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The Road

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Tom Stechschulte

6 Hours 42 Minutes

Recorded Books

March 2007

Audio Book Summary

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.

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  • Anonymous

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Jade C.

    loved it very well done defo one I will play again & again

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  • Mudassar B.

    Just completed the novel. The author portrayed the relationship of the father and his son so beautifully. Even in the worst of times, it is love and compassion which helps you to go on. You are alive as long as you have “the fire in you”.

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  • Thomas S.

    One of the very best I have ever listened to, I loved it !

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  • Anonymous

    Pulp fiction

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  • 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

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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.

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