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The Dog Stars

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peter Heller

Narrated By: Mark Deakins

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: August 2012

Duration: 10 hours 42 minutes


“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and 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—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.


  • leah r

    I tried to read the book but found the dialog to be extremely tedious. Only simple sentences. Sometimes a compound sentences or two. Word. Or three words.... You get the point. As far as the audio version, the narrator did the story justice and made it compelling enough to listen to. I was pretty engaged up until the last part of the book (spoiler alert) when the author brings in a female character only so he can have sex with her. This is a boring. Very. Only descriptions of why she's beautiful. No depth to character. Only skin and sex. Dog was written with more personality than women. Women are pretty. Boobs. Anyways, good story but shallow when it comes to development of characters.

  • John Carroll

    Hemingway after the last world war: Heller captures the abrupt descriptive narrative style. But like Hemingway, he fails to develop anyone other than the main character and his paramour of the post apocalypse. A solid first novel. Let's hope for more.

  • David Demme-Pratt

    Excellent read. On par with The Road but with more colorful characters and development.

  • Jessica Roberts

    I'm sure it's better in audio firm because of the choppy, stream of consciousness feel that the narrator portrays but overall solid story. Quick an ending. Won't spoil it.

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