The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Road - Tom Stechschulte, Cormac McCarthy

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 amongst 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.