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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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    Glenda Gallatin, MO, USA 09-16-07
    Glenda Gallatin, MO, USA 09-16-07
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    "Love, Love, Loooved This Book!"

    From start to finish this book was wonderful. The Narrator did an amazing job and at times kept me sitting in my car to see what happened next. I highly recommend it!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 09-12-07
    Jeannine Brighton, CO, United States 09-12-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Very moving"

    Thank you for this wonderful book I cried and laughed.
    I was grateful that it didn't leave me wondering at the end.
    I will look for other work by this author. The Narrator was
    excellent. You won't be disappointed, just get it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    stephen muncie, IN, United States 09-03-07
    stephen muncie, IN, United States 09-03-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling and Repelling"

    I was absorbed and repulsed at the same time. This was a true Apocalyptic tale. My advise is to lock the liquor cabinet and the gun cabinet. After this audio book, you may not be in the right state of mind. I have been sleeping with the lights on ever since I finished it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy 08-11-07
    Nancy 08-11-07
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    "The Road"

    Brilliantly written, beautifully read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Sudbury, MA, United States 08-09-07
    Joseph Sudbury, MA, United States 08-09-07
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    "not what you would expect"

    While this is a story written about a post apocalyptic journey nowhere, it is the vehicle to describe and enhance the relationship between the boy and his father. This sparsely written narrative mimics the environment in which the characters travel but nonetheless is lush in its descriptive value. One of the best books I have listened to in a very long time. Until the end I had no idea how it would be resolved, just as one would hope. Predictable this book is not.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 07-24-07
    Ian Oxford Mills, ON, Canada 07-24-07 Member Since 2011
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    "a masterpiece"

    A combination of Lord Of The Flies and On The Beach. Cormac McArthy creates a world of such desperation, that it is virtually impossible to be human, and then shows us how it can be done. Uplifting and harrowing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall 07-22-07
    Randall 07-22-07 Member Since 2010
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    "PREDICTABLE"

    predictable says it all!

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    Brian Cook 07-14-07
    Brian Cook 07-14-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Dark but compelling"

    I am not sure why but I kept listening. It is kind of dark and depressing but I kept listening and am glad I did. Had a few tears at the end. This book sticks with you for a while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Austin, TX, USA 07-12-07
    Ben Austin, TX, USA 07-12-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Sentenced"

    If it ever comes to pass that the leaders of every current or aspiring nuclear power are sentenced to reading “The Road”, we will all sleep quietly at night.

    This is a stark novel, brilliantly written and brilliantly read, easy to understand but difficult to digest. While this book is definitely worth the emotional investment needed to read it, you may want to have something a bit lighter on your reading list to follow it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-02-07
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 07-02-07 Member Since 2015
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    "I Hated It"

    I realize I am in the minority on this one, and considered a "Stone" by some for not liking this selection. Probably I am a pie-eyed optimist and this story-line just couldn't connect with me.

    The narrator made the father sound like Eeyore. The son was, appropriately so, terrified and not knowing why. I saw no hope offered by the father or anyone. Truly, I saw nothing positive at all from this tale.

    And if this is how the world is going to end (I pray to God not), then I also pray to God that He takes me before it happens.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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