The story starts with a man and his son traveling down a road in a ash covered country, hoping to get far South for better weather. They are living on the desolate land, scrounging for food and trying to stay alive with the elements, thieves and cannibalistic killers on their heels. This story of survival is really interesting throughout although there are some flaws with the story.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Road to be better than the print version?
I do not have the print version but the narrator was truly exceptional in the story.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The most interesting aspect of the story was the survival mentality that the man and boy must take on. It’s wonderful how the man is able to maintain his humanity through the boy. The love is strong in this storyline and the reader/listener is reminded of that in the intricate details of how they interact. The least interesting aspect is that the story is very linear and can become dry when you have two characters through the duration of the story and one of them being a child, the dialogue and back story can suffer. I think the author should have taken more time (through the dialogue perhaps) to explain to readers what has happened to the world, what’s been going on since the boy was born, etc. There were many questions left unanswered like: Why are they migrating south in winter? What made them need to leave during that time so abruptly? Where did they live before? What happened to the world? What’s the end goal once they make it South?
All these things were left out and therefore, the listener is put in a place of questioning everything that occurs instead of enjoying the flow of the story.
Furthermore, I had a BIG problem with the dialogue. It was a series of “Okay” and “I don’t know” throughout the ENTIRE book. It was so bad that we even started answering for the characters as we were listening by mouthing the words, “Okay” and “I don’t know” at the proper times. Hopefully in the movie, it won’t be as noticeable as it is when listening.
In the end, you will cry. If you don’t cry, you need to make sure you have a heart in that chest of yours.
Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?
There were really only two characters. The father was the most endearing character because he shows growth, conviction and bravery. He had a set of views that really shook me in the beginning but he progressed over time. The end was just heart wrenching in the narrator’s portrayal of him.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Surviving the road is tough. Deciding when to leave is tougher.
Any additional comments?
Narrator did an awesome job and would love to hear more from him!