A dark story, well written and well read. A good one for those interested in post-apocalyptic stories.
Kinda book that won`t let you do anything else with your free time until you have it all. The narrator is absolutely perfect! And the story puts Mr. Cormac McCarthy on the top of my library.
While the storyline of post apocalypse is certainly bleak, this audiobook is brilliantly written with a outstanding and compassionate reading by Tom Stechschulte. With Cormac McCarthy, one expects the unusual, both in an innovative narrative and also in challenging subject matter. Here, we live with a father and son in the most challenging of circumstances but with a bond and a love that transcends the physical world, now clearly destroyed and the remnants of humanity. This is simply an extraordinary book, read with perfection. Fasten your seat-belts, it's a hell of a ride.
I have never liked anything else Cormac McCarthy has ever written, but I devoured "The Road" in one sitting, not able to stop listening. McCarthy's view of how humans would survive a post-apocalyptic situation is pretty different from any other author I've read. Interesting writing style, and the reader handles it very well.
Was such a dreary, hopeless world McCarthy created -- had me thinking about it for days after finishing. Was the first McCarthy novel I had read. I've since been back for all of his other available audio books. There IS some hope to be found in this story; I was just amazed at how little of it there was to go around.
I almost put this down because I found it depressing at first, but I am so glad I stayed with it. I was moved to tears on more than one occassion while listening to this audio. It takes some willingness to be vulnerable as you listen in order to experience the profound intimacy which was shared by the father and his son.
The story is "cold", "grey", and full of "ash", but it is a story of perseverence. In a situation with little to no hope, you find yourself asking the characters why they are continuing. But if you are a parent (or an eternal optimist), you will understand. Despite little knowledge about the situation leading up to the story, you find yourself engrossed in an apocolyptic time that is believeable and convincing. The ending was a bit disappointing to me. If you are interested in this story, may I recommend "A Brief History of the Dead". Enjoy!