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The Road

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Cormac McCarthy

Narrated By: Tom Stechschulte

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: September 2006

Duration: 6 hours 42 minutes


New territory for McCarthy: a post apocalyptic landscape where readers meet a man who recalls a better world and a boy who doesn't. With all the trademarks of vintage McCarthy'a man and his young son, a blasted American landscape, sparse prose that is at once brutal and tender'The Road further cements McCarthy's stature as one of America's greatest living novelists.


  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Anonymous

    This book kept me intrigued as father and son journey through an apocalyptic world. At times I was sucked into the despair and dreariness of their life. But alas, was uplifted at the strength of the human spirit. Ultimately, in order to survive we must learn to's too bad that the "man" did not figure that out sooner. Wise and compassionate beyond his years, the "boy" becomes the link to the future...


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