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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“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)
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!
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!
No, I think I would recommend the other reading 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.
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.
I can't think of one that would suffice
great book but probably far too violent for some, ok reading
If you are a fan of McCarthy, then you will love this book.
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