"The Worst Book Ever"
Well if ever I feel like committing suicide, this will be the book I'll chose to hold in my hand so that those finding my body will know how desperate I felt.
It's gruesome. It's horrible. It is so devoid of hope or grace or beauty that I can't think why anyone would want to subject themselves to reading it. I will not recommend it to anybody.
As far as the characters go, the boy is pathetic in the true sense of the word. However, I couldn't help the cynic in me asking how on earth he could be so ingelligent at times when all his knowledge must have come from the father, who is little more than monosyballic in his utterances. The father has lost his humanness and gained only cruelty in his quest for survival - how else could you justify his teaching the child to put a pistol in its mouth, aim upwards? These people have become hardly more than animals.
The language is sparse but I can't say I can see any beauty in it. I cringed everytime the father said 'Its alright\" or the son said 'Im okay'. Surely there's more to life than that? Surely McCormac could have offered us more vocabulary, even in this world devoid of hope?
List. Lists of objects. Lists of tiny actions. Sentences without verbs. Overuse of the words 'he' and 'and'. All contribute to the dull, repetitive language in this dull, repetitive tale.
Probably the worst book I have ever read. And I could have been saved from my misery if only the man had trusted the family he met right at the beginning ... ah! maybe that's the message.
"The future is... grey"
Whilst the story never actually tells you exactly what happened it's clear from early on that a nuclear war of sorts has devastated the world and covered it with ash. It's always cold and grey as we follow a man and his son heading south on a road - fighting to survive the conditions, the lack of food and the other survivors.
The story starts grey and soon gets darker - the 'happy' moments of having food, fire and shelter are few and far between. The man's will to survive and protect his son is gut wrenching and being a father myself it caused moments of - 'what the hell would I do here!'.
The performance by Tom Stechschulte is good - although I suspect a more 'colourful' book could bring out more from him.
"Typically excellent fair from Mr Mccarthy "
Very dark story of parents struggle raising a child in difficult environment. It's gripping story yet very bare and stripped down.
the road is one of those books I read time and time again and I still find something new to love each time. it is both thought provoking and heartbreaking. I must've read this at least 20 times and listened about as many times. Could not recommend it enough. Probably my favourite book.
"powerful and humbling."
fantastic story and performance. Beautifully crafted tale of humanity's vain struggle to always continue. Terriblly sad, 2 people who seem to have no hope in a barren land coverd in death. yet warming in the fact that their humanity lives on.
"A beautifully narrated story."
A superb story of a Father and son and their fight to survive. Of a fathers fierce protection and a boys faith and love. Beautifuly narrated.
"A little bland"
This book is ok. There are parts that are a bit exciting but on the whole it feels like not much happens.
The only reason I wouldn't is because there are so many audiobooks to listen to - but if I had to pick one then this would probably be my re-listen. It was so good,
The man (unnamed) - his determination to keep going in the face of hopelessness.
No, this was my first one
I wish. I definitely listened for longer than I normally would have
I found the ending a tad disappointing. But only a tiny smidge. I am nit picking but there is still something about his decision to leave the boy alive that smacks of inconsistency. And then for the boy to be rescued just like that by the only other good people on the road - it added a note of implausibility. Which shows you how well written the rest of the book was if that was the thing I struggled to believe in a post apocalyptic world.
"Brutal and brilliant"
Grim, touching and tense.
It's more plausible and less gory than The Walking Dead comics and similar in post apocalyptic tone to Stephen King's The Stand.
He has the right gravel in his voice to match the grit of the story. No pun(s) intended.
When the Man remembers what happened to his wife...There are plenty of heartbreaking moments though!
This is a heavy going listen but it's not without hope as I feared it may be.
"A perfect book!"
This is one of the best novels that I have listened to and I have listened to hundreds..
I loved Blood Meridian, What a Carve Up, The Wasp Factory, Wolf Hall, the Flashman books, CJ Sansom any book that transfixes you and makes you want to read more. I don't like comparisons-books should be unique. Cormac McCarthy's spartan style and evocations of landscapes is exceptional.
I particularly enjoyed the way he continually conveyed the dread and terror in the boy and the constant and empathetic despair in the man.
I know, obviously, that a film has been made, but imagination is much more potent than celluloid.
An author whose intellect and imagination can create a novel like this, should be able to sweep off supermarket shelves ghost written celebrity memoirs, cook books and all that nonsense.