Reality is small details with out being endlessly descriptive just like all great art. Look at an Edgar Degas nose. Not much there but you get it. Frank Muller is masterful as always.
Audible needs to get The Crossing
What do I know about the lost cowboy days? I can't tell if this story is realistic or not, but it doesn't matter. It's about a young man who chases an imagined lifestyle, perhaps because his mother has abandoned him and sold his home, and his father is dying. There's no reason to stay. The events that happen are written realistically, the feelings the young man have are both realistic and realistically communicated between them, and the characters are sympathetic. I ended up liking this a lot, though I feared I wouldn't. The narrator seems right for the story, though extending words to increase emotion doesn't work so well.
Note: I did not like The Road and while No Country for Old Men is interesting, it's much too dark for me. All the Pretty Horses, though, has a kind of hopefulness that it's hard not to get caught up in. I am not reading the others in the series, though, because I read that they get darker.
I did not know if I was going to like a "western" book as I had not read any before this one, but decided to give it a try anyway... and I'm glad I did. The pace and voice of the narrator really did justice to the lyrical quality of the writing. Lovely!
Frank Muller does a wonderful job with this strong moody text. He captures the different voices without overdoing it.
Although this book had a slow pace the character was quite refreshing and redeeming. I frequently listen at bedtime so the slower pace doesn't bother me I still enjoyed the story.
This may be the best reading I've ever heard. The book is a knockout, of course, although McCarthy is not for the faint of heart. I only wish Audible had the same reader do the rest of the Border Trilogy.
I can't add much to the other positive reviews other than to say I heartily agree. Of the 40 or so audio books I've listened to, this is probably the best. Cormac McCarthy paints with words and Frank Muller frames and displays this canvas perfectly with his artful reading. This book is a treasure.
All the he said, smoke, smoke, he said...... I love horses and thought this would be a great book but just seemed the story was dragging and wouldn't happen....stopped listening and started to return it but reread the reviews so decided to give it a chance but finally gave up, just did not like it. Wish I had returned it before it was too late.