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.
With iffy anthropological facts, anachronisms, and sappy love stories, this book wasted four hours of my time. And, worse yet, it had very little if any insights into the dog-man relationship.
Perhaps young people could be inspired by the "meek made strong, the strong made weak" story line, but I doubt if they would be persistent enough to read past the confusing timelines, names, and relationships. Nor would they be instructed by the poor writing.
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!
It was a very good story. The performer could have done a lot better. He should have paused between chapters. At times I didn't know if was a new chapter or a continuation of the same. Same at the end of the store. I had to go back because I wasn't sure if it was part of the story of a piece the author himself was talking to us.
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!!
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