• A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

  • A Novel
  • By: C. A. Fletcher
  • Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (5,991 ratings)

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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

By: C. A. Fletcher
Narrated by: C. A. Fletcher
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Publisher's Summary

A "suspenseful, atmospheric tale...punctured by a gut-punch twist" (Entertainment Weekly), A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a story of survival, courage, and hope amid the ruins of our world.

My name's Griz. I've never been to school, I've never had friends, and 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.

"This unputdownable story has everything - a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs." (Kirkus, starred review) 

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

Critic Reviews

"Fletcher's suspenseful, atmospheric tale imagines a near future in which our world is in ruins.... An adventure saga punctured by a gut-punch twist." (Entertainment Weekly

"[A] heart-and gut-wrenching tale of a post-apocalyptic world.... A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World takes a memorable journey of loyalty and love and transforms it into an unraveling mystery of self-discovery and exploration.... This is the story of trust and loyalty within a family, and finding your own pack - even if they're different from the pack you were born into." (Bookpage

"The hunt for Jess propels this story forward like a rocket, and Fletcher does a masterful job keeping the stakes high and the suspense crackling while still creating plenty of space for readers to get to know Griz and explore this fascinating not-quite-empty world. This unputdownable story has everything-a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)  

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Ah, NOT for animal lovers!

I was so tempted to quit listening to this book on several occasions. But it has gotten so many 5-star reviews, I thought it had to get better. Well, the author did attempt to salvage this morbid and discouraging work at the end; but two pages of hope was insufficient for me. I can summarize the plot as follows: shit happens, then bad shit happens, and then even worse shit happens. Then at the VERY end things improve a little, but by then it's too late for the reader to get much enjoyment, that is unless you happen to like deep, dark depression.
And as for animal lovers, NO! I am very attached to my dog and him to me so the kidnapping of a beloved pet and its torture along with pain inflicted on horses does not make for a comfortable narrative, let alone a jaunty listen.
In the book, Fletcher turns foreshadowing into low art. He so overuses it that it becomes an artifice. Every "page" seemed to end with the hint of what's to come. But rather than add drama to draw the reader in, it served as discouragement to listen further. "Oh god, you mean things get even worse?!"
And lastly, the book's premise is based on a lie which is ironic. Fletcher uses a character to weave lying through the story, forcing the hero to contemplate lying's use and morality. Yet Fletcher lies to the reader/listener. Sure he explains it away, yet it remains a poor plot device. Some may think it creates a surprise ending. I think it is just lazy writing.

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PPAF (Positive Post Apocalyptic Fiction)

I read/listen to ALOT of apocalyptic fiction.... zombies, aliens, diseases, meteorites, EMPs and everything in between.
I purchased this book because I enjoyed the author's last book "The End of the World Runner's Club" (which was a bit darker).
It's safe to say that this book, if anything else, is unique in the genre.
Strangely innocent yet full of wisdom.
If you love animals you will enjoy this book that much more.
Narration is not too shabby, although I do think there are more appropriate narrators out there for this story.
All in all, recommended.

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Kept me guessing. Wonderfully told!

I adored the story of Griz, a boy who rushes out into an unknown post-apocalyptic world to rescue his stolen dog.

I am so glad that the author himself read this book. His calming voice helped weave a poetic melody into an already vivid world.

The story is told directly to us through Griz. Well, through the journal that he keeps with him at all times. It was interesting not knowing at which points along the journey he was writing and it helped keep me guessing as to how his story would end.

Griz's journal is written to "You," a person who was alive before the end of the world. This allows Griz to continually wonder at the differences in our world and point out how different the two must have been. Breaking this fourth wall, in my opinion, is not always done well, but I really enjoyed the way it played into the story line here.

Along the way, Griz faces adventure, dangerous situations, and leads us down many twists and turns. He uses a lot of foreshadowing that had me wrongly guessing which way the story would go. Now that I know which turn it took, I fully believe that I will read this story again in the future.

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Not Your Standard World’s End

A refreshing and imaginative perspective on the post-apocalypse story, from the viewpoint of a teen named Griz whose dog is stolen, and who sets out to retrieve her, sailing into a harrowing world with a total remaining population of about seven thousand.

In a way, it’s reminiscent of the “Life After People” documentary on the History Channel; not identical, but just as ingenious.

Griz sits in an ancient church and tries to imagine what those organ pipes sounded like—and can’t. People have been gone for more than a century, along with their recordings and the ability to play them. No antibiotics survive, but folk remedies are often effective.

Train tracks are the first things that forests take over, because the gravel roadbeds are better landing spots for windblown seeds than pavement. Walking the railroad routes has become impossible in an age where walking is about the only means of transportation. Who knew?

And then, in the last 90 minutes, everything changes. Everything.

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Everything I wanted and more

This will be one of the top five books I've received from Audible. I was drawn in initially because of the title as I'm a huge animal lover but once I read the description, I was excited to listen to it. What an amazing journey it was! It had great character development and terrific story line. Everything was covered.....love, trust, friendship, fear, laughter, angst and being true to yourself.

Little did I know there would be unsuspected surprises at the end! OMG!

Since the author, C. A. Fletcher, narrated, I was a little cautious about that as my experience with authors who narrate their own books has not been a good thing. I was more than pleasantly surprised to find his voice was just perfect to tell this tale. Obviously he knew his characters very very well and it came out beautifully.

I cannot recommend this book more highly. I think you will be surprised and pleased with it as I was. Bravo!

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Wow

I loved it! Grizz (I hope that's the spelling) is such a great character and had such an awesome adventure! I honestly felt attached to the story and wished the end didn't come so soon, though making it linger on could have ruined it. C. A. Fletcher, I just want to say thank you for a great story.

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Boy+Dog=Adventure

I enjoyed this book; The "story" told through a journal kept by Grizz. There are a few plot holes, but overall, they do not hinder the story. If you like stories about dogs, dystopia, or adventure, you will love this book. It is read by the author, who IMO was a perfect reader for his title. Its unfortunate, this title hasn't gotten much promotion because it is a terrific story.

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Surprisingly Good

I had low expectations going in, but the story kept pulling me in. The ending was completely unexpected but quite satisfying.

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i absolutely love this story

You will love the characters in this book. Even the bad guys. it makes mw think of Robinson Crusoe.. better in fact. i especially loved that noone was a caricature. peoples first instinct isnt to murder. If the author makes this a series ill be buying every book

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"Things could be worse...... and then it was. "

I really tried to like this book.
First, the dog is prop, not a character. That was ok with me but for people who like to anthropomorphize animals, it would be a disappointment.
Post apocalyptic novels are not my favorite genre. Good ones say something about the human condition or human nature or have some sort of bigger message other than "Things are gonna suck."
I liked the character development and general plot. But I spent 10+ hours waiting for something entertaining or enlightening to happen. There is potential here from this auther. I hope he aims higher.

Regarding the performance. He has a nice voice. Unfortunately, if you are the author and the book is written in the first person and the character is a completely age and <redacted as a spoiler>, DONT READ YOUR OWN BOOK. It totally spoiled the book especially given the twists and turns at the end.

It was just a grim 10 hours of listening.

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