Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West Audiobook | Cormac McCarthy | Audible.com
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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West | [Cormac McCarthy]

Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

Blood Meridian tells the story of a teenage runaway known only as ‘the kid’, who falls in with a group of notorious outlaws: the Glanton Gang. Violent, direct, and extraordinarily powerful, the novel traces the destiny of ‘the kid’ as he falls further and further from grace, and into the clutches of the mysterious and demonic Judge Holden.
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Publisher's Summary

Blood Meridian is widely recognised as the masterpiece of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy. It is an historical epic, a compelling reinterpretation of the Western, and one of the great American novels of the 20th century. It tells the story of a teenage runaway known only as "the kid", who falls in with a group of notorious outlaws: The Glanton Gang. Violent, direct, and extraordinarily powerful, the novel traces the destiny of ‘the kid’ as he falls further and further from grace, and into the clutches of the mysterious and demonic Judge Holden.

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©1985 Cormac McCarthy (P)2009 Naxos AudioBooks

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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    Nathan Roseville, CA, United States 05-05-12
    Nathan Roseville, CA, United States 05-05-12

    So glad I became an Audible member a few years ago. I'll always love to read good stories, but it's also nice to listen to them as well!

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    "Flip the pages, skip the rewind"

    I wasn't paying attention when I used my credit on this one since I tend to avoid abridged versions of my favorite books. That being said, this version doesn't cut too much out and Robert G. Slade has a good voice for this story. BUT... I think this is a story better suited for actual reading.

    Blood Meridian seems to be a book which garners as much derision as it does praise. People seem to either dislike it because of the violence or to love it for McCarthy's beautiful (if not deliberately unorthodox) use of language. Personally, I've never read anything remotely comparable to this book. Sure it's violent. It takes place in the mid-19th century American West and it's main characters are scalp/bounty hunters on a hellish journey with no discernible destination other than damnation, perhaps. But in the end McCarthy's writing redeems any negative, lingering impressions, or at least it did so for me. The magic of this story can be easily lost if you're unable to give it your full attention, something that I imagine many audiobook fans can have a hard time with since we're a multitasking breed. Decent audiobook but an infinitely better read. And an unforgettable one at that!


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    Jesse Reston, VA, United States 05-05-13
    Jesse Reston, VA, United States 05-05-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No, I think I would recommend the other reading of blood meridian.


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

    I suppose my favorite parts are the judge's 'sermons' or the myths surrounding the judge throughout the story.

    Some of the random acts of violence (such as the tossing of puppies into a river and shooting them for what seemed no reason at all) were almost too much for me however and I took breaks after several of those but maybe I'm just soft.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked his voice in general but the character voices he does, especially for 'the kid' are terrible and far too comical in my opinion. He gives very serious voices to characters that are a joke (the colonel or captain that the kid joins up with near the beginning) which indicates to me that the narrator does not have a very good understanding of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can't think of one that would suffice


    Any additional comments?

    great book but probably far too violent for some, ok reading

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    Patrick San Jose, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Patrick San Jose, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Blood Meridian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you are a fan of McCarthy, then you will love this book.


    What other book might you compare Blood Meridian to and why?

    No Country for Old Men


    Who was the most memorable character of Blood Meridian and why?

    The Judge.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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