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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 7, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008U2Q40A
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There were three ways this book could have gone awry for me.
1. First and most obviously - it is post apocalyptic fiction and I've read a TON of it. At this point, if you are going to tackle this topic, it had better be special. This was.
2. The manner in which the story was told. It was definitely a non-traditional narrative which could have backfired, but it didn't. Instead, it gave the book intimacy.
3. Writing style. This really could have been a issue for me, it's gotten to be a pet peeve of mine. Authors deliberately leaving out words as a style choice. Difficulty getting the hang. Missing words. Read it anyway. Could have ruined it. Writing like that drives me BATTY. But, it worked here for a couple reasons. The author didn't write exclusively like that, so you might have "Walked on the trail. I ran into Jeff on the way." The economy of the language really gave a feel for the economy of the time, and it was the language that most logically suited the structure of the novel. I have to hand it to Heller, I think he achieved a good balance.
The writing is so good! Evocative. I know that I will see glimpses of this book in my mind's eye for days to come.
The characters were well constructed and really interesting. The relationship dynamics most of all.
There was emotion and the sense of loneliness and futility was conveyed without throwing it in your face.
It was tender and harsh, funny and sad, at times edge of your seat suspenseful. I found it as powerful as The Road; but without the bleakness.
I loved it.
Hig is a very sad man, having lost his wife, but he appreciates the quietness of this new world. He is a gardener and a hunter, and has a strong relationship with the natural world around him, as well as his dog, Jasper, his little airplane (The Beast) and Bangley, his neighbor in their isolated outpost. Bangley loves guns, and does a great job of protecting them from the occasional marauders looking for, well, anything they can get their hands on (food, weapons, etc.), and willing to kill (and die) to get it.
Hig is tortured by a call over an airport he heard a few years back, while out in his plane one day. Should he risk it all to try and find other survivors, when just seeing another human being now almost requires 'a shoot first and ask questions later' attitude? Hig does not embrace that attitude, although Bangley, an older man, insists it is the only way to survive. Hig needs more from this life. He sets out to find more after a revelatory week alone in the forest.
This was a heartrendingly beautiful story. The writing is wonderful, Heller's descriptions of nature and of the human condition are gorgeous and moving.Read more ›
Yes, Heller's book is reminiscent of McCarthy's, but you don't have to be a dystopia devotee to appreciate it. Why? Heller is a writer's writer with a talent for deft descriptions, for one, and his dystopian yin hasn't forgotten its utopian yang. Meaning: Hope hasn't escaped the box for good, in the case of this rewarding book.
There's something here for everyone. At times, it is one creepy and violent thriller. But at other times, like when protagonist Hig takes to the mountain streams with his faithful dog, Jasper, it reads like Hemingway. It's almost as if a public service announcer says, "We interrupt this dystopian nightmare to treat you to a Big Two-Hearted River moment." And then: "Now back to our regularly-scheduled apocalyptic mess." Then there is the turn the novel takes in its second half -- the addition of a romantic element, like an echo from Hig's burnt past. All this, yet Heller keeps it together and makes it fit.
To start, we have Hig and his ruthless partner-in-survival, the appropriately-named Bruce Bangley. With his old Cessna, Hig is able to tour the perimeter of the extensive grounds he, Bangley, and Jasper protect from survivors of (what else?) a killer flu pandemic. And what a pair. Where Bangley seems to kill with joy, Hig appears to kill under duress and despite his aversion to it. Both killers, though. By necessity. Only one has a poet's conscience.
Stylistically, the book has its quirks, too. You won't find any quotation marks, for one. Victims of the pandemic, I guess.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fan of post apocalyptic stories and this is a very good one, somewhat similar to The Road. a good mix of technical issues and human emotions. Read morePublished 5 days ago by P. Perez
I'm a pilot and I have lived in the Boulder CO area and flown into many of the airports mentioned. If that was not the case, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much as... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Paul Richard
Living in a post apocalyptic world, a man and his dog live symbiotically with another to survive in a brutal world. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jeff Peters
There are some very decent things in this book, for instance, the dog; wise and sometimes elegant descriptions of grief; some poetic lines about the natural world; an okay... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Autodidact
Heller challenges the concept of morality in the context of sn unthinkable environment.Published 28 days ago by Austin Jill
When I first picked up "The Dog Stars," I knew little about the novel, except that it was a story about a man and his dog. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Amazon Customer