I have never liked anything else Cormac McCarthy has ever written, but I devoured "The Road" in one sitting, not able to stop listening. McCarthy's view of how humans would survive a post-apocalyptic situation is pretty different from any other author I've read. Interesting writing style, and the reader handles it very well.
Was such a dreary, hopeless world McCarthy created -- had me thinking about it for days after finishing. Was the first McCarthy novel I had read. I've since been back for all of his other available audio books. There IS some hope to be found in this story; I was just amazed at how little of it there was to go around.
I almost put this down because I found it depressing at first, but I am so glad I stayed with it. I was moved to tears on more than one occassion while listening to this audio. It takes some willingness to be vulnerable as you listen in order to experience the profound intimacy which was shared by the father and his son.
The story is "cold", "grey", and full of "ash", but it is a story of perseverence. In a situation with little to no hope, you find yourself asking the characters why they are continuing. But if you are a parent (or an eternal optimist), you will understand. Despite little knowledge about the situation leading up to the story, you find yourself engrossed in an apocolyptic time that is believeable and convincing. The ending was a bit disappointing to me. If you are interested in this story, may I recommend "A Brief History of the Dead". Enjoy!
Tom Stechschulte, the narrator of this book, proves himself to be the best interpreter of McCarthy's prose. Reading McCarthy's texts can be difficult at times, which make his achievement all the more impressive. This book isn't for everyone -- McCarthy's bleak view of human nature has NO resolution or happy endings. But, it's an impressive work and will rank high in the canon of "Doomsday" literature.
The book itself is as beautifully spare and desolate as the landscape it describes. The text is relentless, and sets the tone for their slow march to the sea.
The narrator did a superb job giving voice to the characters, and I am even more impressed with him now that I have heard him read No Country for Old Men, which shows off his range even better.
The style of storytelling was grey and bleak which built on the feeling of what the story was telling. I was disturbed by that sense of hopelessness; and at the same time, was totally drawn into the character's personality. It was fascinating to me to have an entire book be both intriguing and repulsive.