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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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    Kim Lewisham, Australia 01-21-11
    Kim Lewisham, Australia 01-21-11
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    "Uplifting"

    The two words connected most with reviews of this book are 'bleak' and 'harrowing.' Let's put this in perspective. Yes, the setting of a post-apocalyptic America is bleak and, yes, the speed at which the remnants of society break down and return to neanderthal savagery is harrowing, but they are not the focus of this book, merely the backdrop and one of its symptoms. The true story is one of undying hope, of incredible courage, and of the power of the desperate love shared between a father and his son. It is uplifting and heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking. But it is extraordinarily beautiful. Considering the position McCarthy put himself in by creating such a monotonous journey in such a monotonous place, it is a testimony to his incredible gift that he pulled it off with such majesty. Worth every one of its rave reviews. An absolute must.

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    Heather Green St Louis, Mo 01-10-11
    Heather Green St Louis, Mo 01-10-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Very well executed"

    This is not an easy read...er, listen. The story is bleak, heartbreaking, frightening and profound. I have always liked this author for his dreamlike and direct writing style. He's not easy though; and I do struggle through his books, but I never feel disappointed when I'm done. Not only was this book very well written; the narration was excellent. I felt Tom Stecheshulte had the write rythmn; the right inflections and emotion and the write change in voice to bring this story to life. I tend to imagine a story more vividly with audio than when reading and I felt that his narration only enhanced my experience. You take your chances when having a book read to you. I have listened to quite a few audio books and I find it incredibly distracting and almost disgusted when the narration is even remotely sub-par. There is no danger of that on this reading. Cormac is not for everyone, but if you keep an open mind you might be very glad you took the time to experience this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura MOORHEAD, MN, United States 01-01-11
    Laura MOORHEAD, MN, United States 01-01-11 Member Since 2014
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    "6.5 Hours of EPIC"

    Fantastic. Simply fantastic. I'm not usually a fan of apocalyptic fiction, mostly because it seems the genre has been really overdone in recent years. The Road, however, reads like the OG of end-of-the-world stories.
    Although the plots are very different, the only thing I can really compare it to is Richard Mathison's I Am Legend. The emotional responses generated by these stories are similar in their intensity and subject matter. While listening to The Road, it's impossible not to wonder what you'd do in this or that situation. I was alternatly horrified and touched, and over the course of what is weeks and weeks in the story, but somehow less than 7 hours in audiobook time, I developed as complex and as strong a bond with the main characters of this book as I have with any other in 30 years of reading. Like Mathisons's I Am Legend, the ending is quietly epic, and will leave you thinking, and again, wondering.
    Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. It's a Pulitzer Prize winner for a reason.
    Also, the narrator is quite simply the best I've ever heard.

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    Cassie DENVER, CO, United States 12-16-10
    Cassie DENVER, CO, United States 12-16-10

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    "LOVED IT!!!"

    This was my first audio book I have ever listened to, and I really enjoyed it. I felt as if I was a third character walking with the man and boy. It is very depressing, but makes you take a second look at your own life and what you would do in the same situation as the two characters. I LOVED THIS BOOK!

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    Hugh Leysin, Switzerland 12-13-10
    Hugh Leysin, Switzerland 12-13-10 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the greatest living writers in English."

    This novel is terrible and beautiful, like all of McCarthy's work. His writing will stand the test of time and, unless the world ends up as it has in this book, he will be remembered and read for generations.

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    Eleanor Sydney, Australia 11-17-10
    Eleanor Sydney, Australia 11-17-10
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    "Magnificent"

    The is is magnificent book but it just tears you heart out....bleak, stark beautifully written - sparse writing but conveys so much. Tom Stechschulte reads is wonderfully.

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    Gale Blakehurst, Australia 11-02-10
    Gale Blakehurst, Australia 11-02-10
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    "Read before your watch the movie"

    A great audio experience. The unrelenting hardships and isolation are almost palpable.
    The only thing I found a little difficult was the boy being so soft - surely a child born into a world in destruction would grow up more self reliant and capable.
    Enjoyed the audio far more than the movie.

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    Chad Independence, MO, United States 08-21-10
    Chad Independence, MO, United States 08-21-10
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I enjoyed The Road as I'm a fan of the genre. It was a concise book that built a lot of suspense and drew the listener in emotionally. The ending (not the very end, but rather the tail end of the book) was a little disappointing. Well worth the time and money though.

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    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 08-19-10
    Deb New Milford, CT, United States 08-19-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling"

    I don't usually go for novels like this, but I read it at my teenage son's insistence. It was dark, bleak and hopeless but I absolutely could not put it down. Even though I call it a "post apocolyptic" Grapes of Wrath or Angela's Ashes where the story never takes a turn for the better, I would recommend reading it to anyone.

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    M. Sanders 08-03-10
    M. Sanders 08-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well written (my first book review)"

    I found this audible book somewhat difficult to listen. Not because it was poorly written, but on the contary, because it was well written. Having a son, the author was able to engage my emotions, causing me to wonder what would I do if my son and I was in a similar situation. I highly recommend this book. I really like the Biblical aspect at the end of the story (I will leave it at that as not to give away the ending).

    Mike

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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