I was so excited for this to be a great book, it's best selling, reviewed well, and has a compelling hook of a story. But I just felt bored, bored, bored. I got so sick of the "boy" saying he was scared and asking if they were gonna die, I mean that was pretty much the extent of the dialouge. Also, the narrator had this drawl, a very slow way of talking, that just added to my boredom. I wouldn't say this was a bad book, just, you guessed it, boring.
In the style of Hemingway; McCormack uses short unvarnished sentences to develop a warm deep love between father and son. As a father of three this story got to my heart.
I don't understand why everyone raves so much about this book. From a literary standpoint, it is a good book, but not a great book. There're extremely well written books out there that never received attention nor fame anywhere close to this book. Books that are really well written, but not written to impress, touch or induce tears.
This is a good book and that's about it. Did it deserve the Pulitzer prize? I don't know. It's a lot like president Obama receiving the Nobel prize for peace. Sure, he's done some good things already, but did the deserve the Nobel prize for that?
I'm a father of a little boy and this book did appeal to me in that way. But I love reading books that are WELL WRITTEN, not the books that appeal to me personally.
This book was about as a depressing of a book you could possibly read. It is not entertaining or even thought provoking. If you want to read a book where you feel sorry for the world then this is your book. There are no solutions no great ideas, just pity on top of pity.
There is no other words for it. This was the worst book I ever downloaded!
ONCE AGAIN A GREAT BOOK FROM COMAC McCARTHY. SUPERBLY WRITTEN, SUPPORTED BY GREAT NARRATION.
IN REAL TERMS THE READER FEELS HE TOO IS ON "THE ROAD". ALTHOUGH THE CHARACTERS ARE FEW THIS BOOK IS RICH IN DIALOGUE THE PRINCIPLE CHARACTERS ARE STRONG . THE SITUATIONS ENCOUNTERED ARE WELL SCOPED.
IN SHORT EXCELLENT. DESERVING OF A FIVE STAR RATING.
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After the end of civilization, a man and his young son are traveling to the coast. They are the self proclaimed "good guys" carrying the flame. "Bad guys" are all around and a lot of bad things are happening around them. The simplistic black and white good guy view of the young boy meets the survival good guy view of the father whose love for his son drives him onward.
This story doesn't deal with names, places, or how it all happened. It is about the journey of the father and son trying to skirt around all confrontations and get to their destination. I found parts of myself in the father during the journey and towards the end of the book saw myself looking at my father through the eyes of the boy.
Tom Stechschulte did an excellent job bringing life to the audio production.
Simply told, in black and white. You never know their names - that doesn't matter. You never know their destination - that doesn't matter. What does matter, are the gifts of courage this father leaves with his son - on The Road.
This is my first sample of Cormac McCarthy and it leaves me hungry, no ravenous for more. Survival in a post-apocalyptic world becomes the medium through which McCarthy touches the fears and wounds we certainly bear as we raise our children in a less challenging but far more complex world.
Tom Stechschulte's lyrical voice flows easily from a rumbling Midwestern texture up to a clear, clean, pre-adolescent boy and back to rumble. I've treasured the experience of listening to quite a few of Stechschulte's narrations, and I have yet to be disappointed.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
Great reading. Stechschulte handles the terse dialogue well enough, and the rest of the narrative brilliantly. This is a quiet book, with simple stripped language, very rhythmic, and it's a deeply sad book. But it's also an episodic adventure story, and it's hard to stop listening.
I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books
This book caught me up in the story and showed what a terrifying place the world will be after the life as we know it is gone. The people, the houses, the cars, everything gone.
The Characters in the story lived through a scary time and still had redeeming qualities. The terror was not romanticized. The horror was real but the father still managed to teach his son to be a good man.
Not a long drawn out story but well told and draws you in.