At the beginning of the book, there is a character that serves as the cowboy philosopher voice of the author but seems about as connected to the rest of the story as the rehashed sidebars in a poorly written news magazine article. For most of the book, I had gotten used to tuning out until the story resumed. Then about 2/3 of the way through the book, the action stops and the rest of the book is either this character's monologue or monologue disguised as dialog with some sage old acquaintence. It's almost as if the author couldn't figure out how to get his point accross with the story and gave up and started making the point directly. I woulnd't have minded so much if his point had been profound and relevant to my life AND it could be made in a few pages but neither of those were true. The only reason I stuck with it was that I was sure this long side bar was going to end and we'd hear some more about the main story line but that never happened. If the Audible, "We hope you have enjoyed..." had not come on, I wouldn't have been sure the story was over.
I loved this book. On the surface it is an exciting and violent story. It is also multi-layered and under the surface it becomes a very profound story on life and death, good and evil and fate. After I finished this book, I thought about it for days.
The story was great and well developed. You are hooked from the begining. The narrator gave me a great feel of down home simple but honest wisdom. The author moved from character to character with carelessness leaving you wonder if you missed something. The ending however was the reason I could not give this book a better rating and a four might be a stretch. After a great story developement the author was only interested in the sheriff's personal history which was reflected on the unimagnitive disposition of the other characters.
Maybe when actually reading a hard copy of this book, it would be possible to ignore the incredibly subpar grammar and sentence structure this author uses. When listening, it is not. I thought if I had to hear one more run on sentence, using only the word "and" to join clauses, I was going to throw my mp3 player in the trash. The plot may be intriguing for fans of the thriller/mafia/chase genre, if they can wade through the idiotic dialogue, and the absolutely impenetrable descriptions.
This is a poorly plotted book that alternates graphic violence with boring dialogue that goes on and on and on. The dialogue is written and is read in a sort of Zane Gray meets Dumb and Dumber. Philosphically the author tries to glorify the simplistic, "just us good old boys proving that good old common sense and home grown wisdom beats intelligence and subtlety any time." The characters are more caricatures of southwestern "common" people than of real people and I gave up on the thing about one-third through it. The one star is because anyone who could get something this bad published deserves some recognition.
I loved the story, but the last hour was boring...It was a great up to the so-so ending, which is why I gave four stars...It's a real life ending...
A riveting read that I couldn't put down. Strongly drawn, unique and yet familiar characters. It doesn't go overboard in their depiction. It's not overwritten and it's not written like the author has been watching television or the latest hollywood crapbuster, like so many other blockbuster authors. I'm both excited and wary by what Hollywood is going to do with this book. Tommy Lee Jones has a bad tendency to overact if he doesn't have a strong director and the actor picked for Auton Sugar, well I just don't know.
Great book--excellent narration!
McCarthy is one of our finest living writers. The world he creates here is both frightening and real. Chirgurh thrives in a world that, for all its moral posturing, has "gone to war without God." From such a world, even the heroes walk away, defeated. I am afraid for my grandchildren, but grateful for this artist's touching lament.