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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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    Barbara Davis 04-21-12
    Barbara Davis 04-21-12 Member Since 2001

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I DID NOT LIKE THIS BOOK! Could I be the only one?"

    I read this in 2007. It made me feel like I was in the volcanic eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, covered with ash, the sky raining earth ash, the air painful to breathe. I found no hope in the book and I marvel at the no one has remarked on the strongly implied references to the BOY as the messiah? Or should I take that to mean simply that our only hope is in our young? Nope. This kid was special. It was a dark difficult book and I felt no better at the end than the beginning. I agree it was well written but it was depressing from the first word to the last

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan 04-19-12
    Jan 04-19-12 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "The writing is poetic prose... lyrical and spare.."

    I couldn't stop reading. The man and the boy, "good guys" walking towards warmer weather and other's like them. Together they face the horrors left years after the apocalyse and dangers of traveling. Gradual and sublte changes in voice patterns as son faces fears and becomes a man is incrediably done. If I taught English this would be a mandatory read in high school. I will come back to it again. Think Night by Elie Weisel... the world is horrid but the human spirit of goodness carries the fire. Intense but not profane or vulgar.

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    Christopher 03-05-12
    Christopher 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe. Okay short listen. You won't get lost if you skip a bit of it as it just picks up wherever you left off.


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

    Story line was ok but there were lots of logic faults in the story. If it is raining most of the time, how come there is ash all over the place after years? The viewpoint character thinks like a well educated professor of literature but talks bumpkin when he talks at all. If the kid grew up after the event that set them on their course, how come he is scared of everything and has no idea of how to act under the circumstances? It's good that the story doesn't give any more detail than the characters experience but this leads to the realization that the story could be summed up as life sucks and then you die.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Good performace.


    Did The Road inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. To be a critic of writing style. It was more fun to listen to the story and examine it for all the things you learned in school about writing.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    topcat 02-29-12
    topcat 02-29-12

    We are a couple who love books and occasionally write reviews. We rarely read the same book so our reviews express our individual opinions.

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    "Bleak and disturbing"

    The subject matter is bleak and there is such a strong feeling of hopelessness that I found it hard to listen to the end and was relieved when it was over. Despite the positive aspect of the father's love for the child, it paints a scenario that is devoid of hope until the final few minutes. Do not read if you are suffereing from depression.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Gatesville, TX United States 02-28-12
    Laura Gatesville, TX United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but extremely depressing"

    The story is good and the characters are lovable but my goodness this book was depressing as heck. I liked the ending even though it was sad, and the reader was ok. It was made into a movie but I don't think I want to see it. Just too darn depressing.

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    Donald Dennison, MN, United States 02-15-12
    Donald Dennison, MN, United States 02-15-12
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    "Tough story, but good!"

    This is a tough book to get through, only because of the subject. Everything feels so bleak and seems hopeless. But, in thinking about it, I imagine that life after a nuclear war would seem that way. Then, if you look at the main characters in the story, it is not bleak and hopeless at all. Their is love and devotion, in fact, it is that very love and devotion that carries them through to the end, which, is in itself, very full of hope. A father and his son... guys, what would you do? Could you handle this? Or would you fall apart? Listen to this book, and walk the road with them, you will be glad you did!

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    Marsha Truman Cooper United States 01-30-12
    Marsha Truman Cooper United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "How do you carry your fire?"

    It's billed as a survival story, true enough. But again and again during the book, I asked myself to define "survival." McCarthy shows us its cost, its great cost. We contemplate surviving at all cost. And then? Would we still be "carrying the fire?" Tom Stechschulte's voice gives a spare but solid life to the number of times the word "ash" is needed for this tale. I experienced the masterpiece in broad daylight, which I began to cherish anew with every paragraph.

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    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 01-16-12
    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2017
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    "very sad yet important book"

    For a while I thought that the boy was a made up person in the 'father's' mind. The author takes the well defined theme of a post apocalypse scenario and strips it down to the essentials of a road story of survival. Very well read and it is a beautifully written story. Similar to 'The Passage' in parts, or 'Dies the Fire', and other sci fi novels of the dystopia kind, it focuses on the relationship between father and son.

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    Shelly Brush Prairie, WA, United States 01-03-12
    Shelly Brush Prairie, WA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    maybe


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cormac McCarthy? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like his writing.


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

    The Boy


    Any additional comments?

    I am still thinking about this one. so many unanswered questions, but then again maybe no further explanation is needed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Princess Canada 12-15-11
    Princess Canada 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Heart-wrenchingly beautiful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to be better than the print version?

    It's not often that I find audiobooks to be better than their print versions... however, The Road is a rare exception. Tom Stechschulte's raspy voice is absolutely perfect for this novel, and he does an exceptional job of bringing McCarthy's chilling yet lyrical prose to life.

    The Road-while heartbreaking-is truly a pleasure to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Man. Tom does an excellent job conveying his love and devotion to the Boy.


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

    I haven't...but now I want to download everything he's ever done.


    If you could rename The Road, what would you call it?

    The Road is a perfect name.


    Any additional comments?

    Exceptionally well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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