This book was fantastic on two levels. One of pure entertainment and the other is profound thoughts. This book is a thriller mixed with great dialog and wonderful interior monologue. The characters are very engaging and the end of the piece is the best part.
This book was captivating and I really enjoyed it. I got bored with the last 45 minutes of the book though, I kept listening thinking something was going to happen, but it was all just he sheriff rambling about nothing.
Good book though, definately worth listening to.
Great story, absolutely beautifully told with great accents in the characters and you can see them as well as hearing their voices. Nobody could award less than 5 stars, with the story keeping you in suspense the whole way.
The Sheriff is hanging up his badge and figured he owned himself, and us, an explanation. Turns out he doesn't think he can save us. I figure he thinks we're so bad hurt that we're not worth savin'. Wish there was something cheerful to add. Really wish there was.
I found the story pointless, the author just wants to spew his rhetoric about what the world has become. The characters are all so intraspective, it got to be very agitating to listen to them go on and on. I did not enjoy this book at all, I forced myself to finish it and it gave me a stomach ache.
This is a book to be numberered among the greats. It will prove at times terrifying, sage, provoking and reflective. It is never boring or predictable. I had no idea who the author was nor who the reader was. I became an instant fan of both. It is a book that has the power to force a reader or listener to rethink where he has been and where he is going. I recommend it without qualification.
The NYT review certainly nails one aspect; this book gets off to an excellent start, but the ending meanders off into some private desert where the narrative momentum dissipates. The book starts like Die Hard but ends on a very different key; the sheriff who provides some first-person framing of the narrative at the start of the book moves to center stage. It's almost like two very different stories spliced into a single book. McCarthy is an excellent author, with a good ear for dialogue. His writing is spare, sometimes too spare; passages will start "He went to the hotel..." and continue for several paragraphs on pronouns until you figure out who "he" is and which hotel he went to. This is a book that makes you work to get its sense. However, if you don't mind reading a story in which the ending isn't all Hollywood, then take a chance; No Country for Old Men has a gritty realism to it that is lacking in much modern fiction. The narrator is excellent, capturing and conveying each character's essence.
I listen to two audiobooks a month. My main interest is in a well-told story, so I enjoy a lot of fiction. But I like history as well
The characters in this novel have depth, and even though you don't like some of them, you still want to know more about them. The plot is about money, crime, love, passion. The theme is the eternal unity and difference of good and evil, and the setting is Texas. Everything fits together very well. The characters and the plot are as big and diverse as the setting, and the theme is recurrent and thought-provoking. The narration is superb. You can't miss here. But one thing could be irritating, having to do with resolution. But don't let that stop you. If you like adventure, mystery, and a philosophical exploration of good and evil in our time, listen to this book!