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A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World

Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Summary

My name's Griz. I've never been to school, I've never had friends, 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, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.  

Then the thief came.  

He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him - until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world. 

I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family's real story is. More about what really matters.  

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World is the most moving story you'll listen to this year. 

Perfect for fans of Life of Pi, The Girl with all the Gifts or Station Eleven - Griz's tale mixes sadness and hope in one unforgettable character's quest amid the remnants of our fragile civilisation.

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

Critic reviews

"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) 

"Truly engrossing...brings hope and humanity to a cold and scary world." (Keith Stuart, author of A Boy Made of Blocks)

"I promise you're going to love it." (Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches)

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What a story! A vivid and beautiful adventure

I loved this vision of the world, the idea is so well drawn, but the best part is the characters. Gris is so compelling, and as an audio book it feels really inviting. Highly recommended!

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Marvellous story

I picked this up based on a recommendation by Mike Carey, and I'm so glad I did. It's a marvellous book, immediately gripping, read very well by the author. Griz is an engaging character, and the author is clearly a dog person, as the dogs are also fully fleshed characters. The book is an adventure, a musing on what it means to be human, an end-of-the-world story, and a tribute to dogs and the people who love them. My only criticism is the author's overuse of sometimes clumsy foreshadowing, but that is a minor issue. As far as dystopian novels go, it is really refreshing to read one where survivors are more focused on reestablishing a way to live rather than devolving into hyperviolent warlord societies. Highly recommended.

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Totally absorbing story, brilliant

I didn’t want this book to end . This is a brilliant story of love, loyalty and friendships. Brilliant story which just makes you want to keep listening. Read by the author who really brings the characters to life . 10/10 . Strongly recommended

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A really enjoyable story with beautiful depth into loyalty, trust and tenacity, some personal growth thrown in

I love this story, it’s about a journey to discover the self, with only a very few other humans to influence that outcome, and even then there is sparse communication. It puts our lack of free will into perspective and shows that we must trust ourselves and keep on going no matter what..... the way dogs do

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Beautiful and darkly magical.

A truly beautiful book, beautifully read by the author. I was swept away by the story and it has stayed with me.

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A great and unexpected story

Well this was unexpected. Another post-apocalypse story that actually turns out to be original and full of twists and turns. The author has some neat tricks to keep you hooked and performs well as the characters. it’s well worth a listen.

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Please download this

What a brilliant, brilliant story. I’ve just finished listening to this and I cannot recommend it enough.
The writing is so evocative and vast and brilliant.
I’ve never felt so elated and filled with dread from one book.
It’s just ace. Download it. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Wonderfully narrated by the author

I found the author's voice flowed so well with his writing style, that I could almost imagine I was one of his children being told this story at bedtime. He has a natural storyteller's voice, engaging and mellifluous, which drew me in to his tale, so that I became thoroughly absorbed and swept along with the adventure, almost without realising it. It is a tale about love, longing, loyalty and dogs, from the point of view of the brave and wise teenager, Griz, one of the last people on the planet, and although it was a story of hardship, it was told without sentimentality, but instead with such a lightness and wit, that the emotional parts felt very raw and real. It kept me longing to hear what happened next all the way to the end, which was very satisfying and emotional for a number of reasons, many unexpected. I hope we hear more from this author soon, especially if he reads his own work. In the meantime this is one I will enjoy listening to over again.

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Ok story, awful narration

I nearly gave up on this several times because the narrator (yes, the author) just didn’t fit the story, especially in the first person when the protagonist is late teens. It was like listening to a 50 year old, monied lawyer from the Home Counties reading a book to little Tabitha and Hugo. And his French accent. Quelle horreur!! Del Boy’s “mange tout” was more convincing.
The story is fine, there’s a predictable twist and plenty of rather obvious observations on the exploitation of natural resources, but it passes the time while you’re doing the washing up.

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Great story but not good narration

I read this book in physical form initially and I really enjoyed it, I often then get the book on Audible as I find it adds to the experience and enjoyment, occasionally this enjoyment is muted by the narration, sadly (and I hate to say this) but the author should pursue the writing and not the narration because it left a lot to be desired, that aside this is a beautiful story of family and love and lot of betrayal, bad decision making and sheer persistence of will, I recommend highly that you read the book

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