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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (272,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cormac McCarthy Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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The Road follows a man and a boy, father and son, journeying together for many months across a desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a great, unexplained cataclysm, possibly an impact event. Civilization has been destroyed and most species have become extinct. What has happened outside of North America is left unexplained. Humanity consists largely of bands of cannibals, their captives, and refugees who scavenge for canned food. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 2/15/2014

    " Just read Life of Pi and The Road back to back. Stories of desolation, starvation and lost hope. Def need something happier next. Maybe a book about food... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Broo | 2/11/2014

    " Oh my gosh The Road! I love this book and movie great work. This book does a great job of showing people at their weakest point. A man and his son, try to reach the coast as the world has fallen and humans eat humans, they fight cold weather, no food, no protection, sickness, and death each and everyday. The man has thoughts of killing himself and his son so they die together, because since his wife decided to kill herself and leave them it had a huge impact on both the man and son. The boy always tries to be the "good guy" in every situation they are in. They see a man on the road and he wants to help him but his father knows there is not much they can do so they walk away. This makes the son upset and sort of hate his father. The turning point in the story is when they reach the coast and everything is the same as the rest of the world. Later on the dad passes away and the boy's true feeling come out, he loves his father for always being there and keeping him alive. The boy runs into a man that has kids of his own, he travels with them having his dad always with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie Black | 2/9/2014

    " Read The Road. Perhaps I'm weird but I was disappointed. I was generous in my three star rating. Good package with the minimalism and all, but I didn't come away with any appreciation of anything or having experienced any emotions. So I give it a solid "meh" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Cassan | 2/4/2014

    " This is a marvelous story about the triumph of kindness and the love between a father and son against a landscape utterly filled with death and decay. Highly Recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Manning Owen | 2/3/2014

    " It was okay. Definitely not my idea of a masterpiece though it definitely became more engaging as it went along. It could have accomplished the same in half the time I think but it was worth sticking with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karla | 2/3/2014

    " They aren't kidding when they say that there's no hope in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/19/2014

    " Really good read. Couldn't put it down. One of the best apocalyptic books that I have read. Made me really appreciate a nice cold can of Coca-Cola. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Venus | 1/16/2014

    " Amazing post apocalyptic story of parenthood in adversity "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Solomon | 1/9/2014

    " I had to read it for a college course, but I'm glad I did. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. A VERY morbid look at what the future could bring if we ever experience the apocalypse. Highly recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alec Henriquez | 12/31/2013

    " nope!!! don't do it to yourself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 12/30/2013

    " This repetitive, marginally imaginative book is close to a single star to me. WHY, oh why do writers like McCarthy get huge book and movie deals while far more talented people like Rick Bass toil in near obscurity? This book was far from challenging, which may explain a lot... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 12/11/2013

    " Made me want to hug everyone I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 11/30/2013

    " This is a masterpiece of post apocalyptic story telling - whilst bleak and grinding the human nature to survive, keep going and protect your own and the young is something we can't turn away from. Read it fast! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Taylor | 11/20/2013

    " I'd lumped McCarthy together with Faulkner -- a writer I'd concluded only makes sense to Americans from the South -- until somebody passed me, first, "Country for Old Men," then this, and I realized he might well well be the greatest stylist in contemporary English. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emma Thompson | 7/27/2013

    " Definitly worth a read but it's terribly, terribly bleak. Do not read while you're off sick with flu, like I did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maria | 5/10/2013

    " very monotonous for me. Just thought is was okay and really sub-par to others with the same concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timo | 4/16/2013

    " Empty. Empty and hopeless are my two words for this story. A sad and touching journey of father and son. Very early you sense how this journey is going to end, but you hope for better all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/28/2013

    " Beautifully written, though I found the punctuation of the dialog very frustrating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Clow | 12/20/2012

    " A sobering and thoughtful masterpiece. An easy read and a hard read at the same time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina Walker | 8/24/2012

    " One of my favorite books. Lonely. Beautiful. Terrifying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharell | 4/25/2012

    " Incredible book with vivid details. I just finished it. It's a bit depressing so I feel I have to read something pretty light and fun next. Still a great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mainrun | 3/21/2012

    " The book grew on me. It started slow and not enjoyable. I kept thinking "The Postman" by David Brin was a better apocalyptic story. I still think it is.[return][return]At one point I wished some of the parts were exchanged with "they walked and walked an "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Fu | 11/25/2011

    " Depressing as anything you will ever read. The grammar and syntax really reflect the despair of a post-apocalyptic world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah LaRoche | 10/11/2011

    " This was the bleakest, dustiest, most "so then what?" book I've read in a long time. If any of you adore this book as much as the reviewers on the back cover do, by all means, convince me, because I just don't get it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conor Deegan | 8/15/2011

    " cormac mcCarthy described this book as "a love letter to my son". In an era when divorce is on the rise and most children subject to it mostly experience only maternal love, this story of a father's unwavering love for his son holds a very powerful message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissyfred | 6/30/2011

    " Phenomenal. One of the top five books I've ever read. Never have I seen despair so honestly, fully, and beautiful. His prose is like poetry. Absolutely breath-taking in every way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dobbs | 6/30/2011

    " i loved this book. it had its slow moments but it was a great read. the only thing i didn't like is the fact the mr McCarthy doesn't use quotation marks which makes it sorta hard to read =/ but it was a great book. but be warned its a tear jerker
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/30/2011

    " Maybe my favourite book of all time, 'The Road' perfectly represents a complicated relationship between father and son. Everything else is just context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 6/29/2011

    " One of the most disturbing books I've ever read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LP | 6/29/2011

    " Cormac McCarthy out does himself with this piece of writing. His style's cut and dry. If you'd like to know the symbolism behind his use of the only one name throughout the book, Elijah, I'll tell you if you email me. However, you must first prove to me that you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/28/2011

    " McCarthy's Faulkneresque stream of consciousness writing style took some getting used to. I was hooked from there. This is one of the few works of fiction I have read in the last decade that has stuck with me. It makes you think long after it's over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryrsmith | 6/28/2011

    " Very dark, well written novel. Probably the darkest book I've ever read. It engrossed me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Materurbium | 6/28/2011

    " Just amazing. The story is simple. The language makes it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/27/2011

    " Still, a day does not go by without me thinking about this book! Very graphic...hopefully will never happen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/27/2011

    " Not sure how to rate this. Good riveting read, different style, great survival details... not sure I really get it though! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 6/27/2011

    " Punchy writing of a dreary and sad trek of father and son in a wasteland...I skipped ahead so many times nbut the book never got better for me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/26/2011

    " I didn't like this book when I first started reading it -- I found it very difficult to get into. However, I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Then, though, then it was over. "

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