The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Surround yourself with chocolate, wine and a pet or two who will let you sob all over them before settling into this one . . .

Retro Review

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
241 Pages
A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men who stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

My Thoughts

This story is about a man and his boy struggling for survival in a world destroyed by some sort of cataclysmic event. I’ve read a few reviews of this book and the movie version (which I have not seen) and knew what I was getting into but I have to admit that I wasn’t quite prepared for the absolute funk this book put me into while listening to it. It is about struggling to survive among the bleakest of odds. It’s dark and it’s so very sad. It's terrible and awful with such painful moments of loveliness. There is very little dialogue and the conversations between the man and his boy are always very brief but the author manages to convey the desperation facing the pair and the strong bond and love between them.

I’ve heard the writing style is difficult when read in book form but this wasn’t an issue with the audiobook. The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, was awesome and amazing and his gritty voice perfectly suited to the material. If you enjoy audiobooks and are in the right head space for a story so grim I recommend finding a copy of this audio version. Just make sure you have something that makes you happy nearby after you’re finished because you’ll need it.

My booklikes friend recommends Cute Overload . It worked for me!


  1. You definitely need something uplifting when you finish this book. I am not sure how I felt about it. I don't know that I liked it but I couldn't put it down either. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. I've definitely been curious about this one. I've seen the movie on Netflix too but haven't watched it yet, it does look quite grim. I may tackle it one of these days.

    1. I've heard the written version can be a little hard to get through but the audio worked for me. It is grim through and through though.


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