Audible Member Since 2003
This is a great work of art. The prose is rich and colorful, full of detail that paints stark and vivid murals. Frank Muller does an admirable job of reading/acting. It helps to know a little Spanish, but the untranslated snippets of the language add to the reality and flavor of this wonderful story. Sensous and yet brutal, this ranks among my favorites.
Wow. I listen to books on my commute. This book will have you sitting in your driveway or office parking lot long after you've arrived. I ran errands for my wife just to listen to more...
There are others that have reviewed this book that are far more literary in nature than me. Suffice it to say, I loved the book and wish the other two books in the Border Trilogy were available unabridged.
Frank Muller is perfect. I now search Audible simply to find what books he has read and purchase those.
This is a great audiobook, Frank Muller's narration really brings the story to life. Listening to this at night you feel as if your there. I wish I could find more audio books this good...
The writing style is similar and as close I've ever heard to Ernest Hemingway. However, McCarthy sets his books in different locations than Hemingway did. This is a great compliment. I absolutely loved this book. If you don't like books then see the movie staring none other than Matt Damon. It was great also.
Like many one- and two-star print reviewers on amazon or goodreads, I never could get into reading McCarthy because of his minimalist punctuation and his polysyndetic syntax, producing seemingly never-ending sentences. I don't know whether McCarthy intended for it to seem biblical, but I couldn't stand reading it. On the other hand, Frank Muller's fabulous narration is a pleasure to the ear. His rendition of dialect and Spanish is amazing, giving each character has a distinct voice. To succeed, he must also be like an editor who parses the writing to give it the correct pace and voice, supplying all the missing commas and quotation marks. Six stars all around.
The writing is classic prose, sure and profound, and the story addresses the deepest emotions of love and death. I recognize the inherent nostalgia for a simpler time and place. There are some conceits that are a little hard to describe without spoiling the story, so I won't go into detail. One is Dueña Alfonsa's self-assured, lengthy monologue about her life and the history of Mexico, which strikes me as out of place in context. Another is John Grady's conversation with the judge at his home, which seems out of character. His self-expressed motivation rings hollow--as the judge suggests, only Jesus himself could be that ethical.
The story balances coming-of-age romanticism and social Darwinism, all rolled up into a coherent whole. To me, the conclusion is fitting and realistic, but I have not yet read the rest of the trilogy.
The book is a fine piece of literature that could never be faithfully transformed into a movie. In 2000, Billy Bob Thornton directed Matt Damon and Penélope Cruz in the lead roles and, by most accounts, failed. If they did not succeed, I doubt even the Coen brothers could.
So fine - this book makes your heart fill and break - and fill again! Also makes you want to ride horses and whisper in spanish.... Cormac McCarthy is a genius story teller and also a prose poet. I have to ask though - why would Audible make only books one and three of a trilogy????? Can someone please tell me that?????
One of the finest audiobooks I've listened to thus far. This book draws you in with the characters, sketched deliberately but not overwrought, and with the descriptions of the landscapes that the young heroes pass through in their journey. This is a beautifully written novel and here the narration was superb; the narrator not only has a command of different American accents, but he also spoke Spanish well enough to keep the flow going. Because much of the dialogue switches between English and Spanish, and because I speak both languages, I especially appreciated the narrator's foreign language skills.
In terms of the story, WOW -- what a gem. A journey, a love story, a coming-of-age tale, a tale of two cultures, a Western -- this book fits into so many different genres, and succeeds in all of them. There are references to both American (Hemingway) and Mexican (Juan Rulfo) literature; it is rare that I have read a book that draws upon two different cultural traditions. The author is obviously well versed in both. The way that he evokes the stark open land of the Mexican north reminds me of Rulfo's depictions of the town of Comala in "Pedro Paramo" -- in both books, there is the sense of Mexico as being a very, very old land, where time passes more slowly and doubles back on itself in a way that it has long ceased doing in the United States.
This book had a story with twists and turns, it was interesting and I really enjoyed it too,
Brilliant narration, wonderful book. I couldn't stop listening. Never been drawn into an audio book like this - it was like reading a real book and not being able to put it down.