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Bruno

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  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (205)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Melinda says: "Glorious Flotsam & Jetsam on the River Styx"
    "Very dark and depressing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would need to like the characters (they are not people you would like to meet) The narrator would need to lift from the boring monotone delivery.


    What could Cormac McCarthy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He would need to make the characters more approachable and he could have written a story with less depressing post apocalyptic view of the world where they live. The writing is so depressing and dark that it is disturbing. This is a genre that I do not recommend.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Poe?

    Someone with a more expressive voice. His monotone delivery tended to put me to sleep.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The vocabulary was certainly extensive but, I felt at times that Mr McCarthy was using obscure words for no other reason than to show off his extensive vocabulary.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first McCarthy book. The genre is not for me or the faint hearted. I only made it to chapter 7 before I decided to stop listening. The dark, depressing post apocalyptic world in which the equally unlikeable characters live, coupled with the equally dark narration (possibly intentional) made this my worst Audible experience thus far.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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