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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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    Kim Portland, OR, USA 05-17-07
    Kim Portland, OR, USA 05-17-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent audio book"

    I seldom take the time to write reviews for the books I've read or listened to. I mean, who am I, that you should value my opinion about something as individual as a book? I find myself making an exception in the case of The Road, however, simply becaused I loved this book so much I felt I had to share it with someone.

    I found this novel to be frightening, moving, realistic, sad, hopeful... I experienced a whole gamut of emotions as I listened to it. I whipped through it in record time because I couldn't bear to turn it off. It's a story that will stay with me for a long time, and I've already purchased hard copies for a couple of non-audio friends. It's one of the very few audio books I plan to re-read in hard copy & keep for my book shelf (this, after 200+ audio books & four years of Audible membership).

    It's beautifully written and well narrated. This short listen is definitely worth your time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Peoria, AZ, USA 05-07-07
    David Peoria, AZ, USA 05-07-07
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    "The Road was excellent!"

    This book kept me interested throughout. It certainly had me rooting for the little boy and his dad. Best book I have listened to since Water for the Elephants.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Meri Hayos San Rafael, CA United States 04-27-07
    Meri Hayos San Rafael, CA United States 04-27-07 Member Since 2009
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    "Why Bother?"

    I don't know why I kept listening to this book. It has no plot and is depressing. The author can certainly write a good description, but nothing really happens in the book. Why bother.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 05-24-13
    John United States 05-24-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "Stick a fork in my ear"
    What disappointed you about The Road?

    If you want to listen to whining child for hours on end, this is the book for you. I can sum up the first 2hrs, after that I stuck a fork in my ear to end the pain. Poppa I'm scared, it's ok, Pappa I'm hungry, it's ok. Pappa this pappa that, it's ok it's ok (truth is it's not ok). Unfathomable how anyone gave this a good rating. Maybe it get's better later, couldn't get worse. Gotta give anyone who listened to the whole thing credit for their perserverance.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    EM 01-18-10
    EM 01-18-10
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    "Overly emotional reading"

    I cannot say I loved this post-apocalyptic novel, it's too bleak and sad. I downloaded it because of McCarthy's reputation as a great story-teller & it's worth listening to just for the sheer experience of his skill as an author. However, the narrator over-dramatised the father and his son, reading emotions into the story I felt weren't there, and therefore making both characters unlikable. I could not separate the reading from the story. I believe the reading of the story should be almost invisible so one can lose oneself in the story. That never happened. Not for one minute did I feel captured within the story because of the way it was read.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Livingston, MT, USA 12-09-08
    Tony Livingston, MT, USA 12-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"

    Could not stop listening!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Yuma, Azerbaijan 12-01-08
    Judith Yuma, Azerbaijan 12-01-08
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    "The Road"

    I would just like to say that I liked the book.I cried alot.I would not mind listening to any other books by the authur.I can not wait to see it in movie form.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Waukegan, IL, USA 08-27-08
    Virginia Waukegan, IL, USA 08-27-08
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    "Bleh...consider something else"

    This book went on and on with inane dialog between the two characters, and it never "went" anywhere. I kept hoping for something to happen, but was disappointed all the way through. Dark and depressing.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-18-08
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 03-18-08 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Depressing"

    The story was very engaging and the narrator was awesome, but what a downer! Seriously. I can't say I really like the story because it was about a boy and his father trying not to starve to death or be eaten by the bad guys in a post-apocaliptic world where the sun does not shine and there are no cities or food or animals. I gave it 3 stars, really 3.5 would have been better because I generally like happier stories, or at least stories that don't make me want to shoot myself after listening to them.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. Speer OHIO 12-19-08
    J. Speer OHIO 12-19-08 Member Since 2011

    discerning shopper

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    "What was all the hype about?"

    I tried and tried to find the hidden meaning, to discover my "aha" moment and realize what all the hype was over this book. When it ended I still hadn't found it. I was truly disappointed and at times, revolted by this book.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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