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.
The story is too violent for my taste but the writing is exquisite and as a result, I will ,no doubt, be rereading in the future. Excellent narration although I had my doubts initially
while the prose and pacing of this novel are excellent. The content and pure graphic violence made it hard to bare at times. The cruelty and inhumane nature of man is front and center in this novel.
This book justifies and rewards those readers who have the capacity to read advanced prose. I. Could not have u nderstood this novel without having trained by way of copious prior literary e exploration because McCarthy presumes his readers are at the top of their game. He certainly is; this is an amazing novel not to be missed. The violence is unnerving and disturbing on many levels but it is also beautiful and sublime. Imagine a story as gripping and epic as Lonesome Dove but without a single good hearted character or even a single chuckle of humor. sounds 八点不同哦 itsg re s t
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
Cormac McCarthy is an excellent author and this work contains many a fine turn of phrase. But its subject matter is horrible: war and killing in the Southwest prior to the Civil War. The main character is an orphan boy growing up as he travels through the territory. One of the characters he meets in his travels is (apparently) the Devil. All of that is well and good. The part that is hard to listen to is the horrible encounters of the boy as he is traveling. Described in loving and extreme detail. Much blood and guts on the ground; dying people. Lots of cruelty. I do not understand why authors think the first couple of hours of a story should be spent trying to make their readers puke. It was as if, with each paragraph, he was trying to best himself with more disgusting descriptions. Horrid stuff! They will never make a movie for the Hallmark Channel from this book! Reader was good.
excellent book. kept my attention all the way through my first Cormac book. I would read again.
I need to listen again, right now !! This is the first Audio book book I've listened to by Cormac McCarthy and I will listen to more. I should probably also listen to the books that were made into movies that I much enjoyed viewing.