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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.

©2006 M-71, Ltd.; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

Critic Reviews

"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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A well-deserved Pulitzer. Beautiful & engrossing.

Where does The Road rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best book I've read or listened to in many years. An incredible story of the love between a father and son living in a world where everything beautiful has been destroyed. I felt stunned when it was over. Two hours before it ended I wished there were 20 hours left to go.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is heartwarming, heartbreaking, funny and terrifying. This is truly a masterpiece.

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

He is the perfect narrator for this story. His voice is riveting and perfect for this piece. I was impressed by his reading of No Country for Old Men, which is one of the reasons I chose to listen to this book next. I had no idea how good he really is.

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

Not really applicable - all the characters are memorable, but there are only 2 throughout most of the story.

Any additional comments?

Please don't pass this by if you are someone who treasures the power of language.

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great

narrator had a very smooth voice very easy to listen to and hard to put down

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  • DJP
  • Takoma Park, MD
  • 01-07-15

Beautiful reading of a great book

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McCarthy's story of a father struggling to keep himself and his son alive, physicially and spiritually, as they wander in a wasted post-Apocalyptic America, is incredibly bleak but is also gripping and suspenseful, and the prose is lean but poetic and even lyrical. Tom Stechschulte's reading is dramatic and emotive, and expertly conjures the characters and the narrative voice. I tried watching a few minutes of the movie adaptation and immediately turned it off because I knew right away it could not come close to the power of the story as rendered by McCarthy's prose and Stechshulte's reading. I may get around to reading the book in print some day, but this spoken version may be hard to beat.

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Needs more adjectives, adverbs, verbs, and phrases

What did you like best about The Road? What did you like least?

What I liked most about this book is that I got it for just 1 credit.

Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Stechschulte’s performances?

I will Absolutely not try another performance by Tom Stechshulte.

Was The Road worth the listening time?

The Road was not worth the time I spent listening to it, I wish I had given up and tried something else but I hoped that maybe there was something good and interesting just around the corner.

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Trundle, grey, black, dark, cold, of it, plod, murk, and waste. are all used roughly a hundred times throughout this not so very long book. Cormac McCarthy needs to read more dark poetry to find inspiration or even just directly copy others good ideas on describing the bleak world of this book. Hearing the same words over and over actually made me annoyed and uninterested with the book; not a good reaction to the writing.

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It just happens to be my pet peeve...

That is to say, I can't stand it when there's a young'ish child as a main character who whines and is scared the whole time. After the 15th "papaaaaa! I'm scaaaaaared!", my head just wanted to explode. Blake Crouch's "Run" is the same exact way, by the way..

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Unbelievably Special

Would you listen to The Road again? Why?

Absolutely. It takes you in a special way to a very horrible place. It's so beautifully narrated and paced that you cannot help but get absorbed.

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Honestly, please do yourself a favor and listen to this book. I cannot imagine it being done any other way and there is not a single thing I would change about it.

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Very well written and a wonderful story.

This is wonderfully well written, the story is really very interesting and the characters are unusally unique and individualized. The story was so very depressing but I could not put it down. You have to listen closely so that you do not miss anything every word in the story seems to make the story and if you miss some of it, it'll take a long time before you finally catch up with what's happening to the main and secondary characters namly "the man" and "the boy". I most certainly highly recommend this book it'll pull at your heart, create a bit of anger towards your fellow man and end with the softness of love, peace and family in a single paragraph. You won't be disappointed if you like the end of the world as we know it type of story along with such personal and human characters as "the man" and "the boy".

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Fine Dystopian Fiction

Very private look at societal breakdown. We are all cannibals in the end. Blood Meridian is his master work.

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  • Andrew
  • FAIR OAKS, CA, United States
  • 10-16-14

Bleak

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A bleak post-apocalyptic story, about a man and his son, in a land where there is almost no food and most animals are extinct. I actually saw the movie first, but the book is of course much better. I did enjoy this book, but don't read it if you are looking for a happy story.

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4 stars for style, 3 for content

I like post-apocalyptic stories, and I've read some great ones (Day of the Triffids and Alas, Babylon are standouts), but, alas, this is not one of the great ones. And Audible doesn't have a way to distinguish "writing style" and "story content", so I decided to give a 4 all 'round, but really it's for the sparse and emotional style more than the content itself. The content has unrealistic happenings and holes you could drive a bus through, though I was happy, while reading, to suspend my disbelief - the style and emotion (and narration) was that good.

I loved the incredibly realistic, but repetitive, dialogues with The Boy -- his unhelpful, repeated responses of "OK" and repeated declarations his needs ("But I'm hungry" or "I'm really scared") are just like a small boy would make, and bring a realistic touch to an unbelievable landscape. The landscape is unbelievable - stark, cold, gray, empty - and the entire book is shadowed with those emotions. The Boy is both the Man's conscience and hope in an unforgiving world of those few who are desperate to survive, and the Man is the Boy's father -- which means he is the Boy's everything when there are no other people for days and months on end.

The resolution is abrupt and undeveloped, popping up without warning and not any better because it is a positive ending on a depressing story. Good narration, good emotions, good dialogue, good narration, but only fair in terms of actual plot and storyline.