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Nathan

So glad I became an Audible member a few years ago. I'll always love to read good stories, but it's also nice to listen to them as well!

Roseville, CA, United States

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  • Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Robert G. Slade
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    (18)
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    Blood Meridian tells the story of a teenage runaway known only as ‘the kid’, who falls in with a group of notorious outlaws: the Glanton Gang. Violent, direct, and extraordinarily powerful, the novel traces the destiny of ‘the kid’ as he falls further and further from grace, and into the clutches of the mysterious and demonic Judge Holden.

    Nathan says: "Flip the pages, skip the rewind"
    "Flip the pages, skip the rewind"
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    I wasn't paying attention when I used my credit on this one since I tend to avoid abridged versions of my favorite books. That being said, this version doesn't cut too much out and Robert G. Slade has a good voice for this story. BUT... I think this is a story better suited for actual reading.

    Blood Meridian seems to be a book which garners as much derision as it does praise. People seem to either dislike it because of the violence or to love it for McCarthy's beautiful (if not deliberately unorthodox) use of language. Personally, I've never read anything remotely comparable to this book. Sure it's violent. It takes place in the mid-19th century American West and it's main characters are scalp/bounty hunters on a hellish journey with no discernible destination other than damnation, perhaps. But in the end McCarthy's writing redeems any negative, lingering impressions, or at least it did so for me. The magic of this story can be easily lost if you're unable to give it your full attention, something that I imagine many audiobook fans can have a hard time with since we're a multitasking breed. Decent audiobook but an infinitely better read. And an unforgettable one at that!


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