The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows, and now he makes the abandoned airport his home. In his Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return, following the static-broken voice on the radio.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, 2012, ©2012
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9780449013113
0449013111
Branch Call Number: CDB FIC HELLE-P
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10 1/2 hours) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark

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mbumann
Nov 18, 2017

I read a lot of futuristic dystopian books and loved this one. Heller takes his time developing multi-layered characters and by the end of the book I was heavily invested in them. Terrific suspense and action as well.

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IV27HUjg
Nov 10, 2017

Unlike other reviewers, I didn't like this. Choppy writing, continual f-ing losses impact resulting in just filler words in place of succulent description or dialog. The only part I truly enjoyed was his descriptions of flying over territory I know very well. I suppose this is a fair imagination of an apocalyptic event & resulting atmosphere, although due to boredom & sleep I never actually heard the ending, as it turns out I don't care.

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fabster2006
Aug 14, 2016

I very good book. Well written. Its some what depressing though.

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HaveYouRead
Nov 03, 2015

I could be wrong but I think this book will become a classic and still be around a hundred years from now. People in the future will be so impressed at the antique transportation and weapons.

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SuzeParker
Feb 24, 2015

I understand and concur with many of the criticisms leveled at The Dog Stars, but, in the end, I really did like so much about this book. In a depressing, dangerous, dystopian world, Hig still hopes and still believes in the power and possibilities of love -- in many forms. He loves his dog, he loves his dead wife; he even loves his curmudgeonly, armed-to-the-teeth neighbor. And he believes enough that love and goodness can exist, must exist, that he's willing to risk his relatively safe but empty life to go in search of them. Utlimately, for me, The Dog Stars delivered a hopeful message wrapped in an interesting story.

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Lacey22
Jul 11, 2013

This was a beautiful book. I listened to it on Audio and think that even enhanced it appeal.

librarylizzard Dec 13, 2012

I am almost through with this as an audiobook and am enjoying the story much more than I thought I would. It's not your typical post-apocalypse plot: no zombies, no large-scale assaults, no roughing it in the big cities. "Hig" is a relatable and emotional character without losing his toughness, and as an animal lover I felt a strong connection due to his bond with his dog, Jasper. The setting in rural Colorado is also refreshing. If you are hesitant about reading apocalyptic fiction because of the stereotypes permeating the genre, give The Dog Stars a try. It might just change your mind!

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