Just Press Play
, May 2010
Degas is an Englishman by birth, but he has no trouble shifting from the Scottish locale of Skulduggery Pleasant to a completely credible American accent for McCarthy’s heart-rending, suspenseful story of a man and a boy struggling to live on in a post-apocalyptic America in which everything has died, save for a few sad and dangerous people.
McCarthy’s book is a meditation on love, loss, the will to live, obligation, ecology, and the essentials of morality and survival. Degas reads it with a great deal of heart, bringing to life the scared boy and his loving but increasingly desperate father. His reading might even make you cry. Not every narrator can do that.
The Naxos version is slightly abridged (about an hour shorter than the full-length version), but Degas’ narration is so skillful that it’s really worth a listen—even for folks like me, for whom a post-apocalyptic "downer" isn’t ordinarily the first choice in reading material.