• As the Stars Fall

  • A Heartwarming Dog Novel (Books for Dog Lovers, Book 1)
  • By: Steve N Lee
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Desperate Dog. A Scarred Girl. A Bond Nothing Can Break.  

An injured, young dog trudges the city streets, trembling from cold, from fear, from lack of food. Battered by the howling wind, he searches desperately for his lost family, yet day after day, week after week, all he ever finds is heartbreaking loneliness. But then, one magical spring morning....  

Across town, a little girl sobs into her pillow in the dead of night. Her life devastated by a family tragedy, she can’t understand how the world can just carry on. Her days once overflowed with childhood joys, yet now, despair, darkness, and emptiness smother her like a shroud. But then, one magical spring morning....  

…the dog and the girl meet.  

In a tale as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking, As the Stars Fall explores how compassion can make us whole again and friendship can heal even the most broken of hearts. 

©2020 Steve N Lee (P)2021 Steve N Lee

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Heartfelt and heart wrenching

This book is so heartfelt, but heart wrenching. My heart went out the Dog, when he was small and on his own. Seeing life from the perspective of our faithful furry friends, was heart warming and heart wrenching at parts. Knowing what Kai went through while waiting on Mia, his Alpha, to return and all the fun things he did along with her as well. It makes me appreciate my dog that much more. I cried through parts of this and thought of what my dog had to go through when I was sick and away from the house for a very long time. I believe every person with a pet needs to read this or listen to it and get a small interpretation of what our beloved pets go through. This is an amazing book.

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A special relationship

A beautiful, heartwarming story. I absolutely loved how the story is told from the very unique perspective of the dog.

Steve N Lee immediately captured my interest and heart with this tale. I experienced the full range of emotions while listening. This is a story that will definitely stick with me.

Karissa Vacker gave a fantastic performance. I love how she was able to bring out all of emotions so effortlessly.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Five stars all the way!

This book touched my heart more than anything I've read in a long time. The story told from the point of view of a dog rescued from a dismal life by a young girl who is as in need of someone to love as the dog is. This story was as heartwarming as it was heart wrenching. I cried. I knew I would. The story was worth the tears. I really loved that it attempted to give us the possible thoughts of the dog, but the high point of the book had to be the love and devotion apparent in the bond between dog and girl (his alpha).

I listened to the audio version of this book. The narration by Karissa Vacker was incredible.

I was gifted a copy of this audiobook by the author. All thoughts are my own.

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A Dog’s View of Life and Much More

This novel takes an unusual approach to storytelling: it’s written in the third person from the point of view of Dog (who is later named Kai). Dog is a sweet, streetwise puppy who has clearly been mistreated in his short life. He is rescued from life on the street by nine years old Mia and “Daddy”.

Kai’s insights into humanity are sometimes funny and sometimes incredibly accurate. He actually thinks he is training Mia rather than the other way around. He soon comes to realize that Mia is the Alpha in their pack of three. Kai and Mia discover that grief and fear are best overcome together.

Kai describes his world from a true dog’s perspective. Dog lovers will recognize many of his “gifts” and behaviors in their own dogs. His unconditional devotion to Mai is quite realistic.

I started writing my review at the halfway point in the book. But I had to revise most of it when I got about a third of the way in and the book took an unexpected turn. (My initial review suggested that this was a good family book, but I believe that parents should read/listen first before sharing with children.)

The story is a tearjerker, so have some tissues handy when you read. I look forward to other books in this series of books for dog lovers.

Karissa Vacker was the perfect voice for Kai.

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Loved listening to this story

I enjoyed listening to this story. I laughed so much at the thoughts and antics during the book. My family has had talks about what do we think the pets are thinking. And this book were never any of the discussions we had.

I was very surprised at times and could not get to the end fast enough. Astonishingly the story ending was such a surprise. You will not regret listening to this book. I did receive a copy. However, this review is my opinion and I highly recommend this book.

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A Dog Story Not To Be Missed

Though I wasn’t sure I’d like a story told from a dog’s point of view, Lee did a wonderful job of getting inside a homeless canine’s head. And narrator Karissa Vacker completely brought the story to life.

After reading this book, I doubt that you’ll ever look at a stray dog in the same way. This little puppy can’t locate his mother and siblings so he struggles to fill his empty stomach and stay away from danger.

That is until a little girl finds him, and her dad agrees that she can adopt him. At that point, many lives begin to change.

This is a little different than other dog books I’ve read. It captures exactly what I imagine a dog’s thoughts might be as the days go by. And Lee does it beautifully,

My Concerns
Both of these concerns are small, but at the same time kept the book from being 5 stars.

I wish the plot had developed differently. It’s not the sad part that concerned me, but rather my lack of emotion when two events happened. Maybe more of a build-up, especially to the first event, which felt very sudden, would have helped me. (Sorry, I have to be a bit vague so I don’t spoil what happens.)

The story felt a tad too convenient and predictable, though it tied together and didn’t leave any loose ends.

Final Thoughts
This audiobook was absolutely worth listening to, especially if you like books with dogs and sad, but in the end, feel-good stories.

Consider putting Steve N. Lee on your radar. After looking at all the books he has to offer, and his ability to write, I certainly am!

My thanks to the author for a gifted audiobook. I was free to express my thoughts, whatever they might be.

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Brilliantly heart-wrenching

Wow.
This book invokes so many emotions, constantly and just … wildly. Even if you’re not a dog person, I expect this book would tear at your heartstrings. And this book stars the absolutely sweetest, most wise-beyond-her-years 9-year-old girl, who, early in, proves just as lovable as ‘Dog’.

The writing is brilliant—I’ll have to see what else this author has out. It’s terrible only in how heartbreaking it is, however ultimately, it’s great. I did predict the end but, not until the last 12 minutes or so of it, so I’m not sure that counts.

It’s also not quite like anything else I’ve ever read or seen, which is quite a feat.

This is a tale of friendship and loyalty, in their purest forms.

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Perfect narration, very well 5-star performance.

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Excellent Story

I loved this book from the dog’s POV. There were many laugh out loud moments when Kai interprets human behavior. This book is heartwarming and heartbreaking.

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Everybody's sad: story and narrator

If you have any kind of depressive tendencies, steer clear of this unless you like tear-inducing tales, and I am not saying that lightly: this is a heart-wrenching story. A friend recommended this book to me, so I thought I'd get the audio. The book is well-written. As a dog lover, I always feel that animals have an internal dialogue, as we humans do. Possibly faulty or wishful thinking on my part. So hearing the dog, Kal speak was interesting. But the audiobook could've been improved by a more upbeat narration in certain segments. The narrator chose a tone and stuck with it throughout. It's not a Disney movie, I know. The reader is clearly a professional reader, but I would've liked someone with acting chops like Whelan/DeCuir/Zachman to have had a whack at bringing the dog to life. And anyway, why wasn't a dude narrating this book? Kal is a male dog. Whatever. But overall, okay. I might move on to the second book and see if that narrator is a better match. Because? I love dogs. Points off story for super sadness factor; points off narration for super sad and monochromatic reading.

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A beautiful story

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. For all dog lovers out there, this is definitely a must read. The unique writing brings forth the familiar world we know in an unfamiliar and adorable way and fascination about things we barely cared about. It is a very wholesome book with deep exploration into emotions, grief, loss, happiness, joy and love. It also brings forth the visuals of the book in a very different way, from that of an observer whose senses are very different from ours, and the world that is painted within the book is simply beautiful. Narration Karissa Vacker is perfect. She brought forth the characters in the book so well, and the emotions within wonderfully. Just thinking about it gave me chills, she created such a wonderful listening experience.

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  • Kirsty Barrett
  • 02-16-22

all the emotions

This book was fantastic. I loved seeing things from the dogs perspective. The book had me laughing in places and crying several times. The ending few chapters are heartwrenching stuff. Excellent writing.

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  • Emma Vago
  • 12-10-21

Beautiful but emotional read!

This book is a truly beautiful but emotional read. If you’re a dog or animal lover this is the book for you!

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  • Daryl-lynn
  • 10-15-21

Absolutely Nailed it.

Excellent first time round, even better, narrated. listened to this at work and couldn't turn it off finished it the same day.A must for any animal lover.
I would certainly recommend this.
Now looking forward to more.