©1985 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2007 Recorded Books
“The authentic American apocalyptic novel…I venture that no other living American novelist, not even Pynchon, has given us a book as strong and memorable as Blood Meridian.” (Harold Bloom)
"McCarthy is a writer to be read, to be admired, and quite honestly envied." (Ralph Ellison)
"McCarthy is a born narrator, and his writing has, line by line, the stab of actuality. He is here to stay." (Robert Penn Warren)
WOW...I've got to get the print of this book and read it, then listen to it again, then read it again. Absolutely one of the best McCarthy books out there. Brutal doesn't describe adequately the vision he gives you of this period of our country and history.
Richard Poe delivers an excellent performance!! Well worth the credit spent.
The story is good but has the flavor of a feaver dream. It is an acquired taste.
Audible makes me love being stuck in traffic :)
Tells a good story, with an ending that both resolves the story but also leaves some questions for the reader. It's written in the typical, hard-to-read McCarthy fashion, but you get used to that the more you read him. It helps to read his books close together as well.
One warning--this story is very dark and gruesome, which is only accentuated by McCarthy’s poetic style. I love any story that moves me—whether it horrify me, make me cry, make me proud, laugh out loud, whatever. This story will horrify you.
My favorite McCarthy is still, hands down, The Road. It’s actually one of my favorites ever. Don’t watch the movie, though. Awful.
Listened to it twice to better appreciate and enjoy it. So rich, so wonderful. Dark and violent, yes... but that's what the time and place was. I have never encountered such a masterful rendering of the English language. This is the 20th century equivalent of Shakespeare. I read "The Road" also, and it was very good. This book is high art.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)
I would but it's not for everyone. It's more for fans of literature.
The complete dismantling of the genre. I don't generally like traditional Westerns.
There were a bunch of good scenes. I don't really have one favorite.
Probably the Judge. He is unlike any character I've come across in literature.
Blood Meridian is considered McCarthy's masterpiece and Richard Poe’s narration is a perfect fit. The book’s brutality and pervasive violence might put some off but it could be viewed as a part of the time the story takes place in, the U.S. South West of the early 19th century, and the world that the characters inhabit. This is not the old-West of John Wayne and Rio Bravo. It’s more a dystopian, nightmare version of a Western – and after listening to this tale it makes other Westerns seem almost childish and stale. McCarthy’s prose is as good as any I’ve ever read or listened to. It’s also one of the few novels that I’ve actually re-listened to.
I'll only add that Richard Poe's extraordinary skill as narrator will be, I think, a cause of gratitude and source of great pleasure for those who miss Frank Muller. Poe is no copycat, but there is still a similarity of vocal strength, fluidity, nuance, and deeply intelligent understanding of the text that followers of Muller will revel in. I did, anyway, and that was on the very heels of listening to All the Pretty Horses and Cities of the Plain (1.2.3; back-to-back). I hope Poe wouldn't mind the comparison; I'd have been stunned by the skill if I'd never heard Muller. To Guidall, Muller, and Patton, I add Poe; and I hope he gets a lot of good, strong, deep texts in the future.
This is on the 100 best of the 20th century list. It is not McCarthy's best work. I thought it was weirdly violent and kind of bizarre. I'd say read the Border Trilogy instead.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
As with all of the stories by Mr. McCarthy this one is dark. The characters are not likeable but one really gets the idea of what type of people came West. The performance was quite good.
I was captivated from the start.
I took this audiobook hiking with me and extended my hike several days in a row to almost total muscle failure because I didn't want to stop the story.
The content is grim, based largely on historic fact, and the narration is great, too.
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