Written By: Cormac McCarthy

Narrated By: Tom Stechschulte

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

    An incredible story and wonderful narrator. McCarthy's words resonated with me long after I finished. Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kathy B

    I can't decide whether I liked this book or not, but it was a departure from my normal diet of mysteries, so I enjoyed the change. I kept wishing I knew the why behind the book....I guess that's left to our imagination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

  • Mandi Chestler

    The Road is creepy and grizzly, depressing and distressing. Only Cormac McCarthy's horrifyingly beautiful mastery of the English language kept me listening to this audio book. If you like having nightmares, then this is the CD for you. The ending is unfortunately disappointing, as if the author simply ran out of steam, or finally scared himself with his own dark flights of fancy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joann Walker

    I was extremely moved by the relationship between father and son in this amazing novel. Though some have reported that they found the topic too depressing, we may be faced with the very same nightmare of events in the not too far off future. The author minced no words in describing the horrendous scenes of devastation and yet I found the book to be quite poetic as well as prophetic. Through the eyes of the boy, Mr. McCarthy portends that even in a time of complete destruction, love and hope can still shine through the darkness. I loved the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Barbara Smith

    Powerful, wrenching, thought provoking, ultimately uplifting. This book was not so much a "good read" as it was an experience. The dialog was deceptively simple and the repeated exchanges of "OK" were intimate shorthand declarations of faith, commitment, trust & understanding between loved ones. I started listening in the car but soon found the need to pay much more attention to this gripping tale of Everyman and what it means to love, to be human, to endure, to hope, to have faith, to change, to grow, to survive. Days later, The Road is still in my thoughts and still deeply meaningful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Lilly

    Loved this book! So graphic-you can feel yourself there amongst the grayness, starving and my heart raced when they were hiding from the bad! Shows the theme that children trust their parents completely...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This was one of the most thought provoking books I have ever read. I loved it. I've always been fascinated with other's perceptions of Heaven, this is certainly a version of Hell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Barbara Duncan

    I never imagined when Oprah recommended this book that it would be this awful. If I wanted to be depressed I'd just watch the news!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Thomas Rorex

    The book is as haunting as the movie. I remember how Shook I was coming out of the theater watching the movie years ago, this was not as bad, but you certainly feel it!


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