Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' is a stark, voyage through an imagined, desolate, future American landscape -- the dialogur between the two surviviors; a father and his young son, is terse and gripping - McCarthy's descriptions of the desecrated landscape are rivieting - through it all, one can almost sense and smell the fear. A compelling story from beginning to end - Tom Stechschulte's narration is sympatentic and expert -- well worth the listening...
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
Nicely written. Dark, grey, cold, ash......these are the predominant adjectives. Scared, lost, sick and hungry are ongoing concerns. A man, a boy traveling to the coast with really no hope of surviving, but with faith in each other. I read it for the fact it won prizes. A bit depressing but worth it. 3-4 stars.
I almost didn't want to listen, despite sterling reviews, because I thought it would be too depressing.
Although there are a few gruesome spots, the book never lingers on them, and the brilliant writing and the main characters love for each other more than compensates. The narrator also does a superb job, so that you feel everything the characters do. Highly recommended.
I couldn't even listen beyond about 20% of this book. I was not impressed with the reading but worse than that, the story was repetitive and it never caused me to care about either of the two primary characters. It's hard to believe this is the same author who wrote "All The Pretty Horses:"!
Terrible journey for the characters told with the best narration of any of the 100s of books I have listened to.
This is a story for lovers of finely-crafted literary prose: unfortunately, I'm a lover of finely-crafted stories, and this is just a long meandering journey across a post-apocalyptic landscape with repetitive dialogs between a man and his son (who sounds particularly whiny as read by this narrator). I know I'm judging what's really a finely written book harshly, but I found myself listening to the end just to get through it - at no point did I really care about the characters or wonder what was going to happen next. I appreciated the prose, but it wasn't enough to wow me.
The reader's voice is so annoying for the boy's character it almost ruins the writing. So read (if you must) don't listen.
Predictable in places. I listened to this a year ago and am still haunted by the vivid imagery, ?which is of course, a testament to the great writing. If you have kids, or nephews/neices, this is painful to read and there's really no point. Without reading it you can just ask yourself what you would do in the event of the end of the world. Eat your neighbors? Kill yourself/your children? etc. And do these questions add anything good to your life?
This was an excellent book. I finished it in less than 4 days...I played it in the car, on my MP3 as I shopped and before I went to sleep. I can't wait for the movie to come out.
Yes, I like the style of writing. Yes, I loved "No Country for Old Men". Yes, the book engaged me. Yes, I the narrator was fantastic. Yes, there are moments that really caught my interest. Yes, I made it to the end.
No, there was not the expected pay off at the end. It was a like a 6 hour road trip back to the same ash covered parking lot.