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The Road

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Cormac McCarthy

Narrated By: Tom Stechschulte

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: March 2007

Duration: 6 hours 42 minutes


The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food-and each other. The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, 'each the other's world entire,' are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.


  • Anonymous

    I found this book to be brilliantly written and the story haunted me long after I listened to the last chapter. The narrative is lyrical and superbly written, and the dialogue between the main characters is basic and reflective of the times they are living in. The Road is a testiment to love and loss and all that makes us human and inhumane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Skylar L.

    Had a bit of a hard time following because of the narration as well as because of my lack of interest in this book

  • Earl Kilgore

    Not for the faint of heart! Unless you are willing to face desolation and hopelessness, this is not for you. For the courageous, however, this is a story that I found moving on many levels. The narration was spot on perfect for the story.

  • Tiffany Von

    Found this book to be a misery to listen to. For me there was no beginning, no ending, and no point to the long depressing words of nothing.

  • Kate

    This story kept me on the edge of my seat. The hopelessness of the characters' situation made me really appreciate what I have and inspired me to think about what I would do if I lost it all. The father and son relationship is beautifully done and very believable.

  • Rhale

    Give this one a chance, I'm glad I did. Still not completely sure how I feel about it - it's different than most of the books I've read - kind of dark and always uncertain, but it made me think and it made me feel and it made me want to know how it ended. It's not a 'zombie' book, but it sort of has that feel - an almost empty world, struggles to survive, hardships, sacrifice, and determination.

  • lorin

    Wonderful book. McCarthy is an excellent writer. The read is well done, he truly grasps the pace of the writing, which is so important in conveying that sense of hope and hopelessness. My only issues was perhaps the last page or so. I feel like the ending is a bit contrived and rushed. It's like McCarthy was just worn out and ended the book abruptly.

  • cheesestake

    Really liked the story and was very impressed with the narration.

  • Anonymous

    In this world of deadbeat dads, its really nice to hear about a beautiful connection between a man and his son. The story kept me riveted, even though the world the charaters lived in was in such a bleak state. I can't wait to see the movie.

  • Savage

    Such beauty in a very bleak story. I really enjoyed this book.


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