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The Road | [Cormac McCarthy]

The Road

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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    AFuji 02-28-13
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    "Haunting"
    Would you listen to The Road again? Why?

    Yes, it's harrowing and disturbing, but beautifully written.


    What other book might you compare The Road to and why?

    Not sure, perhaps the Newberry Medal winning The Giver, the themes of love, sacrifice and the will of people to survive.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, at first I thought his voice would bother me, but in the end I felt he really captured the two main characters.


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

    Not one specific, there were many.


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    Justin Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-21-13
    Justin Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Father and Son struggle to survive in a Dead World"

    A father try's to teach his son (an 8 year old?) how to survive in a world devoid of life. Set some years in future after some catastrophic cataclysm has blocked the sun and continues to rain ash, the pair take to the road southward to head for warmer climates to combat to freezing cold. Each day is a struggle to find enough food and warmth to make it to the next, compounding their troubles are constant threat of being caught by roaming marauders.
    This book is heart wrenching as the father muses through his memories of the world before. When you fear remembering happy memories because each remembering changes and destroys the thought, and the thought is its only remaining basis in reality. The fear felt by the pair carries through every moment of the book passing from one life threatening scenario to the next.

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    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 02-21-13
    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 02-21-13
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    "Lives up to all the hype"

    An amazing author and narrator to spend time with. This is a great post apocalypse book if you like that genre but it's also about how hard and worthwhile it is to do the right thing even if it kills you. I have a small list of books I would listen to again and this is on the list.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 02-18-13
    Johnny Tallapoosa, GA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bleak Story, But Positive Father-Son Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the interaction between the father and son, and their care and respect for each other. I was pleased that the book was only about 7 hours. I enjoyed the anticipation of how the book would end. Also, in my opinion, Tom Stechschulte is one of the best readers on Audible.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, perfect length for a one-sitting listen.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 02-16-13
    APRIL SHADY SPRING, WV, United States 02-16-13
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    "I was very pleased with this book."
    Would you listen to The Road again? Why?

    It was sad and exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending wasn't as terrible as I expected.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I like the voice he used for the child. It sounded very much like a little boy.


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

    When they broke into the house and found the people locked up. I sat in terror- not moving- waiting to hear what would happen....in the middle of my cube at work.


    Any additional comments?

    excellent read.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Loki United States 10-10-12
    Loki United States 10-10-12
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    "Truly a Classic in the Genre"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It was truly beautiful, and, in many ways, it's a universal story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was really able to pull raw emotions out of me and yet still left me with a feeling of hope. Also, it is the most tender Cormac McCarthy that I have ever read, and that, in itself, was rewarding.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of his other performances.


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

    The novel built up tender moments carefully as it progressed. By the end, I was sobbing, but they were cathartic sobs, less Where the Red Fern Grows sobs and more Breathing Lessons sobs.


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    Jill 09-10-12
    Jill 09-10-12
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    "A journey"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to be better than the print version?

    I felt as though I was on a journey with them both and listening to the story enabled this experience of being alongside them


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father, because he held the hope for the boy and through the long journey was able to pass this hope onto the boy


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first of his books and am now interested in others


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A road to hope


    Any additional comments?

    A suprisingly uplifting gripping story. A must listen

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Warsaw, Indiana, United States 09-03-12
    Phillip Warsaw, Indiana, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense but Interesting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book because it makes you think about relationships and the world differently.


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

    I appreciated the end when a glimmer of hope comes through.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T 08-28-12
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    "Better in Audio than in Print"

    This was one of the only books I've bought where I felt that the audio version was actually better than the print version. I read The Road several years ago, but only recently bought it from Audible. The book was difficult for me to read, despite my interest in the story - McCarthy's writing style made following the story require a bit more effort than I usually like, but Tom Stechschulte reads the story beautifully. He makes the dialogue very distinct and never left me wondering which character had read the last line. His difference between the father, son, and narration is subtle enough to keep the story flowing, but at the same time not so subtle that the listener is ever confused.
    Nothing but praise for this narrator.

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    Sarah Glazer Sparta, TN 08-16-12
    Sarah Glazer Sparta, TN 08-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense"

    I found Cormac McCarthy's work difficult to read. His writing style is very specific and not for everyone, although his subject matter is. So to be able to listen to The Road was the only way this story could come alive for me. Of course, because of the subject matter, it is not the easiest listen. But I think it is an important book on survival, love... humanity. Everyone should read or listen to it. Tom Stechschulte did a great job and I would look for his name again.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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