This book is very different than The Road, No Country for Old Men or other McCarthy books. He uses SO MANY WORDS to describe so many details. I have an above average vocabulary, but there were descriptions and scenes I just did not understand because I was not familiar with the words. It was a challenge to follow but the writing is a tour de force of vocabulary and is impressive. I also feel the story is very different than other McCarthy books - it doesn't charge forward in the same fashion as many of his books do. I think I listened to 5+ hours of this book and lost interest. It's over 20 hours of book!None of these factors are criticisms, I just want other readers/listeners to know. I ended up returning this on Audible ( a feature which i just discovered and for which I am very thankful)
I love Cormac McCarthy's work! I listened to The Road recently and loved it again. I've probably read 4-5 books by McCarthy.
Me? I'm not who you think I think I am.
this was an incredibly interesting story that left me sitting in my driveway not wanting to stop listeneing every evening. It has to be my favorite McCarthy book hands down. The imagery is clear. the narration couldnt have been better and the story is superbly odd, grousome, wounderful, and relateable all mixed together.
Gene Harrogate and his schemes.
His ability to bring out each character's nuances with his voice acting.
a recoding made with at least 20th century technology
I have no idea what this genre is --ear hurting?
cannot tell since it was smothered in the terrible sound
couldn't listen long enough to tell
Doesn't anyone at Audio listen to a recording before selling it?
a story. I did not get past the first 20 minutes of the mindnumbing excruciating description of despair. incredibly disappointing. every sentence trying so hard , flowery prose with no plot or character. . Maybe it is easier to read and appreciate in print, but as an audible book, this really is a dud.
The Hand Maiden's Tale
Nice voice, smooth
this is one of Mccarthy's best, second only to Blood Meridian. Great descriptive writing, interesting characters.
I'm a huge Cormac McCarthy fan. His prose is just among the richest and most descriptive. It just flows.
I gave this book 4 stars because I just couldn't piece together the stories. Inside this book is a series of events all richly described, but varied and unordered.
If you love Cormac McCarthy, you'll instantly recognize the prose and style. You won't however find this a well ordered story. It doesn't flow like the Border Trilogy or The Road or No Country For Old Men, etc.
This must be the most Dark book I have ever listened to.... I only got to chapter 10 ..and only reached that chapter as my hard drive had died and I had nothing else on my i pod to listen to .
Decidedly unimpressed and would not recommend that you purchase this book unless you are on some type of antidepressant !!
Cormac McCarthy is an excellent writer. However, this story was very weak. There was really no story, just a bunch a individual unconnected events. If the same story had been written by a different writer it would likely have not been published. Overall, I'm very disappointed.