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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

A Novel
Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"This un-put-down-able story has everything - a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs." [Kirkus Reviews (starred)]

When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for fans of Station Eleven and The Girl with All the Gifts.

My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. 

Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?

©2019 C. A. Fletcher (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fletcher's narrative...has a propulsive and engaging rhythm and should please fans of postapocalyptic dystopias, young adult and adult alike." (Booklist)

"A sharp, meditative exploration of family, loyalty, and humanity amid the lonely but beautiful wilderness of the end of the world - but with a gut punch you'll never see coming. You'll remember A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World long after you finish reading." (Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M)

"This novel has everything I love about a story: fully realized characters, beautiful writing, and utterly believable, even frightening, world-building. I promise you're going to love it." (Louisa Morgan, author of The Secret History of Witches)

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Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

I adored the story of Griz, a boy who rushes out into an unknown post-apocalyptic world to rescue his stolen dog.

I am so glad that the author himself read this book. His calming voice helped weave a poetic melody into an already vivid world.

The story is told directly to us through Griz. Well, through the journal that he keeps with him at all times. It was interesting not knowing at which points along the journey he was writing and it helped keep me guessing as to how his story would end.

Griz's journal is written to "You," a person who was alive before the end of the world. This allows Griz to continually wonder at the differences in our world and point out how different the two must have been. Breaking this fourth wall, in my opinion, is not always done well, but I really enjoyed the way it played into the story line here.

Along the way, Griz faces adventure, dangerous situations, and leads us down many twists and turns. He uses a lot of foreshadowing that had me wrongly guessing which way the story would go. Now that I know which turn it took, I fully believe that I will read this story again in the future.

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Wow

I loved it! Grizz (I hope that's the spelling) is such a great character and had such an awesome adventure! I honestly felt attached to the story and wished the end didn't come so soon, though making it linger on could have ruined it. C. A. Fletcher, I just want to say thank you for a great story.

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Everything I wanted and more

This will be one of the top five books I've received from Audible. I was drawn in initially because of the title as I'm a huge animal lover but once I read the description, I was excited to listen to it. What an amazing journey it was! It had great character development and terrific story line. Everything was covered.....love, trust, friendship, fear, laughter, angst and being true to yourself.

Little did I know there would be unsuspected surprises at the end! OMG!

Since the author, C. A. Fletcher, narrated, I was a little cautious about that as my experience with authors who narrate their own books has not been a good thing. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find his voice was just perfect to tell this tale. Obviously he knew his characters very very well and it came out beautifully.

I cannot recommend this book more highly. I think you will be surprised and pleased with it as I was. Bravo!

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Believable!

This story has great surprises, twists and turns in a very believable post-apocalyptic setting. Hope there is a sequel!

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WOW

I could not stop listening. Amazing characters & story. 5 stars from me ! Recommending to all my friends.

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Very enjoyable story

I must admit I am a sucker for a good dog story. This was not just a dog story, it was a good story about a dog lover and his dog. The boy's journey to recover his stolen canine companion is well told and unfortunately plausible which combine to make it a great listen. This is a story that will appreciated by dog lover's as one that shows how far a person will go for much loved animal.
I look forward to this author's next story.

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Fantastic

This book truly earns 5 Stars in every category. If you enjoyed the Handmaids Tale or Girl with all the Gifts or just a great story don’t miss this.

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Outstanding book!

Such a great story! What a great adventure. Not only did I love the book, I loved the man's voice who was narrating it. Each time I listened, that voice pulled me in and blocked everything else out. Great read & great performance! Thanks for the ride.

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Book of the year

Do not miss this book! It is one of those that you hate to see end and when it does you immediately look to see what else this author has written. The writing, simply put, is fantastic. The author is both literate and clever. The title says a boy and his dog but it is about people: the nobility of striving and being honest and valuing relationships. This is a fantastic read.