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Description

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.

©2006 M-71, Ltd. (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

Critiques

"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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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.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • robert weinstein
  • 17/02/2017

I found this one tedious <br /><br /><br />

I felt like they kept telling the same story over and over first Hungry cold and starving then we find food someplace then we eat and we're hungry then we're starving moving on

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Will
  • 31/08/2016

Didn't see it like the others I guess

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't get into deep characters with intriguing diologue. an example (not directly quoted, but how it left em feeling): "Papa we are the good guys?" "yeah" "because we carry the fire" "yeah" "i'm hungry" "me too" "are you cold" "yeah" "I'm cold too" "yeah" "I'm hungry" "yeah".

What was most disappointing about Cormac McCarthy’s story?

Dry and dull, and as a father I didnt' connect with the father of this story in any way. I didn't feel he prepared the boy well for their circumstance.

What aspect of Tom Stechschulte’s performance would you have changed?

He did well.

What character would you cut from The Road?

Of the 3 -5 characters in the whole story?? would be hard to cut any.

Any additional comments?

I just didn't find it great... it wasn't terrible... but it was only just good. At one point I even debated finishing it.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Polyhymnia
  • 14/07/2016

Yawn

The only benefit here is that it is a short read. Incredibly repetitive, dreary, and disappointing. Perhaps there is a metaphor I missed. The ending seems totally disconnected with the rest of the book. Very odd that it won a Pulitzer.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • MSGirl43
  • 25/03/2015

The Road Without End

What disappointed you about The Road?

The concept of these people walking down, or up, a road day after day; of humans and other oxygen breathing creatures EXISTING on this planet where all plants have been destroyed is totally illogical. That annoyed me so badly that I rushed through the last couple of chapters. I just wanted to get it over with.

What was most disappointing about Cormac McCarthy’s story?

The book just kept on and on with so many questions unanswered. What happened? A war? An accident? An experiment gone wrong? What happened to the boy's mother? How could these people live without oxygen? Why didn't the atmospheric gases change as a result of the world-wide fires?

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's voice was very dull, without expression most of the time.

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

Annoyance as previously explained, and disappointment that I had wasted my time and money on the book.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • peter
  • 20/02/2015

Disappointed!!

The authors descriptive talent of painting a visual picture of an apocalyptic world was spot on. But, in a book with only two characters I would of enjoyed better dialogue between them. It was very repetitive and boring with little feeling evoked.

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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • David
  • 26/03/2014

Disapointed

What would have made The Road better?

Something happening.

Has The Road turned you off from other books in this genre?

I hope not.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Script

What character would you cut from The Road?

The Crying Child and the Nannar Daddy. Oh wait yeah that's pretty much everyone.

Any additional comments?

Almost afraid to watch the movie again. I do NOT remember it being this bad.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Danette Stankovich
  • 05/11/2013

"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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  • Global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • steven
  • 11/10/2013

depressing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

nothing

Would you ever listen to anything by Cormac McCarthy again?

never

What didn’t you like about Tom Stechschulte’s performance?

so slow

Any additional comments?

this book never explains pass never get better I kept waiting for it to get better but no luck'
its depressing from start to finish

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Nancy L. Collins
  • 10/09/2012

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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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Jordan
  • 24/06/2007

Tedium Uninterrupted

To say that a post-apocalyptic world would be difficult and dismal doen't seem very innovative. To take this basic concept and stretch it over the period of severla hoursr is excruciating. Perhaps if there had been some more depth regarding the pre-apocalypse nature of the characters, the events leading up to the event, etc. - it could have been bearable. Whatever you do, don't listen to this when you're in a depressive state. Believe me, it only gets worse and worse.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • folgren
  • 30/10/2007

Bis ans Ende und weiter

Wer die erdrückende Vison Cormac McCarthys aus Draußen im Dunkel kennt, dem wird Die Straße beinah altersweise vorkommen. Auch hier bewegen sich zwei Menschen durch die Schattenwelt, auch hier schafft es McCarthy durch seine meisterliche Beschreibung von Landschaft und Mensch, seine pointierten Dialoge dem Leser das Gefühl zu vermitteln, was es bedeutet, in einer zerstörten Welt zu überleben. Mit ihr ist alles untergegangen, was die Menschheit ausmachte, und geblieben ist nur der Behauptungswille, sich am Leben zu halten, sei es dadurch, daß man die eigene Spezies verspeist oder sich durch die Hoffnung am Leben hält, daß irgendwo etwas auf einen wartet, was einem das Leben erleichtert. Vielleicht wollte uns McCarthy in seinem neuen Roman diese Hoffnung nicht ganz nehmen, so daß das Ende zu verheißungsvoll ausgefallen ist. Man beneidet den Autor um seine Sprache, seine erzählerischen Visionen, sein Vermögen den Menschen als das zu sehen, was er ist: Ein Stück Natur. Ein starker Roman.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ralf Schirrmacher
  • 12/05/2017

amazing story

The Road is one of those post apocalyptic narratives that leaves you thinking about life and the future of mankind. It is engrossing and frightening at times picturing the horrors of a decaying world without humanity. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/12/2015

Ein Buch zu 50 % bestehend aus "It'll be all right

Was genau hat Sie an The Road enttäuscht?

Wie kann man ein Buch schreiben und womöglich noch Erfolg haben, wenn ca 50 % aus direkter Rede "It'll be all right" (was es im Endeffekt nicht ist) , "I don't know" , "Papa" besteht? Nur für Masochisten. Ein apokalyptischer Hintergrund, in dem es von "bad "nur zu "worse" uns schließlich "worst" geht. Sehr abzuraten.

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