Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Road Audiobook - A Review

The Road - Cormac McCarthy (Own)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428112782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428112780

Synopsis (from Barnes & Noble website)

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.

My Thoughts:

This is going to be a tiny review. If you are looking for a happy go lucky book, this ain't it. I really enjoyed it, but it is dark, dank, and dreary.

I listened to it in a few days, which for an audiobook is amazing for me. It had me hooked from the get go. It's just so sad. I had to fight back tears in some spots. I will say one thing, I really liked is they didn't give the characters names. It was just "the boy" and "Papa". I don't know why but this fit the book very well. The lengths that the father went to so he could protect his son were heartwarming and something that stayed with me during and after finishing the book.

I'm putting a warning on this because there are few disturbing scenes in the book and I can honestly say a couple of them will stick with me for a long time to come. The scenes aren't long in length but they pack a punch.


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Good review... I havent read this book but I have wondered what it was like.

Anonymous said...

I tried to get this for my husband at the library but they didn't have it!