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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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  • K. Gallagher
  • 02/07/2016

Disappointed.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd like to know more about why the country was scorched and how it became that way. I suppose not knowing the full story keeps you guessing.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I story line or plot didn't keep me 'wanting more'. Half way through I was just looking forward to the end where maybe something interesting would happen or I could move on to the next book. I was hapy to know as I went through that it was a short story of just 6+ hours.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Stechschulte?

The narrator did a good job but honestly, the voices never fit persons image I had in my head and there were only three voices to play so probably a routine job for Tom.

Did The Road inspire you to do anything?

Ah, start burying cans of food for the apocalypse?

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  • Jensen
  • 12/04/2014

Highly overrated

Would you try another book from Cormac McCarthy and/or Tom Stechschulte?

No to Cormac McCarthy
Yes to Tom Stechschulte

What could Cormac McCarthy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it I guess

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Despite the lack of grammar, quite good narration, I'm impressed

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

Mostly WTF?

Any additional comments?

A world like this is not possible, without insects and flowers/trees, the world would be empty of all life in 2 years, ALL LIFE

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/05/2017

Hmm

I read this book as a requirement for an AP English course, but I would not read it if it were up to me. If you are into apocalypse themed stuff then it is excellently crafted and slightly weird. Kind of hard to read dialogue without the audiobook so if you must read the book then you should get this too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26/01/2017

A distopian road to nowhere

As dry and pedantic a novel as I have experienced. Try one of his other books, Blood Meridian was much more interesting

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  • T F
  • 16/01/2017

miserable, depressing story,

depressing, didn't finish, didn't want to hear any more, so sad, awful, terrible, gross, foul

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  • Dave
  • 19/07/2017

Not what I expected

What disappointed you about The Road?

Based on the reviews I read I expected a very passionate story that was gripping and well told. Instead I listened to a monotonous series of conversations between Poppa and the boy. The story started no where and led no where.

Would you ever listen to anything by Cormac McCarthy again?

This is the only book that I have read from this author so I will not judges his other works. I would consider another book by this author but I am in no hurry.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Stechschulte?

John Meagher would have provided must more personality to the limited characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Road?

None, the story needed more not less scenes.

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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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  • 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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  • Michael G.
  • 15/06/2018

Opportunity Lost

Did I miss something? The writing was interesting and the reading/performance was very good. But I came close to putting this book down several times and didn't only because I kept thinking "something really interesting is about to happen". It never did.

The author has a great imagination and a compelling way of writing. This could have been a very good, if not great book, if there was more story. Other than being occasionally horrified at depths to which humanity could fall in a crisis (as imagined by the author), I was bored. It was an opportunity lost.

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  • Michael
  • 03/03/2017

Predictable. Slow.

I had to read this book for a book club. I try to only contribute positive things to the group, so I think I'll remain pretty quiet on this one.

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  • 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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  • 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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