjoyment. I wish I could say more to describe my feelings.... I will miss this book and always remember it.
Surprisingly, the end when Mal fights the 3 Cohorts and wins with the help of his wife and his Dog, of course -- good conquers all evil and the guy gets his heart's desires.
Yes, absolutely, without a doubt.
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