I was drawn in on this book immediately. There are only two characters, yet it feels fully populated. I found myself thinking about it at night, even dreaming about it. It was certainly worth the time to read; I have recommended it to many of my friends, and I know I will read it again. And again.
A consuming and powerful story - if a little emotionally draining. If you listen in your car, this is one of those books that has you sitting and listening even after you've arrived at your destination. Excellent narrator.
If you are a McCarthy fan you should not pass this one up. I've heard a number of people remark that this is quite unlike his other works but I disagree. The elements are there -- simple yet powerful storyline, simple yet powerful dialogue. The reader is excellent and well chosen for this material.
Not a fan/familiar with McCarthy ? If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories give this a chance.
This was a tough listen for parents. I'm sure it was tough for anyone that likes kids. I couldn't relax for a minute. The story places the main characters in a constant struggle against the most depraved remnants of society. While it was very engrossing, I was glad when it was over.
I found myself unable to stop listening to this book. This is a heart-felt father and son tale in a post apocolyptic world.
You never learn how things "collapsed" and it really doesn't matter. The story is about the fathers unfaultering desire to protect his son's innoncence in a world gone to hell. Its a story that teaches to find hope in your hear regardless of circumstance- that the things you value are worth fighting for even if you dont really know why anymore.
The descriptions of the environemnts and thoughts are so rich and enthralling you find yourself feeling the bleakness the characters are experiencing. The narration sytle plays along with this perfectly with the story.
When I finshed the first listen all I could do is wipe a tear from my eye and hit the "back" key on my MP3 player to start it again...
fantastic book. very very gloomy and sometimes so depressing that it is hard to keep on listening, but very touching story and superbly read. My favourit audiobook so far.
Despite the poor quality narration, this is an engrossing apocaliptic tale whose dark, dark details is balanced by the portrayal of a beautifully drawn father-son relationship.
Don't let the negative reviews turn you away. This is in some ways a "rough" read, but it's beautifully, sensitively told at the same time.
Take a look at the published reviews for the book (easy enough by Googling the title and author's last name). No controversy there about the place of this work at the top of the escalafon of contemporary novelists.