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All the Pretty Horses | [Cormac McCarthy]

All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.
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Publisher's Summary

National Book Critics Circle, Fiction, 1993

All the Pretty Horses, the first volume of the Borders Trilogy, tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons; beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.

©1992 Cormac McCarthy; (P)1992 Recorded Books, Inc., ©2000 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This unabridged version is one of the best recorded books to date, for Frank Muller's narration is such a perfect model of balance and control that it deserves an award in itself." (Library Journal)
"McCarthy puts most other American writers to shame. [His] work itself repays the tight focus of his attention with its finely wrought craftsmanship and its ferocious energy." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Muller's straightforward, unembellished reading suits the spare drama of McCarthy's acclaimed novel....Muller's accent in conveying Mexican voices is as convincing and unforced as his others, and he evokes equally well a distinctive personality for each character." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 11-09-06
    Kevin Santa Susana, CA, United States 11-09-06
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    "I Can't Add Much"

    I can't add much to the other positive reviews other than to say I heartily agree. Of the 40 or so audio books I've listened to, this is probably the best. Cormac McCarthy paints with words and Frank Muller frames and displays this canvas perfectly with his artful reading. This book is a treasure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 06-22-10
    Katherine amelia ohio 45102 06-22-10
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    "Ouch"

    Too much GDs etc...................but loved the movie

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    J. IRVINE, US, Canada 07-26-09
    J. IRVINE, US, Canada 07-26-09

    Schammer

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    "breather"

    I can't stand it when I can hear the reader breath.

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    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 12-14-07
    Stacy Nunya, IN, USA 12-14-07
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    "Absolutely Horrible"

    Recommended by Audible and will never accept another recommendation from them because of this. Very boring, very long-winded. I skipped several areas and when I would go to listen again, it was talking about the same scene.

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    Ann Pleasanton, TX, United States 05-29-12
    Ann Pleasanton, TX, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Totally disappointing - a sleeper"

    I watched the movie after listening to the book. The movie is not bad, but the book is a total bore.
    Muller was too hard to hear and discern what was happening. Had to "rewind" a few times, but finally gave up and "fast forwarded" instead. Think possibly another narrator would have brought some needed life to this book. I couldn't mark no stars for performance, but that would be my choice.

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    Dan Yreka, CA, USA 10-21-08
    Dan Yreka, CA, USA 10-21-08
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    "didn't grab me"

    lost interest after first hour, just couldn't get into the story nor the reader's soft dull voice

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    Marcia Yarmouth, ME, United States 02-02-09
    Marcia Yarmouth, ME, United States 02-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "So slow I could hardly bare it"

    Usually I try to stay with a book... eventually I get hooked in. I couldn't bare the cadence, the lack of energy... the tone. Even though the reader is one of my all time favorites... I finally bagged it.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Voorhees, NJ, USA 04-12-05
    Susan Voorhees, NJ, USA 04-12-05
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    "Don't waste your time"

    It is very rare for me to want to put down a book before I finish it, but this one almost made me do it! Stiff, one-dimensional charactors, no plot to speak of, and descriptions and scenery so overdone that you find yourself thinking "enough already!!" One of the worst books I have ever read, and I read a LOT!

    6 of 31 people found this review helpful
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