I don't usually go for novels like this, but I read it at my teenage son's insistence. It was dark, bleak and hopeless but I absolutely could not put it down. Even though I call it a "post apocolyptic" Grapes of Wrath or Angela's Ashes where the story never takes a turn for the better, I would recommend reading it to anyone.
I found this audible book somewhat difficult to listen. Not because it was poorly written, but on the contary, because it was well written. Having a son, the author was able to engage my emotions, causing me to wonder what would I do if my son and I was in a similar situation. I highly recommend this book. I really like the Biblical aspect at the end of the story (I will leave it at that as not to give away the ending).
This story and the wonderful language captures you within minutes.
The narration is excellent and brings the story to life - A wonderful literary experience.
This book is one of my all-time favorites. I purchased the paperback a while back and then more recently purchased this audio version. When I started listening, I found it hard to get into the story because the narrator didn't fit the image I created for the characters. I gave up on the audio version and became engrossed in the novel. I then saw the movie, which brought the stunning, heart-breaking and tragic story to life with incredible delicacy. If they had Viggo reading this, I'd have no issue. Tom's voice was too gruff for me, I guess. It's just a personal preference, so I'm not docking any stars.
... but worth every minute. It is frightening, dark and hopeless. Still, McCarthy's prose is outstanding. The book's praise is more than justified, certainly a work to be remembered.
The narration is excellent. - Highly recommendable.
Despite the gloomy and harsh world that McCarthy paints, his writing pulls you in and leaves you on the edge of your seat. The final message of the book is powerful and deeply moving.
This was a difficult book to listen to. It was just so bleak, which of course was the point. I find the images in this book haunting me even now, a year after listening to it. When I think back, it was an amazing book to have affected me so profoundly without even having realized it at the time.
The Man's plight tears at you heart with relentless and pitiless ferocity. You are given nothing on which to base any hope of normal, human contact. The social contract is in tatters and has blown away on the ash laden winds that howl over a barren and blasted Earth. Read this and pray to any and all gods that you die before you have to endure what the Man endures for the Boy.