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The Road Audiobook

The Road [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2007

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

Bleak but brilliant, with glimmers of hope and humor, The Road is a stunning allegory and perhaps Cormac McCarthy's finest novel to date. This remarkable departure from his previous works has been hailed by Kirkus Reviews as a "novel of horrific beauty, where death is the only truth".

McCarthy, a New York Times best-selling author, is a past recipient of the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. He is widely considered one of America's greatest writers.

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What the Critics Say

"McCarthy's prose retains its ability to seduce...and there are nods to the gentler aspects of the human spirit." (The New Yorker)
"One of McCarthy's best novels, probably his most moving and perhaps his most personal...Every moment of The Road is rich with dilemmas that are as shattering as they are unspoken...McCarthy is so accomplished that the reader senses the mysterious and intuitive changes between father and son that can't be articulated, let alone dramatized...Both lyric and savage, both desperate and transcendent, although transcendence is singed around the edges...Tag McCarthy one of the four or five great American novelists of his generation." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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    Cleber Fernandes 04-11-10 Listener Since 2005
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    "Completely sucked in"

    Kinda book that won`t let you do anything else with your free time until you have it all. The narrator is absolutely perfect! And the story puts Mr. Cormac McCarthy on the top of my library.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 03-05-10
    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Extraordinary"

    While the storyline of post apocalypse is certainly bleak, this audiobook is brilliantly written with a outstanding and compassionate reading by Tom Stechschulte. With Cormac McCarthy, one expects the unusual, both in an innovative narrative and also in challenging subject matter. Here, we live with a father and son in the most challenging of circumstances but with a bond and a love that transcends the physical world, now clearly destroyed and the remnants of humanity. This is simply an extraordinary book, read with perfection. Fasten your seat-belts, it's a hell of a ride.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanan Aledo, TX, USA 12-26-09
    Jeanan Aledo, TX, USA 12-26-09
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    "Great Book! I loved "The Road""

    I have never liked anything else Cormac McCarthy has ever written, but I devoured "The Road" in one sitting, not able to stop listening. McCarthy's view of how humans would survive a post-apocalyptic situation is pretty different from any other author I've read. Interesting writing style, and the reader handles it very well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne Marrero, LA, USA 05-27-09
    Roxanne Marrero, LA, USA 05-27-09 Member Since 2010
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    "disturbing post apocalyptic novel."

    Very good writing. Reader is mostly good, but sometimes seems bored.

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    realistic 02-28-09
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    "With a world like this, pray for an early death."

    Was such a dreary, hopeless world McCarthy created -- had me thinking about it for days after finishing. Was the first McCarthy novel I had read. I've since been back for all of his other available audio books. There IS some hope to be found in this story; I was just amazed at how little of it there was to go around.

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    Geraldine Matteo 12-26-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The Road"

    This book took too long to have the reader get the message. Too slow,not worth a listen in my opinion.

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    June Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-07-08
    June Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-07-08 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm glad I stayed with it"

    I almost put this down because I found it depressing at first, but I am so glad I stayed with it. I was moved to tears on more than one occassion while listening to this audio. It takes some willingness to be vulnerable as you listen in order to experience the profound intimacy which was shared by the father and his son.

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    Kim 08-10-08
    Kim 08-10-08
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    "Interesting"

    This was a really different story plot. It was pretty well written and kept my interest. The narrator was good too. This seemed almost like a science fiction story really.

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    Scott 06-08-08
    Scott 06-08-08
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    "Perseverence lives on....."

    The story is "cold", "grey", and full of "ash", but it is a story of perseverence. In a situation with little to no hope, you find yourself asking the characters why they are continuing. But if you are a parent (or an eternal optimist), you will understand. Despite little knowledge about the situation leading up to the story, you find yourself engrossed in an apocolyptic time that is believeable and convincing. The ending was a bit disappointing to me. If you are interested in this story, may I recommend "A Brief History of the Dead". Enjoy!

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    Peter Richmond, CA, USA 04-26-08
    Peter Richmond, CA, USA 04-26-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Tom Stechschulte is great"

    Tom Stechschulte, the narrator of this book, proves himself to be the best interpreter of McCarthy's prose. Reading McCarthy's texts can be difficult at times, which make his achievement all the more impressive. This book isn't for everyone -- McCarthy's bleak view of human nature has NO resolution or happy endings. But, it's an impressive work and will rank high in the canon of "Doomsday" literature.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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