Author, The Passion of Maryam
Have read this a couple times. Better with each reading, hearing. Richness of locations, ambiance, and characters who both specific and archetypal.
Blood Meridian is a masterwork, the greatest, and that's an end on it. The greatest.
Let's talk here about Richard Poe the genius narrator. His characterizations, regardless of McCarthy's intentions, are stunning. I count about four or five base timbres for the voices, and the genius of his performance proceeds from there. The vocal gravel, the certainty, the unapologetic descriptions and illuminations of horror, and on occasion grace (look carefully, every once in a while someone does someone a genuine good turn in this book), are transcendent.
I've read this book three times and listened to it at least five times. It does not disappoint.
Buy this now. You will not regret it.
A spectacularly enjoyable listening experience. Poe has an enthralling reading voice. I'll be looking into other work he has narrated.
Lots of memorable imagery. The voices are too similar to keep track of characters at times. Note that as chapters are announced a bunch of key words from the chapter are read off, I'm guessing this is in the printed version too but through the audio version its a bit confusing at first.
At once lean and lyrical, blood meridian is a masterpiece of biblical proportions. By it's very nature, mysterious and murderous, the type of literature to be experienced again and again.
Cormac McCarthy is a genius. I don't know what there isn't to love about this book and in the audible version. This would be my 5th time going through the book for reading it and one listening and I love it the same and maybe even more every single time.
I was enthralled from the start, but halfway through the book I started to lose interest. At first I loved the vivid, poetic descriptions of landscape and just about everything other detail. Soon though it started to feel too rich, like eating dessert again and again. I found myself longing for some simple dialog to move the plot forward. This was the first audiobook I found myself saying that it probably just wasn't meant to be an audiobook because reading it out loud just makes it sound silly after a while in a hippy, Jim Morrison kind of way. McCarthy must have had the Vietnam War on his mind when he wrote this as it feels like Blood Meridian strains to put history right -- painting a picture of Americans run amok in a foreign land, far from home and adrift from the restraints of authority and morality. In that sense it's both refreshingly new and jarring to read of the relentless lawlessness and violence that probably shaped U.S. western expansion. But the violence just gets comical after awhile with McCarthy's need to deep fry it all in poetic verse.
I will have to go back and read the book someday. The story is excellent and the performance also great, however it requires a steely constitution and focused attention to follow through and audio format. It was far to easy to lose track of the story.