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Blood Meridian Audiobook
Blood Meridian
Written by: 
Cormac McCarthy
Narrated by: 
Richard Poe
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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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    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
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 02-20-13
    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 02-20-13
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    "One of the best books of all time"
    What did you love best about Blood Meridian?

    This was one of the best books I have ever "read". Some have compared the writing to poetry of Biblical proportions. I would say that that genius is readily apparent.

    Content-wise, the material is extremely dark and graphic, however, not for the purpose of shocking. There is a respectable honesty and maturity all the way through.

    The narrator's gritty tone was perfect for the material.


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    Pita North Shore City, New Zealand 01-19-13
    Pita North Shore City, New Zealand 01-19-13
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    "Dark American Classic Expertly Read"

    Commonly felt to McCarthy's masterpiece and a classic of American literature, this novel set in American wild west is dark and murderously violent, but the language is beautiful and poetic with a ruggedness that mimics the landscape. There are no heroes in the book and the main character, "the kid", is as blood thirsty, cruel and violent as all in the Glanton gang, but the anti-hero is "the Judge". Huge, pale, completely hairless and often naked, he is well read, educated and interested in all there is to learn. He is also supremely sadist, a child molester and child killer and kills or evokes killing purely for his own entertainment. His influence on the gang and on "the kid" lead down an ever increasingly violent path.

    This book shows the birth of America not out of hard work, enterprise and strong values, but out of murder, killing and war - man's desire for war and the evil that lurks in men. The native Americans, Mexicans and even the buffalo are all slaughtered as the characters plunder and rampage through America's beginnings.

    The language is extraordinary and incredibly, vast and amazingly descriptive - awe provoking. The reading of this is perfect. Poe brings the language to life, his accent, tones and understated reading is just brilliant.

    I cannot recommend this book enough and I will no doubt listen to this again (in a while after recovery), but this is absolutely NOT a book for everyone.

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    garrett sullivan 10-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely amazing!"

    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.

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    Josiah emlenton, PA, United States 10-12-12
    Josiah emlenton, PA, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "acceptable"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is good but has the flavor of a feaver dream. It is an acquired taste.

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