My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Cormac McCarthy has an amazing ability to bend reality enough to show us the ever-present evil lurking all around us. That presence is palpable in this book, but his characters are tenacious in their refusal to succumb. At least, some of them are. And that interplay between the stubborn human refusal to submit, and the immortal evil that never keeps getting closer, is what gives his work so much dark energy. This book becomes a kind of metaphor for the journey that all parents take with their kids.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
One of the best books I have ever read/listened to! I even read it twice. So worth it, great story line and was perfectly told. Wish I would come across more books this fantastic.
I liked that it didn't get into every tiny detail, it was to the point and held to the story. There wasn't one part I wish wasn't there.
This story left me without answering any of the intriguing questions that it brought about with its dark setting. Why did this happen; who were the characters before it happened; where did everybody go? It felt like we as readers were dropped in for a portion of the story too near the end.
Probably not. I don't like being depressed.
His voice lent a lot of roughness to the main character that felt right for this hard survivor.
The letdown of unanswerable questions followed by the deep depression of a story without hope.
The Road is a minimalist, survivalist, futuristic dystopic vision that is raw and unforgiving. Avoid sharp objects nearby when listening. The tale is vague regarding the nature of what had to be a global catastrophe about 10 years earlier. The listener travels with a father and son (no names are ever provided), through a desolate, barren, and nearly lifeless world as they struggle to survive and forge ahead for a warmer environment. There are minor ups and major downs along the way. There is no longer "long term", but merely day to day movement and foraging interrupted by general hopelessness.
Details are intentionally left sketchy. Most likely some global conflagration has created a nuclear winter resulting in lack of sunlight, cold weather everywhere, constant atmospheric ash, and what appears to be a complete loss of plant and animal life. They survive on the little stashes of canned food they scavenge. This is a stark world with no hope, no future, and an unbearable present.
The narration is excellent and conveys the extent of frustration and mental anguish.
....your heart a bit.....and cause you to tear up......It's a very desolate and dark story.....but there are some funny moments and at times, I found myself smiling because of something wonderful that happened to come about for Papa and Son.......it really makes you think about what you would do in that type of situation.......what would you be willing to do to survive and to keep your child safe......I guess you could say that it is a haunting book because it will keep you thinking about it long after you have finished reading it.
Cormac McCarthy is a master of words and sentences. His vocabulary is amazing and he has a wonderful gift of describing people and scenery with a simple elegance. Unfortunately, the stories that he writes are bleak, nihilistic, and depressing. The Road is no exception. I'm a Christian, and I've read a number of recommendations from thoughtful Christians about the importance of McCarthy's work. Some have made comparisons to the book of Judges and Ecclesiastes. Those comparisons are fair. But I see enough of the depravity of man in the world around me. To be candid, I don't want to spend my time reading on and on about death, starvation, pollution, and the ugliness and darkness of the human heart.
For me, reading McCarthy is like looking at a painting that you and everyone else knows is a masterpiece. The brush work, choice of colors, and composition are amazing, and it's obvious that the creator of this work is incredibly gifted. Unfortunately, the painting is just flat-out ugly. That is what The Road is to me--flat-out ugly. I wish I had not read it.
I must, however, give credit to Tom Stechschulte, the narrator. He is one of the best I've heard. The dialogue between "the man" and "the boy" is tough for a performer. It is very difficult for a narrator keep the dialogue interesting when the vast majority of sentences by the main characters consist of: "I know", "I don't know", "yes, of course", "what's bothering you," "nothing", "I don't want to say", etc. Yet, Stechschulte keeps the dialogue moving along and his interpretation of difficult passages was brilliant.
Say something about yourself!
I read this in 2007. It made me feel like I was in the volcanic eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, covered with ash, the sky raining earth ash, the air painful to breathe. I found no hope in the book and I marvel at the no one has remarked on the strongly implied references to the BOY as the messiah? Or should I take that to mean simply that our only hope is in our young? Nope. This kid was special. It was a dark difficult book and I felt no better at the end than the beginning. I agree it was well written but it was depressing from the first word to the last
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
I couldn't stop reading. The man and the boy, "good guys" walking towards warmer weather and other's like them. Together they face the horrors left years after the apocalyse and dangers of traveling. Gradual and sublte changes in voice patterns as son faces fears and becomes a man is incrediably done. If I taught English this would be a mandatory read in high school. I will come back to it again. Think Night by Elie Weisel... the world is horrid but the human spirit of goodness carries the fire. Intense but not profane or vulgar.
Maybe. Okay short listen. You won't get lost if you skip a bit of it as it just picks up wherever you left off.
Story line was ok but there were lots of logic faults in the story. If it is raining most of the time, how come there is ash all over the place after years? The viewpoint character thinks like a well educated professor of literature but talks bumpkin when he talks at all. If the kid grew up after the event that set them on their course, how come he is scared of everything and has no idea of how to act under the circumstances? It's good that the story doesn't give any more detail than the characters experience but this leads to the realization that the story could be summed up as life sucks and then you die.
Yes. To be a critic of writing style. It was more fun to listen to the story and examine it for all the things you learned in school about writing.
We are a couple who love books and occasionally write reviews. We rarely read the same book so our reviews express our individual opinions.
The subject matter is bleak and there is such a strong feeling of hopelessness that I found it hard to listen to the end and was relieved when it was over. Despite the positive aspect of the father's love for the child, it paints a scenario that is devoid of hope until the final few minutes. Do not read if you are suffereing from depression.