IT COULD HAPPEN!
I liked that the dad tried to shelter the son, even though life as they knew sucked!
The Road touched me deeply. Although it is an apocalyptic story; it is really about love and the ???fire within???. It seemed realistic and provoked a reflection on the values of civilization, life and the goodness within us.
5 stars - books that I will listen to again and again. 4 stars - books that I might listen to again someday. 3 stars - books that I probably won't listen to again. 2 stars - books that I know I will never listen to again. 1 star - books that I should have never listened to in the first place.
I seriously doubt I'll ever listen to this Audible book again - there are images far too grim and yet horribly plausible that I just can't get out of my head. Although I wouldn't mind seeing the film version one of these days, just to see another person's interpretation of such a dark and depressing novel.
I Am Legend comes to mind, however, it is not nearly as heart-breaking as this novel. I believe this is due to Cormac McCarthy's ability of getting the reader to believe that the situation is totally hopeless and yet he forces you to focus on a father whose single-minded purpose is to protect and keep his son alive.
When they found a can of soda in a vending machine.
The Last Days of Father
Although this book is an exceptional work of literary fiction by one of the best American authors of our time, Cormac McCarthy and the narration by Tom Stechschulte was also marvelously well done, I just couldn't give it a five star rating.
I love science fiction, especially post-apocalyptic science fiction, but I feel that this book isn't for everyone. I found it extremely dark, depressing and disturbing.
Highly Recommended for Lovers of Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction but definitely not for everyone!
This story really adds nothing to the post apocalyptic genre, it is seemingly ONLY about the relationship between father and son, which isn't even explored that well. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Lacking in heroes in part and in whole.
Searing, demanding, beautiful
The narrator's voice evenly tells a story of hope beyond belief.
The unamed father so he could tell me how he was able to conceptlualize his morality and convey this to his son
A very depressing read. The earth is scorched and there is very little trust left. The book is nearly devoid of plot.
There are some sweet heartfelt interactions between the two main characters but they are sort of classic "man" talk, where they don't really show a depth of emotion or a sharing that demonstrates the true nature of humanity. I choose to believe that is one of the few things that can never be destroyed by any razing of the Earth. Yes, yes, I know I should suspend my disbelief, but I should only need to do so, if the author is going to take me someplace useful with it. The story ends fairly predictably and I'm not sure how I am better for it, except I can say, I read that.
Some of the descriptive passages are good and strong, but there aren't many of those.
And finally, the Earth has been torched, for approximately 10 years as far as I can determine from the book. There is nowhere a sign of life. No plant life, no animals, no bugs, nothing... But somehow humans are still wandering around. I found this inconsistency very hard to swallow. In fact, I found it downright annoying. If even a cockroach can't survive, then certainly the soft shelled brain stems with limbs would be obliterated as well. Maybe I'm not very familiar with nuclear holocaust, but I have spent a fair amount of time outdoors and nature is very strong. She does not win quickly, but she triumphs over nearly everything given enough time. If a few humans are left to despairingly wander the Earth, surely a microbe can dance a jig upon a stone. Once there is a microbe, some other slightly larger beast will come along and have a feast upon it, and so on up the chain, manifesting eventually some observable life by bedraggled humans wandering around afflicted by nothing worse than hunger and a cough. Again, someone may need to check my biology, but if all life is destroyed, then I don't believe there would be any microbes to make food go bad. I guess it is possible they could go bad before the holocaust or because of the holocaust, but then it would seem that all canned items would be bad and humans would be dead.
This book really has no point, It starts out kinda strong but is a real Yawner with no purpose.
Spoiler: Nuclear war, walk around, look for food, stay away from other people, pretty much it
Im pretty sure if I would have read the paperback version of "The Road", I would have been drawn more into the story. The narrator was way off in determining how the father should sound, which by the way sounded like he was going for the cowboy approach and the voice of the boy sounded like a bad rendition of Michael Jackson, that totally through me off. It also reminded me of how important it is to not let go of "old fashioned reading" laying in my bed and being lifted up into story world with my own rendition of how the characters looked and sound.
Usually books with a simple plot or where nothing happens can easily be boring. Not this one. Its strength lies in the ties between father and son, in the desperation of staying alive, of asking yourself scary 'what if' questions. It grips you, especially if you are a parent and start to imagine what could happen, how you would react as a parent. It poses the question whether life is better at all cost. It shows the wisdom of a child and the guilt and love and hopelessness of a parent.
It's just simply brilliant and makes you cry.
"The Road" follows the journey of a man and his boy walking through a post-apocalyptic America in constant search of food and shelter. While they do face some interesting ordeals along the way, the only developments happen within these limited episodes and are soon forgotten. The characters never seem to evolve, and always end up in the exact same situation they were in the day before.
Much of the book is dialog between the father and son, and (perhaps because the son is young) is very limited. I can't count the number of times I heard one of these: "okay", "alright", "I'm sorry", "I'm scared". While these can be used smartly to convey deeper meaning, there's a limit to how far that will go.
The narration combines with this repetitive dreary dialog to make a very dull and repetitive listen.
I understand that this book is trying to have a sad tone, and many of the things that bothered me about it might be considered its strengths by people who enjoyed the book. It's possible that I just don't "get" this book. Unless you know that you are a fan of Cormac McCarthy's writing style, I would take this review to be a warning to seriously consider if it's the kind of book you would enjoy before purchasing.