I think Cormac McCarthy is one of the best living writers... and The Road is a work of art; like a painting it needs to be observed carefully until every stroke from the brush to the canvas is filled with meaning and feeling.
You might compare it to The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, because of it's infinite sadness and incredible hatred to the human condition.
Tom gives a personal tone, intonation, accent and sound to each one of the characters and his performance gives the listener a great deal of realism.
We carry the fire inside.
Do not read if you are feeling depressed... This novel is not a happy story.
I love the book and this audio book is just as good. I do have to wonder how safe a driver I am when all of a sudden Im at my destination and remember nothing of the drive because I was so involved in my audio book!
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
When they find the underground compound full of food.
The plot! Why in the world this book received so much acclaim is beyond me. Only the clinically depressed could enjoy such depravity, darkness and dreadful despair.
I don't know yet.
Yes, it made me more careful in choosing books for my next listen
Say something about yourself!
After reading the book I will definately not be renting the movie. This is my second McCarthy novel and same as the last one... I just don't get this author's appeal. I will not be going back for a third helping.
It was so-so. The story is silly. It's so over-the-top dark that it's ridiculous at times. Yes, people can be horrible, but the level of horrible in this book is totally overdone. It was not believable, at least to me. And the story becomes highly predictable. The prose is also over the top. It's adjective soup. I'm stunned that this overwrought piece won the Pulitzer. I must be missing something here.
Least interesting was its predictability. I'm trying to think of what I thought was most interesting, but can't.
The ending, albeit predictable. Can't tell whether I liked it because I was glad the story finally came to an end and I could buy a different book, or because I enjoyed the exchange between the good guy stranger and the boy. Probably a bit of both.
If you're looking for a good Pulitzer winner, I'd suggest The True Story of Ned Kelly or Olive Kitteridge, but not this. Either I'm off my nut (entirely possible) or the Pulitzer committee was off its.
The narrator was very good. He kept the tone of the book: dark, undramatic even in dramatic circumstances whch suited the whole world as it was in the book: grey, unflinching, plodding. I have listened to it two times. Apocolyptic stoires are my favorites. Stephen King's The Stand for example. If any readers have any other suggestions I would welcome them.
Well I sort of liked the story, it was a little sad and depressing for me but having said that it still kept my interest... even though nothing realy ever happens in the end. I think a better plot line would have made this book ten times better IMO. Not a book I would read again.
Yes, if you can handle the concept. It is not for the faint of heart.
Watching the characters evolve over a short period of time. The boy is an unshakable source of good, and will keep the flame alive.
Every scene is memorable, but it is hard to shake the picture of a gutted human infant roasting over a campfire by desperate people.
The man. His selfless devotion to the boy is a classic.
McCarthy is the American Dickens. His use of the language is incredible. I hope he sees the Nobel Prize during his lifetime.
Struggle, empty, existence
Absolutely incredible performance. He brought the characters to life in that way that draws you in and makes you feel like you know them.
The book created a feeling of emptiness which made even the touching & tender moments less compelling & emotional. In a world mostly void of care in almost any regard it makes it difficult for a reader to connect. However, that being said I DID get somewhat emotional a few times.
The writing is creative and at times poetic. However the writing is trumped by the unbelievability of the setting & story. There's almost a Mad Max feel to the story. There's nothing wrong with that, but I felt torn as to how I am supposed to view where this world came from.
It was depressing and heart-wrenching, but the story is told so wonderfully. Tom Stechschulte really brings the father-son relationship in this story to life. The author tells relates a simple fictional story, but the way he does it makes it seem like you are there, experiencing it with the characters. It really drew me in. I usually listen to books during my commute and one morning I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot at work, sobbing, not just crying, but actually sobbing out loud. I have not cried like that for a long time. I had to sit in my car for a while and compose myself. It makes me tear up a bit as I write this. I would definitely recommend it if you think you can handle the emotions it invokes.
On a side-note, the movie is really good too!