This book is extremely dark, but its message is that there is hope even in a land where sun doesn't shine and nothing grows. The book is packed with detailed narrative and repetitive prose depicting mostly the desperation of a father and a son on a journey to the edge of the human existence.
All in all, the book is the work of a superb writer with a brilliant imagination.
Bonus: The narrator has a soothing voice that makes the reading an excellent experience.
I seldom take the time to write reviews for the books I've read or listened to. I mean, who am I, that you should value my opinion about something as individual as a book? I find myself making an exception in the case of The Road, however, simply becaused I loved this book so much I felt I had to share it with someone.
I found this novel to be frightening, moving, realistic, sad, hopeful... I experienced a whole gamut of emotions as I listened to it. I whipped through it in record time because I couldn't bear to turn it off. It's a story that will stay with me for a long time, and I've already purchased hard copies for a couple of non-audio friends. It's one of the very few audio books I plan to re-read in hard copy & keep for my book shelf (this, after 200+ audio books & four years of Audible membership).
It's beautifully written and well narrated. This short listen is definitely worth your time.
This book kept me interested throughout. It certainly had me rooting for the little boy and his dad. Best book I have listened to since Water for the Elephants.
I don't know why I kept listening to this book. It has no plot and is depressing. The author can certainly write a good description, but nothing really happens in the book. Why bother.
If you want to listen to whining child for hours on end, this is the book for you. I can sum up the first 2hrs, after that I stuck a fork in my ear to end the pain. Poppa I'm scared, it's ok, Pappa I'm hungry, it's ok. Pappa this pappa that, it's ok it's ok (truth is it's not ok). Unfathomable how anyone gave this a good rating. Maybe it get's better later, couldn't get worse. Gotta give anyone who listened to the whole thing credit for their perserverance.
I cannot say I loved this post-apocalyptic novel, it's too bleak and sad. I downloaded it because of McCarthy's reputation as a great story-teller & it's worth listening to just for the sheer experience of his skill as an author. However, the narrator over-dramatised the father and his son, reading emotions into the story I felt weren't there, and therefore making both characters unlikable. I could not separate the reading from the story. I believe the reading of the story should be almost invisible so one can lose oneself in the story. That never happened. Not for one minute did I feel captured within the story because of the way it was read.
I would just like to say that I liked the book.I cried alot.I would not mind listening to any other books by the authur.I can not wait to see it in movie form.
This book went on and on with inane dialog between the two characters, and it never "went" anywhere. I kept hoping for something to happen, but was disappointed all the way through. Dark and depressing.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
The story was very engaging and the narrator was awesome, but what a downer! Seriously. I can't say I really like the story because it was about a boy and his father trying not to starve to death or be eaten by the bad guys in a post-apocaliptic world where the sun does not shine and there are no cities or food or animals. I gave it 3 stars, really 3.5 would have been better because I generally like happier stories, or at least stories that don't make me want to shoot myself after listening to them.