The book's prose is lyrical, and the book depicts the alienating and isolating experiences of war in a way that is convincing (to me). The authorial voice is a powerful one.
The inevitably brutal ending is awful and and convincing and yet, from a purely plot mechanics point of view, I was left wondering what just happened.
The narrator is excellent. More from him, please.
McCarthy is one of my all time favorite writers. I've read and listened to several of his novels. Stechschulte's reading of The Road is an excellent one. There is a Beckett-like quality to this book, at least the way Stechschulte reads it. Very highly recommended.
Rowe's performance feels less arch than Neville's. I like them both but preferred Rowe, this time around. I only wish Rowe had finished the series. Or, if he has, I wish Audible would make the rest of it available.
I'm glad I listened to this. The time went by quickly.
I liked the straightforwardness of De Quincey's description of his addiction.
I suppose the relative monotone of the narrator fit the straightforwardness of the message. I did sometimes wish the narrator had varied his delivery more, however.
Yes. It was for me, because I had always wanted to 'read.' It's a short piece, so it goes quickly.
The sound quality was not of the best. Maybe it's not so much the narrator as the editor, but there were some skips.
The piece was probably shocking when it was first written. And what's interesting now is how De Quincey attempts to frame his addiction as a medical condition, which may have been a different approach back then. He humanizes his addiction, which may be a new thing for some readers.
De Quincey's prose style can be interesting. This was a new type of essay, apparently, and De Quincey was a forerunner of a certain type of 'personal essay.' I read the thing as much for that as anything and found it pretty much what I expected, over all. I enjoyed it and would probably enjoy it more a second time through.
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