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.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
At some times this was a disturbing book, and I wanted to stop listening. But I couldn't. This book will stay with you long after you listen.
I find it difficult to rate this book by Cormac McCarthy as throughout I was waiting for the development that never happened. Having said that however it was for some inexplicable reason compelling.
This book was amazing. I now wish I had read it instead of listening, just so it would last longer. It was dark and disturbing for sure, but I can honestly say this is one of the best books I have read in years.
I don't understand the hype about this book. It was extremely difficult to get through. I started listening to this book several months ago and only got through an hour before giving up on it. Then I found out that it was an "Oprah's Book Club" selection, so I decided to give it another listen. It was just as I had remembered. Dull, with no plot. A man and a boy wandering. What is their purpose? Where are they going? If you have kids, you know how they like to ask annoying questions and whine. And that's all this boy does the entire book. "Where are we going? Are they the bad guys? What are we going to eat? I'm cold. Why can't I come with you?" Please use your money to get another audio book from this site. There are plenty of fine ones.
This may be one of the best books written in the past 30 years. You have the good the bad and the evil. Good is close, touching and very personal. Bad is not all that bad, just uncomfortable. Evil is as bad as it gets. A must read/listen.
A view like many of the post apocalyptic novels of the past, but seeming more real. With a full measure of despair I was pleased to finally have a Josh Logan ending with a glimmer of hope for mankind in the end. It is a thought provoking read.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
The Road, in audio, is hypnotic. Horrific, yes. But emotionally powerful, especially for a father like me, with so much of the story focused on the how single-mindedly driven the father is to protect his son in the worst possible post-apocalyptic scenario. But more than just protect him -- to teach him as well, to protect himself of course, and to do so in manner that preserves the best part of humanity despite a landscape in which all humanity seems to have devolved to its worst instincts.
By contrast, I've read some scathing criticisms of the print version from people I can relate to -- turned off by some of the pretensions author Cormac McCarthy appears to have indulged himself in, taking liberties with punctuation and syntax and style. I could easily see myself among the tiny but vocal minority who reacted against that has I read the print edition.
But that is not a factor when listening to the audio version. I did have a problem with some of the repetitious dialogue, but otherwise, this spare but potent novel seems to be a perfect fit for audio rather than print, despite ll of its accolades, Pulitzer Prize and all.
Perhaps because I am a father myself, I was most moved by how intensely driven the father was to keep his son alive. I do things for my kids that I would not do for anyone else, including myself. That has never been life of death as it is in this story, but quotidian life in modern America is not usually life or death, and yet we still do what we can for our kids.
I rarely get choked up reading books or watching movies, but I was definitely growing teary eyed as I was driving home listening to the last half hour of this book.
I would probably feel the same way had anyone else turned in this performance, but since Tom Stechschulte did the job, he gets the credit for elevating this book to an absorbing meditation on fatherhood, morality, survival, and the horror of a world gone so awfully awry.
Before listening to The Road, I had heard it referred to as an allegory. In hindsight, I can see where one can read symbolism into it, especially from the point of view of religion, specifically the Christian view of god. I would have reacted negatively has I looked at the book through that prism while listening to it. But in the moment, it is hard to hear anything beyond the sheer horror of the circumstances, taken at face value. The Road works perfectly as a straightforward story of a father and son trying to survive an apocalyptic event -- there is little need to delve deeper.