No country for old men is a very good audio book with superb narration. Tom Stechschulte really does a great job of capturing the flavour of the setting and personalities involved in the story. The only reason I didn't rate this book a five is the tendancy McCarthy has for omitting essential pieces of information or deleting scenes you'd think would be vital (like the death of the main character no less). This quirk aside, he does a great job of transporting your mind to a unique part of the world and tells a good story.
I love listening in the car on the way to work. I like history and stuff.
I couldn't get hold of the book but the audio was excellent. I have seen the movie countless times and helped visualise the characters for the car journey. Unabridged really added depth to the story and was a good choice. The narration was spot on and the pace typically McCarthy.
This is an excellent listen, even if you have aready seen the movie. The depth of character development against the violence or threat of violence that is always just around the corner is a potent combination.....and this author should always use this narrator. I wouldn't want to hear Cormac McCarthy any other way.
I got this because I had seen the movie which I loved. The story is an excellent one that the movie faithfully told. Many scenes in the movie were taken word from word from the book. The book is longer and has a few more scenes and characters in it, some of that is in the negative criticisms found in these reviews. Where the movie finishes off the book does keep going with the Sherriff’s thoughts. If you like the action of the book you will not like the rambling of thoughts that periodically occur. I liked it though as it got to the deep thoughts of the story line, much like Steinbeck’s books would take a chapter to ponder the greater picture over the story line.
If your a fan of Steinbeck, or you like "The Road" or even Eastwood's "Unforgiven" western you will like this. It also shares the moral ambiguity of Tony Morrison's stories. This story is about two types of people, regular or good people who seek comfort and the law, and others who are bound by no moral code. There is a problem when a person crosses over that moral line, you can't cross back. What's done will stick with you till your dying days. In an area that is no place for "old men" as the title implies. There is a lot to think about in this story, to chew on as they say.
This was both masterfully written and expertly narrated. The author obviously respects his readers and lets them reach their own conclusions about the feelings and motivations of the characters. At no point does he spell out the plot for us. The writing kept me thinking and visualizing, and I found the narration by the sheriff to be particularly enjoyable. I highly recommend this.
Terrific story and an even better movie and the baddie is a truly marvellous depiction of pure evil, but I've seen Mr McCarthy touted as the great stylist and I can't go for that. If style means using the conjunctive more than any other writer in recorded history (he walked down and did x and shot y and got in his car....and and and ...I got lost listening for a full stop) then yes but Hemingway did this long ago and far better
I was prepared for an amusing read, but was floored by the power of this novel. Gritty, unflinching, but still beautiful. Highly recommended.
The narration is a plus.
Excellent listen. Narator does a good job with many different voices. The movie was good, and turns out it followed the book very closely. That's a tribute to how well McCarthy can paint a picture. Like the movie, the violence is disturbing, but that's integral to what the book is about.
Well written and well read. The story meanders a little and isn't a simple story arc. I found it a little hard to figure out who the main character was, and who I was supposed to identify with, but I'd listen to this one a couple times, so I think it is worhty of full marks.