The dog stars

Peter Heller, 1959-

Sound recording - 2012

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 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 ol...d 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.

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Published
New York, NY : Books on Tape [2012]
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
9 compact discs (10 hrs., 42 min.): digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN
9780449013137
0449013138
Main Author
Peter Heller, 1959- (-)
Other Authors
Mark Deakins (-)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Hig, the protagonist of this postapocalyptic novel, has been living in an abandoned airplane hangar on the outskirts of Denver for nine years, since a pandemic killed most of the world's population. The trigger-happy Bangley, a former military man who lives nearby, helps protect the pair from raids of starving marauders. Hig has a 1956 Cessna plane with plenty of fuel and a loyal hound to accompany him on his hunting and fishing trips. He grows fresh vegetables in a small garden plot and forages for other necessities in abandoned houses and big-box stores. Heller presents a frightening look at the possible end of civilization, where cities have been burned and survivors have a wasting blood disease. The well-written plot unwinds slowly amid graceful descriptions of the natural world and memories of Hig's earlier life, and Mark Deakins's calm, clear reading lends credibility. VERDICT Adventure, survival, and sf enthusiasts will enjoy this book. ["After an award-winning career as an adventure writer and NPR contributor, Heller has written a stunning debut novel. In spare poetic prose, he portrays a soaring spirit of hope that triumphs over heartbreak, trauma, and insurmountable struggles," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Knopf hc, LJ 7/12.—Ed.]—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo [Page 41]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Great expectations for this first novel, featuring a pilot lost in a world gutted by a flu pandemic. When he receives a random radio transmission, he realizes that he's not alone. Heller comes naturally by the edgy adventure promised here. A contributing editor at Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure, he is also author of Hell or High Water, an account of a daring 2002 whitewater expedition through eastern Tibet's Tsangpo Gorge—so remote and dangerous that it had never been fully navigated. With a 60,000-copy first printing. [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“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.