This story's contrast of devastation and hope is best heard rather than read. McCarthy's style -- trochaic and brutally honest -- is easier to follow in this audio version than in the book. Probably his finest work to date, a life-changing novel.
If I had read this book instead of listening to it, I doubt i would have finished it. Nothing really interesting happened. The characters don't grow. The relationship between the characters doesn't change. No sense of adventure. Never reveals how the world ended up like it is. It is just a story of two people walking on a road.
All that being said, this is my first McCarthy book and I do like how he writes, very poetic. Almost like listening to a song because you like how the artist sounds, not because of what they are saying.
This seems like a beautiful book so far, but sadly I can't really tell since narrator is reading it in a deeply cliched, an old-west B movie style. He's wallowing in his manliness... and the character of the child is sputtering up periodically as a simpering, saccharine caricature of a kid. I just the narrator is trying to impart so much drama into these sparse prose he's actually just ruining it. I'm going to buy a copy of the book and read it in blessed silence.
I did not see what all the other reviewers found so profound. The book was slow and repetative. save yourself 5 hours and only listen to the first hour, you will have a pretty good idea of the rest of the book.
This is book is not for those looking for a plot and action. The dialogue is plodding and dark with little forward motion. I did find, however, that it sticks with you and makes you think. The interact between father and son is sweet and endearing; the setting dark and terrifying with little redemption.
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. I read the whole thing which says something for it.
This book took me by surprise. I went into it with low expectations because it's not the normal kind of book I check out. The writing style is very different, and unique. In many ways the simple, stark tone of the book makes the story that more riveting in that the characters are at a complete loss with their surroundings. No witty retorts or puns, just two people, desperate for survival. Brilliant and well told, this is a finely crafted piece of fiction. The audio presentation is very well done and can keep the listener's attention. Strongly recommended.
Definitely bleak and depressing at times (most of the time), but punctuated by hope and put in stark contrast by a father's love of his son. There were plenty of times I was hesitant to come back to this world. The prose is so detailed I felt like I was there, even when I wish I was more detatched. I'm glad I stuck with it and my mind has continuously wandered back to this story since I listened a month ago. It's tough, but good....really good. What more can I say that hasn't been said except that I went home and gave a huge hug to my kids...and bought some jugs of water just in case.
To say that a post-apocalyptic world would be difficult and dismal doen't seem very innovative. To take this basic concept and stretch it over the period of severla hoursr is excruciating. Perhaps if there had been some more depth regarding the pre-apocalypse nature of the characters, the events leading up to the event, etc. - it could have been bearable. Whatever you do, don't listen to this when you're in a depressive state. Believe me, it only gets worse and worse.