The Road

Version: Unabridged
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Narrator: Tom Stechschulte
Genres: Literature
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 45 minutes
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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.

Reviews (44)


Written by Anonymous on August 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An incredible story and wonderful narrator. McCarthy's words resonated with me long after I finished. Highly recommend.

Written by Jade C. on August 3rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

loved it very well done defo one I will play again & again


Written by Mudassar B. on August 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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”.


Written by Thomas S. on July 26th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the very best I have ever listened to, I loved it !


Written by Anonymous on July 17th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Pulp fiction

Written by Skylar L. on May 19th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Had a bit of a hard time following because of the narration as well as because of my lack of interest in this book

Written by Earl Kilgore on March 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.


Written by Tiffany Von on January 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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.

Makes you think...

Written by Kate on May 10th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Give it a chance - not a light read

Written by Rhale from Laporte, IN on February 20th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

McCarthy, Cormac

Cormac McCarthy was born in Rhode Island. He attended the University of Tennessee in the early 1950s, and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving four years, two of them stationed in Alaska. McCarthy then returned to the university, where he published in the student literary magazine and won the Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing in 1959 and 1960. McCarthy next went to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper.

The Orchard Keeper was published by Random House in 1965; McCarthy's editor there was Albert Erskine, William Faulkner's long-time editor. Before publication, McCarthy received a traveling fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which he used to travel to Ireland. In 1966 he also received the Rockefeller Foundation Grant, with which he continued to tour Europe, settling on the island of Ibiza. Here, McCarthy completed revisions of his next novel, Outer Dark.

In 1967, McCarthy returned to the United States, moving to Tennessee. Outer Dark was published by Random House in 1968, and McCarthy received the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing in 1969. His next novel, Child of God, was published in 1973. From 1974 to 1975, McCarthy worked on the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener's Son, which premiered in 1977. A revised version of the screenplay was later published by Ecco Press.

In the late 1970s, McCarthy moved to Texas, and in 1979 published his fourth novel, Suttree, a book that had occupied his writing life on and off for twenty years. He received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and published his fifth novel, Blood Meridian, in 1985.

After the retirement of Albert Erskine, McCarthy moved from Random House to Alfred A. Knopf. All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Trilogy, was published by Knopf in 1992. It won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was later turned into a feature film. The Stonemason, a play that McCarthy had written in the mid-1970s and subsequently revised, was published by Ecco Press in 1994. Soon thereafter, Knopf released the second volume of The Border Trilogy, The Crossing; the third volume, Cities of the Plain, was published in 1998.

McCarthy's next novel, No Country for Old Men was published in 2005. This was followed in 2006 by a novel in dramatic form, The Sunset Limited, originally performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago and published in paperback by Vintage Books. McCarthy's most recent novel, The Road, was also published by Knopf in 2006.