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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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    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 11-02-09
    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 11-02-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Road to nearly nowhere"

    Yes, I like the style of writing. Yes, I loved "No Country for Old Men". Yes, the book engaged me. Yes, I the narrator was fantastic. Yes, there are moments that really caught my interest. Yes, I made it to the end.

    No, there was not the expected pay off at the end. It was a like a 6 hour road trip back to the same ash covered parking lot.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Perry Fort Worth, TX, USA 10-01-08
    Perry Fort Worth, TX, USA 10-01-08
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    "The Road"

    Fasinating book. Could not wait to hear the next chapter.

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    Sally Harrison-Pepper 10-11-07
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    "What a whiner!"

    Hated the kid in this story -- whine whine whine -- grew so repetitious I was actually yelling at my radio.

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    Don la vernia, TX, USA 06-27-07
    Don la vernia, TX, USA 06-27-07
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    "Amazing"

    Incredibly bleak and depressing, but you can't stop listening to it.

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    Steven Petersen Portland, OR United States 06-16-07
    Steven Petersen Portland, OR United States 06-16-07 Member Since 2014
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    "The book is like the road"

    Like the road of the title, at times the story is almost too bleak and painful to keep going, but you can't stop moving forward. Two hours into the story, I considered setting it aside - definitely a darker story than my usual daily commute fare. But McCarthy's prose reads like poetry, and the post-apocalyptic backdrop gives him ample opportunity to reflect on lost dreams and the ultimate generation gap - a father who remembers civilization and a son who has only known a ruined world.

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    Kathleen Knoxville, TN, USA 06-02-07
    Kathleen Knoxville, TN, USA 06-02-07
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    "The Road"

    At first I was put off by McCarthy's dreary look at his post apocolyptic wold. I kept listening though, because all of his descriptions were so vivid that I felt as if I were there. McCarthy's beautiful language has again sucked me in!

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    Seasson ROchester, NY, USA 05-24-07
    Seasson ROchester, NY, USA 05-24-07
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    "moving"

    I read the glowing reviews for The Road and thought I'd give it a shot. I am so glad I did. It is a moving story about a young boy and his father's journey during what may be the aftermath of an atomic bomb (the author never says). Warning: there is a small amount of graphic cannibalism, but it was more shocking and eye-opening than truly gross.

    The characters are fantastic and the plot moves along at a good pace. Likewise, I never found myself asking "when is this going to end?" as I have in the past. I truly recommend this book.

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    Garry RandwickAustralia 05-22-07
    Garry RandwickAustralia 05-22-07 Member Since 2010
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    "The New Odyssey"

    Shades of Graham Greene (The Power and the Glory), Homer (The Odyssey) and Dante (The Inferno). This book is a defining point in modern literature. Beautifully written with a language so finely crafted, that each sentence hangs like a picture in a gallery. A true test to faith in it bleakness yet still an optimistic and loving account of the enduring nature of goodness.

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    Ami 01-31-09
    Ami 01-31-09 Member Since 2013
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    "ami"

    if you have heard Steven KIngs "Cell" Its pretty much just like it only not as exciting with a non ending just like Cell had. Not really worth it

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    Conrad Halling Somerville, MA 03-16-10
    Conrad Halling Somerville, MA 03-16-10 Member Since 2008

    Conrad Halling

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    "A Harrowing Experience"

    This book was so difficult to listen to, so gloomy, so depressing, so stressful, that it took me ten months to finish listening to it. Still, it was well worth it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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