The Road is a superbly written but unusal story about a world we should all hope we never see. It is what we don't know that makes The Road such an unusual story. We don't even know the names of the characters, or the circumstance that created the post-amagedon world that is the setting. McCarthy must be the master of the descriptive methaphor, a tool that is maybe over used. All up, an excellent listen with very good narration. Why not a 5? I'd like to have known more about the people and what makes them tick so we can understand them more, and why the world ended the way it did. There was room for another 100 pages. This story reminds us how easy life is for many of us, and how much we'd lose if it all ended.
Although this book is an exceptional work of literary fiction by one of the best American authors of our time, Cormac McCarthy and the narration by Tom Stechschulte was also marvelously well done, I just couldn't give it a five star rating.
I love science fiction, especially post-apocalyptic science fiction, but I feel that this book isn't for everyone. I found it extremely dark, depressing and disturbing. I seriously doubt I'll ever listen to this Audible book again - there are images far too grim and yet horribly plausible that I just can't get out of my head.
Highly Recommended for Lovers of Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction but definitely not for everyone!
The author is widely acclaimed but his style takes some getting used to. It's kind of flowery, he is Mr. Adjective. But by the end I was used to it and felt like the style was akin to writing in High Def. I watched the movie after listening to the book. The book was better in my opinion but the movie is well done and only deletes some of the story but does change other elements. Interesting point about the movie. All the characters are white except for a thief, who is black. Not sure why.
The two words connected most with reviews of this book are 'bleak' and 'harrowing.' Let's put this in perspective. Yes, the setting of a post-apocalyptic America is bleak and, yes, the speed at which the remnants of society break down and return to neanderthal savagery is harrowing, but they are not the focus of this book, merely the backdrop and one of its symptoms. The true story is one of undying hope, of incredible courage, and of the power of the desperate love shared between a father and his son. It is uplifting and heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking. But it is extraordinarily beautiful. Considering the position McCarthy put himself in by creating such a monotonous journey in such a monotonous place, it is a testimony to his incredible gift that he pulled it off with such majesty. Worth every one of its rave reviews. An absolute must.
This is not an easy read...er, listen. The story is bleak, heartbreaking, frightening and profound. I have always liked this author for his dreamlike and direct writing style. He's not easy though; and I do struggle through his books, but I never feel disappointed when I'm done. Not only was this book very well written; the narration was excellent. I felt Tom Stecheshulte had the write rythmn; the right inflections and emotion and the write change in voice to bring this story to life. I tend to imagine a story more vividly with audio than when reading and I felt that his narration only enhanced my experience. You take your chances when having a book read to you. I have listened to quite a few audio books and I find it incredibly distracting and almost disgusted when the narration is even remotely sub-par. There is no danger of that on this reading. Cormac is not for everyone, but if you keep an open mind you might be very glad you took the time to experience this story.
Fantastic. Simply fantastic. I'm not usually a fan of apocalyptic fiction, mostly because it seems the genre has been really overdone in recent years. The Road, however, reads like the OG of end-of-the-world stories.
Although the plots are very different, the only thing I can really compare it to is Richard Mathison's I Am Legend. The emotional responses generated by these stories are similar in their intensity and subject matter. While listening to The Road, it's impossible not to wonder what you'd do in this or that situation. I was alternatly horrified and touched, and over the course of what is weeks and weeks in the story, but somehow less than 7 hours in audiobook time, I developed as complex and as strong a bond with the main characters of this book as I have with any other in 30 years of reading. Like Mathisons's I Am Legend, the ending is quietly epic, and will leave you thinking, and again, wondering.
Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. It's a Pulitzer Prize winner for a reason.
Also, the narrator is quite simply the best I've ever heard.
This was my first audio book I have ever listened to, and I really enjoyed it. I felt as if I was a third character walking with the man and boy. It is very depressing, but makes you take a second look at your own life and what you would do in the same situation as the two characters. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
This novel is terrible and beautiful, like all of McCarthy's work. His writing will stand the test of time and, unless the world ends up as it has in this book, he will be remembered and read for generations.
The is is magnificent book but it just tears you heart out....bleak, stark beautifully written - sparse writing but conveys so much. Tom Stechschulte reads is wonderfully.
A great audio experience. The unrelenting hardships and isolation are almost palpable.
The only thing I found a little difficult was the boy being so soft - surely a child born into a world in destruction would grow up more self reliant and capable.
Enjoyed the audio far more than the movie.