The story is good and the characters are lovable but my goodness this book was depressing as heck. I liked the ending even though it was sad, and the reader was ok. It was made into a movie but I don't think I want to see it. Just too darn depressing.
This is a tough book to get through, only because of the subject. Everything feels so bleak and seems hopeless. But, in thinking about it, I imagine that life after a nuclear war would seem that way. Then, if you look at the main characters in the story, it is not bleak and hopeless at all. Their is love and devotion, in fact, it is that very love and devotion that carries them through to the end, which, is in itself, very full of hope. A father and his son... guys, what would you do? Could you handle this? Or would you fall apart? Listen to this book, and walk the road with them, you will be glad you did!
It's billed as a survival story, true enough. But again and again during the book, I asked myself to define "survival." McCarthy shows us its cost, its great cost. We contemplate surviving at all cost. And then? Would we still be "carrying the fire?" Tom Stechschulte's voice gives a spare but solid life to the number of times the word "ash" is needed for this tale. I experienced the masterpiece in broad daylight, which I began to cherish anew with every paragraph.
For a while I thought that the boy was a made up person in the 'father's' mind. The author takes the well defined theme of a post apocalypse scenario and strips it down to the essentials of a road story of survival. Very well read and it is a beautifully written story. Similar to 'The Passage' in parts, or 'Dies the Fire', and other sci fi novels of the dystopia kind, it focuses on the relationship between father and son.
Yes, I like his writing.
I am still thinking about this one. so many unanswered questions, but then again maybe no further explanation is needed.
It's not often that I find audiobooks to be better than their print versions... however, The Road is a rare exception. Tom Stechschulte's raspy voice is absolutely perfect for this novel, and he does an exceptional job of bringing McCarthy's chilling yet lyrical prose to life.
The Road-while heartbreaking-is truly a pleasure to listen to.
The Man. Tom does an excellent job conveying his love and devotion to the Boy.
I haven't...but now I want to download everything he's ever done.
The Road is a perfect name.
Exceptionally well done.
I Love reading books, My Job makes that difficult, so Audio Books have re-opened the Universe to my Soaring Imagination!
WOW. The movie does an ok job, but does not fully grip the emotional feelings when you listen to the story. McCarthy really captured the love between a Father and Son in this story. He did a great job of focusing on the bond, the connection and driving force between the two.
Tom did an Awesome job of capturing the characters in this reading. I would LOVE to read a sequal, and find out what becomes of the Boy who carries the fire!
It was so different. The man or the boy didn't have names but they didn't need names.
What was happening at that time was so important . You kept hoping things would change for both of them.
I always get so much more having the book read to me.
When the cart was stolen from them . The conflict between the father & son was really raw feelings.
It's a great story. So glad I picked it.
This is one of those books that is more a feeling and a flow of the words across the page rather than an overwhelming plot. You won't regret picking this up and having a good afternoon listen.
This seems to be the inspirations for several modern day horror shows, like the Walking Dead, Rage, Skyline, etc... This was haunting people driven to cannibilizim and even worse butchery to survive in a world that was never truly said how it happened, like a classic old horror movie this novel is one of the best I have ever read...being a young author this has trely inspired me to finish my own work and has influenced me as a person, be thankful that we have these privileges while we still can.
Thank you Cormac Maccarthy.