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The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

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Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2007.

Once in a while a book comes along that is so powerful, so terrible and so beautiful that you are left staggered at its close. This is one such. A journey through a devastated, post-apocalyptic America that is both frightening and strangely hopeful. Father and son share their dreadful experiences and their love.

Abridged audiobook edition.

Read by Rupert Degas.

4 CDs. 5.5 hour

If you like Cormac Mccarthy you might also like to read books by Annie Proulx, Thomas Eidson and Charles Frazier.


The Road by Cormac Mccarthy

The Road has been hailed by critics as a masterpiece. The novel paints a bleak vision of a post-apocalyptic America; a land where no hope remains. A man and his son walk alone towards the coast, and this is the moving story of their journey. The Road is an unflinching exploration of human behaviour – from ultimate destructiveness to extreme tenderness.


'Rupert Degas is the most versatile of narrators: he excels in Haruki Murakami and was Pantalaimon in Philip Pullman’s multivoiced Northern Lights. Chill menace is his forte, so when you turn on his narration of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road get ready to turn into a hypnotised rabbit. McCarthy’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel is set on what feels like a highway to nowhere, and it helps to know that there is a final shard of hope. A determinedly resourceful man and his Christ-like son creep through a hellish, ash-laden landscape, scattered with the broken relics of civilisation and bristling with cannibals. What keeps you listening is the book’s pin-sharp portrait of a father’s love and the fine match of writing style and reader. McCarthy has that Irish gift for words that make music; Degas tells the story with perfect pitch.' Christina Hardyment, The Times

The conspiratorial, undramatic narration heightens the impact of this powerful and chilling vision of a post-apocalyptic America. Father and son struggle to survive in a ruined environment by feeding off the leavings of the dead. Sounds depressing, but is compelling and strangely beautiful.' Rachel Redford, The Times

About the Author

Cormac Mccarthy
Cormac McCarthy is the author of nine novels, and among his honours are the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Publication date

2nd January 2009


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