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The Road Audiobook

The Road [Audiobook]

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.
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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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    Karen 01-07-13
    Karen 01-07-13
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    "This won the Pulitzer? You're kidding."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was so-so. The story is silly. It's so over-the-top dark that it's ridiculous at times. Yes, people can be horrible, but the level of horrible in this book is totally overdone. It was not believable, at least to me. And the story becomes highly predictable. The prose is also over the top. It's adjective soup. I'm stunned that this overwrought piece won the Pulitzer. I must be missing something here.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Least interesting was its predictability. I'm trying to think of what I thought was most interesting, but can't.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending, albeit predictable. Can't tell whether I liked it because I was glad the story finally came to an end and I could buy a different book, or because I enjoyed the exchange between the good guy stranger and the boy. Probably a bit of both.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a good Pulitzer winner, I'd suggest The True Story of Ned Kelly or Olive Kitteridge, but not this. Either I'm off my nut (entirely possible) or the Pulitzer committee was off its.

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    Anna 01-07-13
    Anna 01-07-13
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    "my favorite genre"
    What made the experience of listening to The Road the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good. He kept the tone of the book: dark, undramatic even in dramatic circumstances whch suited the whole world as it was in the book: grey, unflinching, plodding. I have listened to it two times. Apocolyptic stoires are my favorites. Stephen King's The Stand for example. If any readers have any other suggestions I would welcome them.


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    Cooki3Monst3r USA 01-06-13
    Cooki3Monst3r USA 01-06-13

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    "Interesting but sad"

    Well I sort of liked the story, it was a little sad and depressing for me but having said that it still kept my interest... even though nothing realy ever happens in the end. I think a better plot line would have made this book ten times better IMO. Not a book I would read again.

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    Randy Houston, Texas, United States 01-02-13
    Randy Houston, Texas, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "An American Dickens!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you can handle the concept. It is not for the faint of heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Watching the characters evolve over a short period of time. The boy is an unshakable source of good, and will keep the flame alive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene is memorable, but it is hard to shake the picture of a gutted human infant roasting over a campfire by desperate people.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Road and why?

    The man. His selfless devotion to the boy is a classic.


    Any additional comments?

    McCarthy is the American Dickens. His use of the language is incredible. I hope he sees the Nobel Prize during his lifetime.

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    Amazon Customer Meridian, ID USA 11-23-12
    Amazon Customer Meridian, ID USA 11-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterful Audible Performance!"
    If you could sum up The Road in three words, what would they be?

    Struggle, empty, existence


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely incredible performance. He brought the characters to life in that way that draws you in and makes you feel like you know them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book created a feeling of emptiness which made even the touching & tender moments less compelling & emotional. In a world mostly void of care in almost any regard it makes it difficult for a reader to connect. However, that being said I DID get somewhat emotional a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing is creative and at times poetic. However the writing is trumped by the unbelievability of the setting & story. There's almost a Mad Max feel to the story. There's nothing wrong with that, but I felt torn as to how I am supposed to view where this world came from.

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    Micah Woods Cross, UT, United States 11-17-12
    Micah Woods Cross, UT, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant performance by Tom Stechschulte!"

    It was depressing and heart-wrenching, but the story is told so wonderfully. Tom Stechschulte really brings the father-son relationship in this story to life. The author tells relates a simple fictional story, but the way he does it makes it seem like you are there, experiencing it with the characters. It really drew me in. I usually listen to books during my commute and one morning I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot at work, sobbing, not just crying, but actually sobbing out loud. I have not cried like that for a long time. I had to sit in my car for a while and compose myself. It makes me tear up a bit as I write this. I would definitely recommend it if you think you can handle the emotions it invokes.

    On a side-note, the movie is really good too!

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    Jeffrey A. 11-02-12
    Jeffrey A. 11-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Go Watch The Movie First & save your credit"
    What made the experience of listening to The Road the most enjoyable?

    Having seen the movie first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The good guys wins.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Beware those who urinate in the woods.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. I enjoyed the end. (No spoilers here)


    Any additional comments?

    While I enjoyed the story... I loved the movie ten times better and will probably never listen to the book in it's entirety again. I'd rather watch the movie twice for the use of those SIX PLUS hours. I'm a big fan of both Cormac as a writer and of Stechschutle as a narrator but unfortunately this was not their best blend and endeavor. I can't in good conscience recommend the book over the movie. Try No Country for Old Men to find them both at their best and use your credit in a much more fulfilling and spectacular manner.

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    A. Brother 10-17-12
    A. Brother 10-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Complex Masterpiece"
    If you could sum up The Road in three words, what would they be?

    Bleak Sublime Prose


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road?

    The last paragraph of the book is so beautiful and haunting, as are all the recollections of a beautiful world unappreciated until it is gone.


    What does Tom Stechschulte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His clear characterizations of the various characters add to the storytelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If parts of this book do not move you to tears, then perhaps your heart is made of stone? Complex it is disgusting and beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a powerfully moving story of bleak sadness but the main characters evoke empathy in a world of death and cruelty. It is an existential meditation on life, even a life that no one would want, but that we may ourselves create in our lack of appreciation of this beautiful living world.

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    Christy M Michigan 06-11-12
    Christy M Michigan 06-11-12 Member Since 2009

    Christy M.

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    "Sad, but lovely."

    This is not a happy book. It's written so concisely that you don't even know the characters' names. That's OK. It adds to the dreary, hopelessness of the situation. If you can take the sad subject matter, it's a good read.

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    Jane USA 06-08-12
    Jane USA 06-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "one to listen to in the dark for full effect"
    Where does The Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road?

    A very raw moment when a child sees something no person ever should


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    The boy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    too many to mention


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book - had a few concerns about teh performance at teh beginning but thoroughly excellent performance!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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