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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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    C. Ward St Catharines Ontario 09-03-07
    C. Ward St Catharines Ontario 09-03-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "pushing a shopping cart with a whiney child"

    The world is destroyed, burned to ashes... Why? Not important.

    The book seems to be about how to improvise footwear, the best way to piliage in a post apocalyptic world, and pushing a shopping cart with a bad wheel down the road to nowhere.

    The boy, born and raised in a post apocalyptic hell, Seemed unfamiliar with survival and seemed to excel at whining so badly that on at least on three occasions I had to yell out loud to my stereo " OH JUST SHUT THE HELL UP! "

    PAPA, I'm scared. Papa, I dont want to.. Papa..
    Son, shut the hell up please.

    Also, should you find a safe warm place to hide and recover, best get the hell out of there as soon as possible.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George Huntington Beach, CA, USA 09-02-07
    George Huntington Beach, CA, USA 09-02-07
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    "Missing stuff"

    I've noticed that while reading this book, while listening to it, the narrator will say some stuff that isn't there and skip over stuff. In addition, I think its the same person who speaks for everyone. Including the men and women in the book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Sunnyvale, CA, USA 08-17-07
    Marianne Sunnyvale, CA, USA 08-17-07 Member Since 2014
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    "A real downer"

    Don't listen to this audiobook if you're depressed. Gives a really grim view on the future.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Newnan, GA, USA 08-07-07
    Melissa Newnan, GA, USA 08-07-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Great story!"

    A thought-provoking read. Haunting and disturbing. A lovely relationship between father and son during a challenging and terrifying time.

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    David AsquithAustralia 07-15-07
    David AsquithAustralia 07-15-07
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    "Oustanding"

    This was my first Cormac McCarthy book and it well and truly sucked me in! The reading was excellent, and the story just flowed so well. The viion of a lost world was so believable. Highly recommended.

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    Ed Winter Garden, FL, Virgin Islands, U.S. 07-13-07
    Ed Winter Garden, FL, Virgin Islands, U.S. 07-13-07
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    "Hard Life on the Burned Plain"

    This was a painful, sad, troubling, and utterly beautiful story. This is my first novel by Mr. McCarthy and I fully plan to one day read the Plains series of books, but after this one I needed a breather. It is a testament to the author’s skill that he was able to create such a poignant story from such bleak subject matter and that he was able to carry the novel with so few characters.
    The characters are very well developed and there is just enough hope to keep you and the characters going to the end. The narration was solid as well.

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    Selma Costa Mesa, CA, United States 07-11-07
    Selma Costa Mesa, CA, United States 07-11-07 Member Since 2015
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    "My least favorite audible book"

    This book was so boring, I used it to put me to sleep at night. The narrator's voice just could not do a 30's something man and a young boy. He sounded more like a grandfather. It was the same thing over and over. Almost like groundhog day. Walk in the rain, search for food, find shelter, build a fire, decide who is going to hold the gun with the two bullets. Find an empty house, use what you can, take what you can, then head back to the road and do it all again the next day, and the next day, ad nauseum.

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    Susan Atlanta, GA, USA 07-08-07
    Susan Atlanta, GA, USA 07-08-07
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    "Great Read..A little hard to get into at first"

    I bought this audio book based on all the reviews. It was a fabulous book - really makes you think.

    I did have a few doubts in the beginning - but then kept listening and it got better and better. It definitlely stays with you long after the book ends.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B. Crutcher Dallas, TX USA 07-08-07
    B. Crutcher Dallas, TX USA 07-08-07 Member Since 2016

    I am a retired physician born and raised in Dallas, Texas where I still live. I retired from practice two years ago.

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    "A Dark Tale"

    A very dark tale by a great writer. The story of a man and his young son wandering south in the United States after the destruction of the earth by fire. I found it both hard to listen and difficult to stop. Like "No Country for Old Men" it has a lousy ending. What else for the end times! I give it 4 stars.

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    James Millbrook, NY, USA 07-02-07
    James Millbrook, NY, USA 07-02-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Buy it"

    The writing style and the story are one. I have read the book and listened to it on tape. I think I'll do both again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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