Absolutely! I would listen to this book again and again. As a superlative piece of writing, The Road is multi-layered, and on each subsequent exposure it reveals nuances not seen in a previous reading (or listening).
The mutual love and caring protection between father and son, played out against the background of a devastated and dying world, is hauntingly sad. The terrible flaw in human kind that brings about complete devastation (probably of the entire planet) and a horrible descent into an inhuman and cannabalistic existance is poignantly juxtaposed against the beautiful spirit of humanity at it finest.
Cormack McCarthy skillfully evokes the nightmare of social collapse while shining a spotlight on what extraordinary heights we could achieve through love. McCarthy is a great writer.
Grim. Insightful. Thought-provoking.
The relationship and trust between the boy and his father is beautifully described and felt in the midst of a dark and gruesome world.
Great visualization of the struggle.
There is a scene where they enter a house, but it's not just a house, and the basement door is locked. Could it be food . . .
I am ledgon
This book provided me with a great deal of entertainment.
I would listen again, I enjoyed the readers ability to transform the characters.
The boy, his naive dialogs made the plot more intense for me as a father. The contrast of innocence and extreme evil kept my interest.
The contrast was amazing from the hard heated father to the innocent boy.
The story is compelling and the characters are richly developed. The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, who also did the reading for
As usual, McCarthy abhors an ending - if you've read other novels by this author or saw the theatrical release of
The father character in this story was fantastic - a calm, quiet man who is struggling to provide for his child in a harsh world. As usual, McCarthy manages to say a lot about his characters without them saying much of anything at all.
The boy was taken in by another family.
A sense of emotion and realism.
When the woman committed suicide.
I wish they had been given names in the book. And maybe explain what happened. It is presumed to be a nuke, but the story is unclear.
This book was my first sojourn into audio books and after listening to it, I may never read another book. This was an emotional book that touched me in ways few books have done in the past. Instead of listening to it like I normally do, at bed time before I go to sleep, I found myself stealing time to listen, and staying up later than what I wanted to.
The story, centering on a father and a son’s journey through a post-apocalyptic world, caused me to time and time again, think of my relationship with my own young son. I wonder how he would handle this situation; how would I handle it.
The mark of a good book is how much it makes you think, and how much it makes you question things that you hold as unwaverable. For this reason, this book is one of those that I will remember for a very long time. I whole heartedly endorse this book.
McCarthy isn't known for having a break-neck pace in his novels. I knew this going in. Nor is he known for telling takes of sunny hope and blooming roses. What he is known for is being a master wordsmith, weaving stark takes with wonderful prose and characters who often times are developed more around what they feel than what they do.
The Road is no different. It is a bleak story. Know that going in. It's meant to be bleak and it succeeds. It is the story of a man who swore to protect his boy no matter what. That is what you watch and very little else. It's not about excitement (although there are some tense moments) and finding "the promise land"... it's about making it one day, one moment, and one step at a time. But the relationship between the two is solid. It's believable, given the circumstances of the book and you feel what they feel.
As a parent of young children, this was especially a poignant novel for me. Found myself thinking of my own kids often in this book.
Stechschulte is one of the best narrators around. I remember his work on Shutter Island and he is no less brilliant here. Deep and cautious in his reading he is like a warm fire on a cold night.
IN SHORT: If you're looking for a post-apocalyptic thriller with a lot of excitement and action, you might want to look elsewhere. This is meant to be a character study, a true tale of "what would you do" in this situation.