The Road

Written by:
Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by:
Tom Stechschulte

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2007
6 hours 41 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.
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An incredible story and wonderful narrator. McCarthy's words resonated with me long after I finished. Highly recommend.

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Certainly beautifully written, and immersive narration. It’s not a new dystopian concept, and yet, a story I wanted to listen to the end. Such as it was

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A very powerful book. Enjoyed every bit of it.

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Eamon M.

Great narration and voices for the characters. Incredible book.

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The end of the world - we dont know why nor for the survivors what hope is left for a possible future. Awful with no beginning nor end but beautifully written, poetry.

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Markham R.

Majority of the book is: Boy: “I’m scared Papa” Papa: “I’m sorry son”

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I’m not sure how this book is award winning. I found it boarding and monotonous. Yes I get it’s a story about the end of the world and survival. Blah,blah,blah. But there was so much room to make this a very good book. The narration was flat and monotone. I found myself tuning out

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Osman Raidhan

I had high expectations for this but found it a bit too slow and repetitive. However the world building and characters were well fleshed out and kept me engaged.

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D. Morrison

I wanted to like this book and had pretty high expectations but it was difficult to follow along with, the overuse and repetitive nature of his descriptions and comparisons made it dull to listen to. I didn't love the narrator's voice either if I am being totally honest.

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Peter J.

Didn’t know what to expect, I think I’ve seen a part of the film so perhaps that’s what pricked my interest. I thought it was a great listen. Heart wrenching and heart warming. I thought the narration was spot on for this book. How a short period of time of two fictitious peoples lives in a fictitious time can keep me so wrapped is amazing.

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Yvonne N.

A truly grim world depicted in this book. Really makes you think about what is 'living' as opposed to just 'surviving'. Enjoyed it a lot. Way better than the movie.

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Valerie P.

A difficult and haunting book to read, not my typical genre but in the end I’m glad I read it. McCarthy explores the human response when everything is ending, and in particular, the focus is on a father and son. I’d recommend it if you like end of the world science fiction.

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Christine P.

This is one of my favourite books and movies! I am a huge dystopian fan! This book is heartbreaking, sad and hopeful. I am a blubbering mess at the end of this book and movie! I have read it many times and it still gets me! This book is definitely worth the read and the narrator does a great job!

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David C.

Dark, depressing ,powerful, a nightmare for most people , with little hope of salvation . The slow and anguishing walk through the country , with only misery behind , and a drive with scant hope pushing them on. A story that stays with you for a long time after you stop listening.

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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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Michael A.

Very dull read but had it see it thru to the end to see what happened. Waste of my time. Very disappointed

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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