Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road' is a black book of wondrous paragraphs that quickly pulls you into the sad, sad world of the man and his boy. I found myself sitting in my car long after my commute ended to hear more and more of this story.
Yes - the story keeps you engaged. You care about the characters and there are several sub-stories in the mix. It's more of a survivalist story vs.zombie battle book. Which was interesting and something new. Definitely recommend.
It sets up another book.
He's a good narrator. You focus on the book and not the narrator.
I don't want to give away any spoilers.
If you like zombie apocalypse books, give this a read. Somewhat like reading DBD Armageddon...but that book is hard to top.
Only if you read the other two books. I lost interest after the 100th vampire battle in this book. Was good up until about half way...then drags on. So tired of hearing about the kids vamp mom, his issues with dad, and so on.
The story was dull and slow compared to the first two books.
I honestly can't remember.
If part of the trilogy, then yes.
Books 1 and 2 much more engaging than this book.
Unique audio drama
Michael because he's the leader and full of flaws yet keeps giving it his all
Sal because he's a bad a$$
The audio drama recording is unique - many different voices you recognize along with special effects/sounds. Plus, story line is great.
A great story - one of the best zombie series. If you like DBD Armageddon, The Road, The Passage, The Strain...etc then you'll definitely like this audio story!
It was dull and predictable. Kids are ok in stories but Sam really is a bugger and ruins the flow/story.
Overall has decent characters and a good stage was set...just no execution.
Maybe, since they'd change it all about. Again, ok premise just not the best story execution.
This is NOT a Day by Day Armageddon type book as several described - it's "ok" but [to me] does not pull you in. I could care less about the characters...actually, thought all but main character was a distraction. I've listened to a bunch of zombie/end of world books. This is at best in the lower-middle. Disappointing since there are other chapters to read but I'll stop at the first.
If you want a VERY GOOD read/listen go check out "We’re Alive" by Wayland (for some reason hard to find on Audible search. It's an audio drama (multiple voices, special effects, etc). A terrific story and you care about the characters. This is also available via Podcast for free but you'll need to download 50+ files from the past few seasons. Best to get caught up via Audible and listen to final season Podcasts (they are weekly).
Other notable good reads:
The Passage Trilogy by Cronin; Swan Song; Day By Day Armageddon books 1 & 2; Strain Trilogy by Del Toro; Wool; Patient Zero by Maberry; and The Road by McCarthy
I like the Preston/Child combo - would still put Relic and a few others (i.e., the Pendergast series) much ahead of this story. It's ok - pretty slow and a not too all exciting experience overall. Reader is fine - if the story was an hour vs 8 hours I'd give it 5 starts.
More action, more creative, less flashbacks which have no bearing on the story...
Reader did a good job
Maybe a made for TV movie
Read the Pendergast books before this one...they are much better.
This was a pretty good ghost story. Not a ton of action, but the plot builds up nicely to the end. Story is well written with plenty of details and flow to keep you listening well after you stop your car. Recommended.
While I thought this would be 'similar' to the TV Show, be forewarned that this story is very different. While usually the book is better than the show (take any Stephen King or Dean Koontz book as an example), the TV folk took an idea (by Robert Sawyer) and made it much, much better. Not to give any spoils here - this book is a flash forward 20 years (not 3) into the future and 85% is about Theo trying to solve his murder. Ok, see what's wrong here...3 years is somewhat imminent whereas 20 years who really cares. No FBI, no bad guys, no nothing but Lloyd, his fiance and Theo. Too bad there is not more here as I really enjoyed the TV Show with its many different plot lines - not much here other than a good idea (the flash forward) that someone else took and made much better. Save your credits for something else...
Then this is the one for you. Honestly, I tried for about an hour and could not get past the narrator...his yokle-dokle accent and simple 5th grade English does not do it for me. Boring, simple, and hard to get involved... There are many other great zombie books out there...save your credit, I want mine back! Try Day by Day Armageddon I and II or The Passage for an epic adventure you won't regret (sort of a vamp/zombie tale). Cheers!
Not your typical vampire or zombie book, but very good nevertheless. A few reviewers complained about the transition 100 years later in the middle of the book. Did not phase me, actually I think the 2nd half is better than the first (actually more like 2/3 is in future). This is a pretty deep book and written very well. If you have read zombie/vamp/apocalypse book I would rate as this: deep writing similar to the Road (not as deep), good story but not quite as 'fun' as Day-by-Day Armageddon, so all-in-all a good solid read. Actually, a bit better than good. The Strain is another great vamp novel. 13 Bullets I did not like due to the focus on femininity and the reader was bad. So here you have it...give The Passage a read if you are a fan of DBD Armageddon, The Strain, The Road, or even 13 Bullets. Same would apply to World War Z and the other zombie books. The Passage certainly holds it own. A mix of the aforementioned books and a little of The Stand (not too much). So go buy/rent and enjoy! You will not be disappointed. I give it 4 1/2 starts, but rounded up so that others will not miss this great story.
Sorry, I know this is suppose to be a 'classic'. It was classically boring to the nth degree. I even skipped about and nothing ever really changes. Let me sum it up for you. Plague, a few people find one another, plant plants, plant more plants, watch the ants and rats die out, have kids, scribble on a rock for 20 years, the end.
If you want to listen to a really great book, get One Second After. Blows this dull piece away.
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