A story, a plot, something, anything. My dog could have conceived a better story. I have had many disappointing books but this one is at the top of the list of wasted time and credit.
There was absolutely no plot to this book; besides "the man" musing about his surroundings there is nothing to this book. If you like the word "okay" then this book is for you. The word okay was used at least 1,000 times; it was in every other line and I kept listening to see if I could figure out what happened to them to no avail. I made it to the end and wanted to pull my hair out.
The narrator was fine with the mindless drivel that he had to work with.
Stay away. I would have given it -0 stars if I could.
The author seems to exagerate all the time the darkness of every moment. Its very presumptuous.
Wow. I'm glad I don't live in Cormac McCarthy's mind. What a hellish and frightening place that must be to come up with a story like this! I truly felt like this was "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" meets "Lord of the Flies". I liked the father and son relationship. The narrator did a bang up job of being the boy as well as the father. To say this book is disturbing would be an understatement. Bleak. Beyond bleak with little rays of humanity that peak out every now and then. I'm not sorry I listened to it. But once was definitely enough.
Say something about yourself!
I am always a sucker for an end of the world as we know it survivor story and had such high hopes for this book. I enjoyed some parts of the book like when there were interactions good and bad with other survivors. The part I didn't like was the sappy and way to perfect ending. Just not realistic enough for me. The narrators voice kind of grated on the ole nerves after a while. I didn't care for the slow drawn out tone he had.
I just did not like this book. "The Man", who has no name, tries to protect, "The Boy", who has no name, along "The Road". Although, I don't know who or what he is trying to protect him from. This continues on throughout the whole book. The Road is somewhere in the future after everything has been burned in Armageddon. Everything is covered in ash and they need to find water and food to live. There are really only a few circumstances that another character is even brought into the book. So I don't understand who they are trying to escape from on The Road. This book is just dry and monotonous.
If the story had answered just a few of the 100 questions that the reader would obviously be curious about given the situation the characters are in... AND if the story would have had an ending... literally I went looking for the 2nd book.. there isn't one.
Both - good characters
good characters, good storyline - terrible job of telling the story and ending the book
Elle AKA PlantCrone..I'm an organic gardener, quilter, volunteer and elder who enjoys different genres from biographies to si/fi to fantasy
I've listened to quite a few post-apocalyptic novels in the 3 years I've been subscribed to Audible. For some reason, they impact me more when narrated than when I've read them myself.
The Road is an awful but most likely the best of the genre. Of course,McCarthy is more of a poet than a fiction writer, so it's understandable why the story can be both awful and wonderful-both enlightening and depressing.
Tom Stechschulte was the perfect narrator for this book. He reads both the poetry and austere verbiage that McCarthy has written with meaning. He makes the dads patience-which is amazing-so realistic and details the child fears. There is a great deal of "I'm afraid" and "I know".."I'm really afraid", "I know" what can a dad say..the father doesn't give platitudes to the child..no "Everything will be fine" because the world is different and neither knows how everything will really be.
Since my family is a strong believer in being prepared, we all have Bug-out-bags (aka Bail out backpacks) where everyone has a weeks worth of food, water, clean socks, cooking implements etc. I have a sealed box of seeds specifically made up to sustain a family and as a master gardener, feel well prepared to turn my flower garden into a truck farm.
But then what..what happens years later-and what if, as is detailed in this book, the world is sterile? If nothing will grow and there is a limited amount of canned food available..what then? If there are no more animals to hunt-except human beings-than that what gets hunted-part of the more grisly part of the novel.
McCarthys 'dad' and 'son' both became alive to me, while their goal (go to the coast and go south) was understandable, the why was never answered..it is a just because. McCarthy takes the small family to the brink of starvation several times, but them something miraculous happens and they find food...Morel mushrooms in a dead rhodie hell thicket, a stash left by someone else and so on.
You never learn the names of the protagonists..actually the only name in the book was that of Eli, the 90 year old blind guy treking along by himself one night. Everyone else is the man, the child, the woman.
This is a deep and enlightening book along with being depressing and gloomy.
Does make one wonder exactly what she would do years after an occasion like this.
Buy it-it's worth the credit. But also buy "I Am Malala" to cheer you up afterward.
A better narrator would have improved the listening experince.
Not with the same narrator.
Trying to sound like a boy was horrid.
It was well written.
a story line to begin with...
Nothing from MacCarthy for a while.
If you think this book deserves 4 or more stars, you really should start picking out better books... there are so many A LOT better than this one..
Story is okay, but soooo slow and boring and true the narrator doesn't help.
Half way the book you kinda got a idea where is going to and why, before that, nothing happens....
Great listen from the start to the finish. Loved the quotes: stop, rewind, and listen to them again and again, finding a new meaning every time...
Watched the movie to put the faces on the protagonists. Movie was disappointing: thoughts and feelings can only be expressed in words...