I realize I am in the minority on this one, and considered a "Stone" by some for not liking this selection. Probably I am a pie-eyed optimist and this story-line just couldn't connect with me.
The narrator made the father sound like Eeyore. The son was, appropriately so, terrified and not knowing why. I saw no hope offered by the father or anyone. Truly, I saw nothing positive at all from this tale.
And if this is how the world is going to end (I pray to God not), then I also pray to God that He takes me before it happens.
What an amazing novel! Absolutely enjoyed this... the imagery was my favorite part, and the relationship between the boy and the father really should make this book universally appealing.
Only reason I didn't give this five stars was because I think this book would have been better read than listened to it. Some parts I would have preferred to stop and dwell a bit. The prose is really magnificnt in a few places, and I feel that the audio experience might have made them seem a bit cheap.
A terrific/gripping read. I like to actually read the books while listening. My gripe is that the narrator changes many of the author's words! In one instance, the narrator completely changed the meaning of a sentence. Where does this narrator get off changing the words in a Pulitzer Prize winning Novel? I was really surprised by this.
That's the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars from me. It's a great,must read/listen, you'll never forget.
This is the most astonishingly depressing thing I have ever listened to. This book is well written, but whoa, the storyline is bleak and gory. Do not purchase this audiobook if you are looking for a light listen, or something to make you feel good. The book is full of cannibalism and is not for the weak of heart.
Which is exactly where this book puts you - just wanting it to all end - for everyone. So depressing and all I kept thinking is "why" - why are they walking towards the ocean, how long have they been walking - how long has this been going on - for the boys entire life - question after question until finally I wonder "why" am I depressing myself trying to get through this book? No good reason - fast forward to the end, listen to the inevitable and turn it off!!
The author writes with such a poetic style that this book is really interesting to listen to. The story is dark so it may not be everyone's cup of tea.
Narration was excellent.
When I saw this book reviewed on Oprah, and her interview with the author, I was intrigued enough to want to read it. Until I got it on Audible, however, I just didn't have time.
Now I've listened to it, and even though the narrator is absolutely fantastic and the story relatively moving, I honestly felt like the author spent more time droning on and on using adjectives and adverbs which just didn't fit the nouns and verbs they were modifying.
To make things worse, McCarthy apparently doesn't feel the need to name his main characters, which is fine, I suppose, though I am more likely to care about a character that I can name, rather than "the man" or "the boy" over and over ad nauseam. Add to that the fact that he NEVER once distinguishes between "the man" = main character, and "the man" = various random encounter whilst on the road, and we have momentary contextual confusion as our brains try to sort out just which "the man" is doing or saying a thing. Even when there is no pointless third person, there are moments when the pronoun "he" is used without clarification of whether "he" is the man or the boy.
This was my first experience with Oprah's book list, and I have to say I'm disappointed, but not surprised. McCarthy has written a novel swallowed up by the "intellectual elite", which is to say he's an emperor in new clothes, and if we can't see them, we must be silly fools, though I'd be surprised if many of the people who laud this book really truly cared about it at all beyond earning the right to say "Why, yes, I read that masterpiece!".
Summary: Great narration. Decent character development. Vivid, though occasionally obscure descriptions. Gruesome, ghastly, and occasionally depressing - which, considering the setting, fit very well. Once you get past the author patting himself on the back for having a huge vocabulary (aka access to a thesaurus) it becomes easy to get lost in this sad world with these two lonesome drifters.
Not sure how many times those words appeared in this book, usually as answers to the very questions that you would expect to be revealed in a post-apocalyptic novel. The dialogue was stilted for reasons like this, most exchanges between the man and the boy being single sentences, circular, repetative, and unfulfilling to the overall arc of the story. The story is literally going somewhere since the characters are literally always moving down the road. But that seems to be it, things happen but they don't every seem to have any sort of meaning. I think that is why some people like it, and I guess that is the point. As for me, I can handle dark (and it is very dark) and I can handle profound ideas that take time to develop and unfold. But in this case, I think people just expect it to be there, and marvel at it for that reason alone.
It is also important to note that I don't believe this book lends itself very well to audio. However, I think it would adapt well to the screen so maybe the movie will be very successful.
With so many "dark" stories (books and movies) out there in the world, I was unprepared for one that would really be DARK. I deeply regret listening to this book. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, and more than a year after listening to this book it still haunts me. I need to remind myself that the premise of the book is illogical, ingenerous and improbable. I wish mightily that someone had adequately warned me before I bought this book about the images that I was about to permanently put into my head. So consider yourself warned.