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Blood Meridian Audiobook

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

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Publisher's Summary

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

©1985 Cormac McCarthy; (P)2007 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Amazon Customer Branson, MO, United States 01-15-15
    Amazon Customer Branson, MO, United States 01-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating and mystical"

    I haven't read a book that I highlighted and wrote in the margins more than this one. In the end, the failure of the kid is heart wrenching.

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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 01-06-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 01-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "AMERICAN EXPANSION"

    "Blood Meridian" paints a picture of the southwestern plains when Americans fought Mexicans for territory, scalped Indians for reward, and labeled human’ slavery and slaughter as a principle of American’ expansion. Cormac McCarthy writes an American story of the 1830s to 1850s. His two main characters exemplify darkness in humankind. “The kid” is a dirt poor runaway from an abusive family that eventually joins a band of scalp hunters. The soul of the gang is a man named Judge Holden; most often referred to as the Judge.

    "Blood Meridian" is a disturbing view of human nature. The kid participates in the carnage of the scalpers; not because he believes in the Judge’s view of the world but because he is free to do what he wants. The Judge believes the meaning of life is in war. The kid believes the meaning of life is in freedom; both beliefs result in human’ slaughter.

    One is left with a question when finished with McCarthy’s tale. Is "Blood Meridian" a judgment of the times or of humankind?

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    Patrick 12-15-14
    Patrick 12-15-14

    Et tu, Brute?

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    "A Poetic, Metaphoric, and Symbolism-Rich Wonder"

    I'll be frank right up front: I loved this book. It's McCarthy has such a seemingly effortless ability to render forth horrific and beautiful descriptions of everything from sunrises to Indian attacks that it's enough to make one weep with envy.

    McCarthy certainly gives the lie to the nostalgic romanticizing of the Old West enshrined in American culture; these cowboys 'n Indians aren't film-stock black hats/white hats (as it were), but each as brutal, kill-happy, and merciless as the other. Entire massacres are committed and described by McCarthy as almost trivial, mundane, routine matters; and the blood drips from literally every page. The grue and gore isn't exploitative in the slightest, however, as many other books containing graphic violence are charged with; the combination of McCarthy's palpably sensuous prose and his obvious knowledge of his subject serve not to titillate, but to simply tell a story.

    Overall: A deep, searing story where the bad may overtake the good, but the writing style is the gold of this book. This book will stick with you for a long time...

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    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 11-30-14
    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I think I liked it"

    I think I liked it, but it was so horrible, all the time. Many times, I'm a bit saddened when a good book is finished. Not this one, it was like having a rotten tough pulled; for days.

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    S. Bruno Baltimore, MD 08-14-14
    S. Bruno Baltimore, MD 08-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Surreal, vivid, not for the feint of heart"
    Any additional comments?

    This being my first McCarthy book, it caught me somewhat off guard. I won't rehash the storyline here, but I will say that it is a journey through a landscape and time told in vivid detail, through a series of events that are vicious and relentless. Its descriptions of the southwestern landscapes are breathtaking. The accounts of events are masterfully told. The brutality of it all is not for the feint of heart. If you think you've heard stories about roving bandits in the Wild West, this book will offer a whole new perspective.

    I would just add that the narration is excellent and effectively buttresses the story. Poe speaks with a cadence that brings the text to life and almost lets you chew on each sentence.

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    augustine 07-21-14
    augustine 07-21-14
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    "A Very Violent Parable"

    This is Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece. Having said that, the you must prepare yourself for the violence. If there ever was a parable for the constant state of war in which mankind finds itself in, this is it. The characters and episodes border on the edge of realism / surrealism. If you are a fan of McCarthy because of the "The Rosd", this book is a must read, as it lays the foundation of his world view.

    Blood Meridian is a difficult read under the best of circumstances. Richard Poe's reading captures the spirit of the novel and helps the listener get past the technical jargon that McCarthy uses so well. I had read the novel many years ago and find that it is best not to worry too much about McCarthy's dense language.

    A tough listen, but worth the effort.

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    Trevor 05-13-14
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    "Fantastic Detail - Challenging Vocabulary"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who has the time to stop and define the various geological formations, challenging diction and Spanish dialogue. If not, this is a challenging text to follow at times.
    The story itself is sometimes lost to the detail being provided. If you're looking for a fast paced, action packed, suspenseful novel, I would not recommend this text.
    This one is a ponderous, soul wrenching, thinker!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Meridian?

    The stunning imagery created by McCarthy floats into my head whenever I look over my own prairie landscape. He spends a lot of time and effort creating the reality of the text for the reader, crafting the mood for each scene. This imagery does, however, at times take away from the pace of the story.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    The Judge is a fantastic and haunting character. Richard Poe does an excellent job with all of the dialogue in the text, but the Judge is the most memorable. This is the best read audiobook I've experienced.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The text can be quite confusing at times if you don't have knowledge of a) Spanish b) a wide range of specific geological terms c) civil war & post civil war era terminology. The overall reaction I experienced was often shock and disgust. It is a very dark story, from beginning to end. The reader can't help but let their sight flicker inwards now and again.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written novel but very challenging to fully grasp as an audiobook because of its difficulty.

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    John 02-06-14
    John 02-06-14
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    "A Philosophy of life that is stark and meaningless"

    The author portrays a world of meaningless violent actions and unknown victims. One reading is not enough to hear the words. This book must be witnessed and discussed with other to find any meaning beyond the tail itself.

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    Great Scot 08-21-13
    Great Scot 08-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "So boring, it was painful."
    What would have made Blood Meridian better?

    It felt as if every line was written to be meaningful, and the narrator read it with that emphasis. Unfortunately, this made the pace painfully slow and everything (meaningful or not) blended together. I often drifted off and lost entire sections.


    Has Blood Meridian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is my fourth Cormac McCarthy book. I've forced myself through all but The Road. I won't bother again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Faster paced narration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood Meridian?

    McCarthy spends a great deal of time describing scenery, clothing, etc. Some authors use this to bring flavors into the text. He uses it to put the reader to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously? I should get an award for finishing this book.

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    C. Hardesty 05-31-13
    C. Hardesty 05-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Perhaps My Favorite Audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The performance alone is worth the listen. Combine this with the lyrical loveliness and awfulness of McCarthy's best work in my opinion and you've got a narrative experience second to none.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Meridian?

    The Comanche raid.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    His voice and his timing were perfect for McCarthy's work.


    If you could rename Blood Meridian, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't dare.


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