This is a bleak picture of our possible future wherein the bonds of love between a father and son still remain. Listening to this book, I often thought of The Gunslinger by Stephen King. There is that same relentlessness of pushing on into a desperate future; pushing on down the road, or the path of a beam, that leads to a kind of end for one and a new beginning for the other.
I found the narration by Tom Stechschulte to be excellent and am looking forward to listening to the other unabridged recordings of McCarthy's works from audible.
This was a difficult book to listen to. It was just so bleak, which of course was the point. I find the images in this book haunting me even now, a year after listening to it. When I think back, it was an amazing book to have affected me so profoundly without even having realized it at the time.
The Man's plight tears at you heart with relentless and pitiless ferocity. You are given nothing on which to base any hope of normal, human contact. The social contract is in tatters and has blown away on the ash laden winds that howl over a barren and blasted Earth. Read this and pray to any and all gods that you die before you have to endure what the Man endures for the Boy.
This was a very well written book. That's why I gave it a high score. The story doesn't really go anywhere and the few moments of excitement are few and far between. It's shortish length turns out to be a blessing as I don't think there would be much more tale to tell beyond what is already here.
A father struggles to keep his son from falling prey to the cannibalistic horrors of a post-apocalyptic world while trying to teach compassion and humanity to one-another. Sad, Gruesome, with a sprinkle of hope.
This book has an interesting premise but is somewhat morose. The book is a liitle slow in places. I listened until the end because I was waiting for some type of redemption. The charactor development was intriging but missed something. Enjoyable but far from a must listen.
I loved the audio version of "No Country for Old Men", but this book, though very dark, was a wonderful piece of art. Much more intense in human emotions and relationships than "No Country". I think the boiled down version of the earth gives way to the human soul. Also, to be able to feel the unspoken thoughts of the two, and their situation gives much credit to the author. You find yourself wanting so much for them.
I really wanted to get into this book, but just couldn't. The rhythm was just off for me. I just could not develop any interest or empathy for the protagonists. I ended up giving up 1/3 the way. Maybe it was about to get better? I just couldn't stand it anymore.
A friend asked me to describe this book, and I had a hard time doing so, honestly. Ultimately what I said was this, and I think it fits darn well, quite frankly:
"You know when you're sitting at home, minding your own business, and all of a sudden, you see a large spider out of the corner of your eye? You get up and launch a book at it, killing it. And five minutes later, when you've resumed minding your own business, you can't help but glance back over into that exact same spot every 90 seconds for the remainder of the night - as if that spider is going to come back for revenge, or it's buddies are going to come looking for him and stage an assault. Well - the entire book feels like THAT."
I hope that makes sense. I promise - it will after you read The Road.