The description of the book was intriguing and so were the reviews, decided to get it on one of Audible's sales. Had never read any Cormac McCarthy books before. Excellently narrated and interesting but depressing story. Halfway through, I'm thinking, what am I doing listening to this, it's not going to be a pretty ending. Glad I stuck with it. Learned you just have to carry the fire and have hope.
I hope not.
The Crying Child and the Nannar Daddy. Oh wait yeah that's pretty much everyone.
Almost afraid to watch the movie again. I do NOT remember it being this bad.
Give me plausible sci-fi and I will read you forever.
I would listen to this book again for two reasons. First, it was an excellent story. Second, I am certain that there were subtleties in the dialog and some important clues I missed the first time, and I want to experience them.
The book is so intense that the entire journey sticks with you. You live it along with the characters and therefore the story becomes like a memory in your own mind.
The performer was key to this book's audio enjoyment. The dialogue is simple, and therefore, the proper emotion and inflections are needed. The performer does an excellent job with the dialogue and con
I've only listened to a handful of audiobooks, but I think this one might be my favorite.
I thought it was very authentic. Reminded me of tough, yet warm people from my native rural Texas.
There's not a lot of action in this story...not much happens most of the time. I would only recommend this to people who have a strong degree of empathy and/or who can appreciate good writing.
I love the narrator's dry, wry, droll approach to the father in the book. I also heard this narrator in No Country for Old Men - which I also loved in spite of the graphic, violent eruptions throughout.
That sometimes I can't wait to crank it up again -- and that sometimes I know it's too intense for me at the moment. Both the story and the narrator "invite" you to come into their world each time you press "play." You can go - or just not listen.
Yes - see above. His voice for the boy is a little whiny for my liking, but I am hoping this develops more as the character continues to mature.
I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
I was prepared for a bleak read when I started The Road, but it painted such a hopeless picture that the bleakness lost its meaning for me. True, McCarthy's characters talk about "carrying the fire," and the ending contained a sliver of hope, but I just couldn't help but feel that they had absolutely nothing to live for. Compounding the numbing sense of constant despair was the fact that nothing really happens in the story. The man and his son are heading towards the sea, but with no real possibility of anything awaiting them there. Mostly, the story is just about how they survive as they make their way along the road.
I'm sure that the genius of this work is not in what happens, but in how McCarthy paints the picture. Sadly, it just didn't resonate with me. It had flashes of brilliance, but otherwise, I was happy when it ended and I could escape The Road's hyper-depressing world.
The performance, the words, the story, the unending hopelessness that dragged you through it. Absolutely beautiful.
Everything. He enraptured the world and the tone beautifully.
I read the print version of this book in 2007 and at that time I declared it to be one of the best books I had ever read. Now, in 2013, I have just finished listening to the audio book and now have no doubt that it is THE BEST book I have ever read.
This time I knew the ending and I so was free to fully experience the road traveled by the man and the boy. I remembered what had made it such a powerful read and so I was actually able to appreciate it even more. The genius is in the subtlety, it is in the road traveled. I will never say in words what made it so perfect, in the same way that magic is no longer magic if you tell its secrets.
The narration is masterful.
one of the most depressing stories i've ever read. tried listening on the way to work and depressed me the whole day, then tried before going to bed at night and it was worth. towards the end, i couldn't wait for the story to finish so the ordeal would be over. that said, it's masterfully written. literary work of art.
I dont think the plot made clear just why they had to travel to the beach. The movie didnt either.
The narration overall was good, I was just dissappointed with the plotline. The main chacter as narrated by Tom was good.
Yeees..... But I must admit that it did drag on in some places.
The storyline had a very dismal and hopeless feel about it. Maybe this is why I couldnt take to it. If that was the intent, and I think it was by the author, then he achieved it in my opinion. I just like stories, even hopeless situation ones, to be a little more positive. At times I thought when reading that the main character was so demoralised that he would just end it all.