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The Road

Written by: Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)
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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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A modern classic.

Tough at times but stay with it. Touching and real. McCarthy is the master of prose.

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Emotional! D:

Having two little ones myself, it's hard to imagine living in a world like the one painted in this book. We never once learn the names of the characters but the names aren't important. The relationship between father and son is tested in the harsh new reality but these two stick it out thick or thin. I was moved to tears in the end. The audio performance is wonderful and I could hear the clear differences between the father and son.

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lovely read

narrator was great, excellent prose, could use a it more story, build more emotion for reader in my opinion.

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Exceptional story

Beautiful story. Narrator was not bad, but I wish he didn't speak through clenched teeth when the father is angry and speaking to the boy. The anger seemed far too aggressive for the storyline.

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Love this

This book is dark, with funny moments and gets you really invested into the character. The narration was amazing and the voice was perfect for the tone of the novel. I definitely recommend this book.

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Great Listen & Great Story

I'm glad I got this book, normally I avoid shorter books but I've heard nothing but good about this one and the movie was very good as well. Highly recommend this to anyone.

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No, no, no

I really had a hard time rating a book 1 star on story, and 1 star on narration but I really couldn't rate it anymore. The narration was bleek and boring, and the story was....well, bleak and boring. Nothing happens. there is no beginning, no middle, no end. No struggle. No climax. No depth. I didn't care about the characters. I didn't learn a single thing. I was happy when it was over. Really a disappointment.

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Context.

The Last of us. Is better. Lol. This book was too happy. Didn't push things far enough and was kind of predictable

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feel good hit of the summer! Quick and powerful.

Great narration! A short but meaty read. Wait for a rainy day and grab a glass/bottle of wine.

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oppressive

found the story monotonous. Everyday was a repeat of the day before. maybe the movie will be a little more interesting. But I doubt it

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  • Bobbalinks
  • 2016-11-25

Hated the story.

Just on and on and on and never change. Definitely not for me. Realized to late that it would suck the whole way through so I listened to the end. Terrible.

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  • Bill
  • 2013-01-25

Awful book

What disappointed you about The Road?

The plot! Why in the world this book received so much acclaim is beyond me. Only the clinically depressed could enjoy such depravity, darkness and dreadful despair.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I don't know yet.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes, it made me more careful in choosing books for my next listen

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Nancy L. Collins
  • 2012-09-10

Didn't make it for me.

Any additional comments?

I listened until the end, but this book didn't make it for me. I did not connect with the characters. I was waiting for things to happen, but there were only 2 or 3 occasions that the father and son met up with others. It was long and drawn out. Yes, there was love between father and son, but I did not grow to care about them in a meaningful way. I was excited to buy this book and was sorely disappointed. Others may enjoy this title. I am not one of them.

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  • Garnett
  • 2011-04-04

So Disappointed

I couldn't even listen beyond about 20% of this book. I was not impressed with the reading but worse than that, the story was repetitive and it never caused me to care about either of the two primary characters. It's hard to believe this is the same author who wrote "All The Pretty Horses:"!

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Danette Stankovich
  • 2013-11-05

"The Road" leads nowhere!

I just did not like this book. "The Man", who has no name, tries to protect, "The Boy", who has no name, along "The Road". Although, I don't know who or what he is trying to protect him from. This continues on throughout the whole book. The Road is somewhere in the future after everything has been burned in Armageddon. Everything is covered in ash and they need to find water and food to live. There are really only a few circumstances that another character is even brought into the book. So I don't understand who they are trying to escape from on The Road. This book is just dry and monotonous.

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  • Randall
  • 2007-07-22

PREDICTABLE

predictable says it all!

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  • Peter Thrasher
  • 2018-11-21

Okay. Okay. Okay.

Okay. This is the man’s favorite word. He says “okay” on every page. So does the son. The dialogue is quite repetitive.

The son often asks interesting questions about the past but the father usually shoots him down with an, “Oh, I don’t know.” The whole book, I was waiting for character development that didn’t come. The characters are one-dimensional and don’t even have names. The Road has a promising plot but leaves much to be desired.

The narration was great. Had I purchased the hard copy instead, I would not have finished it.

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  • R. MCRACKAN
  • 2018-04-06

What was I supposed to get from this?

I really don't understand what I was supposed to get from this. It felt like a writing exercise to see if you could create a whole story with nothing but setting. The setting was indeed infinitely believable and viscerally relateable.

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There was no background. No questions asked about nature or humanity. There were only 2 real characters, neither of which had names. There was no action, no plot, and almost no character development. In fact, the author seemed allergic to anything interesting. About 1/2 dozen times throughout the entire book, something of interest would start to happen. And in absolutely no time flat, the scenario was over and we were back to the trudging setting and starvation. It would all feel quite bleak if I weren't left so bored by the monotony.

The dialog structure was annoying and repetitive. Boy: 'Dad, I have a question unrelated to anything so that you can tell the reader what you want to say.' Dad: 'Here's what I want the reader to know.' Boy: 'That's what you want the reader to know?' Dad: 'That's what I want the reader to know.' Seriously, this was a large percentage of the dialog.

Props to the narrator. This book was all about tone and his was perfect in every way.

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  • phillalf
  • 2017-06-16

Bleak but so dull with it!

What disappointed you about The Road?

After 4 hours nothing really has happened. You haven't learnt about the main characters of a father and his soft whining child. In the end you dont care about them for why they are walking or were they're walking too.

Would you ever listen to anything by Cormac McCarthy again?

Probably not

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes slow and dull

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

diappoinment

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  • Ivan
  • 2017-06-04

Nothing happens.

Good narrator. Terrible story. The walking dead without zombies. The ending was even more disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-02

le meilleur livre que j'ai déjà écouté.

L'histoire est incroyable intéressante et la narration en anglais met l'accent dramatique nécessaire. Sans pointer le doigt sur les causes de la destruction du monde, ce livre nous fait réfléchir sur notre mode de vie actuelle.